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U13s Show Potential In Loss Against Tunbridge Wells

1 Jun 2021 - Harry Robinson

Having been put into bat on what was, for once, a fairly dry wicket Vine got a great start through George Lythgoe and Ben Warburton who both looked in command against a tidy opening attack. A partnership of 30 at five an over set the base for the innings at Vine appeared to be set to post a challenging total. Unfortunately a brilliant run out sent George back and sparked an major collapse with 5 wickets falling in the space of just 3 overs. Will Deacon, batting at 3, steadied the Vine ship and got the scoreboard moving again while wickets continued to tumble at the other end. Tristan Petersen offered some resistance to keep him company but was ultimately left stranded on 39 not out as Vine posted what looked like a not very competitive total of just 82. To the credit of the whole of the Vine team the Tunbridge Wells batsmen were immediately put under pressure. Jaison Ramchandran and George van der Westhuizen bowled excellently and Vine quickly had  the opposition 2 down and struggling to score runs. Some keen and aggressive fielding backed up the bowlers and first and second change attack Lythgoe and Max Blincoe chipped in with wickets. A tight finish looked on the cards especially after a Ramchandran run out and another wicket from a Warburton slower ball. Tunbridge Wells middle order batsman Zane Malik had other ideas, however, and guided his team home with a well crafted 25 not out which saw his team home.

The Vine batting collapse had unfortunately been the game changer so despite a great effort in the field and with the ball Tunbridge Wells took the majority of the points in a 4 wicket win. There is loads of potential in the squad and results are bound to improve with the efforts shown by the whole team in the second part of the match