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Sevenoaks Vine miss increasing lead at the top

19 Jun 2017 - Tom Parsons

Sevenoaks Vine CC 2nd XI vs Tenterden 2nd XI

Sevenoaks Vine visited newly promoted Tenterden who won the toss and decided to bat. SVCC Captain Johnson opened the bowling again alongside Carslaw and Tenterden immediately showed their intent playing shots narrowly avoiding fielders and on the dry outfield they got off to a strong start. An opportunity came when the opening batsman skied a Johnson delivery but was dropped by the fielder in the deep. Johnson and Carslaw started to frustrate both batsman with tight lines but both the opening batsman took their chances making a quick 35 and 26 before being removed by unplayable deliveries from Blackwell and Robinson. With the heat bowling changes were regular and the Tenterden middle order punished any tired balls or poor fielding from the young SVCC team which gave their innings momentum. With the pitch being slow and turning White bowled a tidy spell taking 3 wickets exposing the tail end of the Tenterden side and with Johnson removing the batsman causing the Vine side trouble resulting in the home side finishing on 234-8.

SVCC started off well punishing the no balls and wide deliveries from the Tenterden bowlers but when J White went after a wide ball the first wicket fell. Adams returning from injury scored 55 and C White 34 formed a vital partnership for SVCC but with tight bowling it was proving to be a frustrating afternoon for the Vine batsman and resulted in the last 10 overs for the lower order to start playing aggressive shots which was proving to be a good option but unfortunately it was too little too late for the batting side who fell short of their total.