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Sevenoaks Vine 1st XI lose to Beckenham 1st XI

6 Jun 2017 - Tom Parsons

SVCC 1st XI travelled to Beckenham on Saturday looking to build on a good away win versus Holmesdale the weekend before.

Losing the toss and bowling first, the Vine made a good start to the task in hand, reducing the hosts from 27-0 to to 85-5 with the wickets shared around the bowlers. The key wicket of Kent batsman Alex Blake fell as Zak Crawley had him LBW for 34, Beckenham looking very vulnerable at 102-6. A strong partnership of 74 for the 7th wicket however  brought Beckenham back into the game before the Vine polished off the tail, the last 3 wickets falling for 13 runs. Tom Coldman the pick of the bowlers with 9.3 overs, 3 wickets for 25 runs. Max Aitken also contributed 6 overs, 2 for 18. The Vine needed 190 to win.

The response started poorly, the Vine reduced to 38-3 with Durell, Shales and Crawley all back in the pavilion. When Barber departed, the Vine were 50-4, a not dissimilar situation to Beckenham in the first innings. A period of stability did follow, overseas Harrison Smyth applied himself well for 26 but when he fell LBW, it felt like a significant partnership had been broken. The Vine then found themselves 137-7 after another two wickets fell. Miles Richardson batted excellently to make 54 but when he was bowled by the impressive Beckenham overseas, the game had swung heavily in the favour of the home side. The Vine were out of firepower and were eventually all out for 165 in the last over, falling 25 runs short.

There were only 14 4’s scored in the game, 7 a-piece and upon reflection, it was Beckenham’s 7th wicket partnership that won them the game. The Vine didn’t help themselves by bowling 26 wides, one more than the ultimate winning margin.

It was another game of two halves for the Vine, the bowling and fielding on the whole excellent but the batting left much to be desired. I have full confidence that when the batsmen begin applying themselves well, the Vine will be a stern challenge for every side in the league. It has been a tough start for SVCC but there are 13 games left, plenty of time to get some points under our belts and begin climbing the Premier League table.

Olly Durell