Sevenoaks Vine CC 2nd XI make it 5 out of 5 wins
6 Jun 2017 - Tom Parsons
Sevenoaks Vine 2nd XI entertained newly promoted Beckenham CC on the Vine. Sevenoaks Vine skipper Harry Johnson won the toss and decided to bowl first. Johnson opened the bowling down the hill moving the new ball both ways bowling a tight line and bowling 44 dot balls in his spell making it hard for Beckenham top order to start their innings. Backed up by Carslaw from the other end the Vine got off to a great start removing 2 batsmen within 10 overs with superb bowling from Carslaw and fielding from the Vine players. With Johnson 0-20 off 10 and Carslaw 3-18 off 7, the Vine gained confidence and kept the runs low forcing Beckenham to try to get a foothold in the game. At the half way point in Beckenham’s innings, the visitors where 56-4 and the Vine’s pressure and persistence paid off after drinks when Thompson’s sharp work forced a ran out from an Easton throw in the deep. More wickets were to follow when Thompson 2-21 off 10 forced the Beckenham batsmen in to playing risky shots and with great control and variations in pace, it led to another wicket for the Vine.
With the Vine picking up vital wickets the visitors started to hit some much-needed boundaries giving their innings momentum and began to form some partnerships at the crease. A bowling change at both ends saw wickets begin to fall, Blackwell proving to be too quick for the middle and tail end batsmen taking 3-37 off 8 with precise death bowling. Young Spin bowler Reid-Dick 1-23 off 6 impressed again with great turn and bounce removing a Beckenham batsmen which could have proved too have been a problem for the Vine. Carslaw finished the Beckenham innings off with the first ball of his 2nd spell meaning the visitors finished on 138.
Thompson and Bekker got the Vine off to a flying start hitting regular boundaries punishing anything to full or short from the Beckenham bowlers and running hard between the wickets. Thompson fell for 28 mistiming a short ball which was well caught by the Beckenham fielder. With the Vine needing to rebuild after its great start, the Vine kept going hard for boundaries but started to give the visitors chances which were not taken. Bekker (57*) and Sayeed (43*) continued to punish any loose bowling hitting quick boundaries bringing the 5th win of the season for the Sevenoaks Vine 2nd XI.