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Sevenoaks win local derby in difficult conditions

31 Jul 2017 - Tom Parsons

Sevenoaks Vine hosted Holmesdale in what was a must win for both sides who held the bottom two places in the league at the start of the day. After a wet week the groundstaff at Sevenoaks did a fantastic job in even getting the game on. Special thanks to Richard Parsons and Jason Carr for all their efforts during the week. Sevenoaks Vine won the toss and elected to field and it didn’t take long for the hosts to get a breakthrough. Tom Parsons back from injury got two wickets in his first over to put Holmesdale in a bit of trouble. A solid partnership between ex Sevenoaks player Luke Blackaby and the Holmesdale overseas player steadied the ship for the visitors. Miles Richardson produced a stunning ball to dismiss the latter before the rain came for the first time. A reduced match is now on the cards and a further rain break just as Karl Pearson dismissed Blackaby meant that Sevenoaks were to chase 177 from their 30 overs with Parsons and Zak Crawley picking up some vital wickets at the end of the innings with some good death bowling. The chase began badly when Zak Crawley ran himself out for 2 and the game could go either way with Duckworth Lewis likely to play a part in it. Two brilliant partnerships between Harrison Smyth and John Bowden and then Smyth and Max Aitken left the vine to a very good eight wicket win. The game was played on a fantastic spirit and for credit goes to Holmesdale for wanting to play on a horrible day in Sevenoaks. Credit also must be given to the empires who did everything in their power to allow the game to go on.