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Third Team go down fighting

18 Jul 2017 - Tom Parsons

Saturday was yet another hard day at the office for the Third Team, losing to a high-flying

Belvedere side. The Vine won the toss and elected to bat on a good-looking wicket, and

the decision to bat first appeared justified with Hogan and Domine building a strong

platform for the Vine at 44-2 after 14. However, a quick flurry of wickets fell, leaving the

Third Team struggling at 63-6 at drinks. Elliott (47) and Bezuidenhout (23) rebuilt the

innings well, getting to 120-7 after 29 overs before Bezuidenhout was bowled. Robinson

(31 not out) continued the momentum with Elliott, before a lower order collapse saw the

Vine bowled out for the 166 after 38 overs, meaning Belvedere received our two

remaining overs.

Despite the below-par batting performance, the Vine came out determined to take a few

quick wickets; the Belvedere openers had other ideas with one believing it was a T20 and

began to smash the ball to all parts before an in swinging yorker by Robinson took his leg

stump. Soon followed was a period of stability for the Belvedere batsmen; although runs

came few and far between, and the bowlers creating plenty of chances, the score ticked

along nicely. Despite an Elliott double in the latter overs, there were simply not enough

runs on the board with Belvedere completing the chase with four overs remaining. If the

Vine had batted all their overs, who knows what the outcome might have been?

With seven games left in the season, the team remains optimistic about avoiding

relegation. This weekend sees the Third Team face off against third place Gravesend RF

CC at Orchard Field.