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U13s To Learn A Lot From Mistakes Made Against Castle Hill and Cowdrey

7 Jun 2021 - Harry Robinson

Under 13 Prem Vs Castle Hill 

ln almost perfect cricket conditions at home against Castle Hill The Vine were stuck in to bat on a dewy pitch. Castle Hill bowled well with a tight opening 4 overs. Ben Warburton was run out early doors as and the Vine struggled to get the score board moving with just 18 from the first 5 overs. Skipper Will Deacon was let off the hook, dropped by an easy catch from the bowler and at halfway point Sevenoaks were 43-2

The wicket quickly dried out making the ball harder to time, but Will and George van der Weisthuzen started to dispatch the bad ball. George took advantage of being dropped a couple of times, and both he and Will retired for 30. Unfortunately two batsman retiring in quick succession plus two quick wickets meant we lost a little momentum at a time we should have accelerated. Max Blincoe and Tristan Petersen managed to get us to a respectable 106-4, probably 15 runs short of our intentions

With the sun now shining and wicket drying out, the ball wasn’t coming on to the bat quite so easily, and Ben and George vdW took early wickets leaving Castle Hill 11-2 off 3 overs. George Van der Weisthuzen foxed batter with an impressive out of the back of the hand slower ball!

The first change attack struggled initially but a swap of ends did the trick for George Lythgoe and Castle Hill were 47-3 off 8 overs. Freddie Tiley bowled tightly and took a wicket with his first ball to a decent catch by James King at mid on. There was an impressive catch also from George vdW off Lucy Blincoe which came at the right time for Vine. Jasmine Beckett then came in with a crucially tight over 3 overs from the end giving just 1 run away. Castle Hill needed just 4 runs off the last over and got over the line with one ball remaining.

A really good game, played in good spirit but didn’t quite score enough runs.

Under 13s v. Cowdrey

The under 13 championship team played a 9  a side fixture at Cowdrey also in fine weather but with a challenging wicket. Vine was asked to bat by Cowdrey and openers Fin Cooper and Henry Neale saw off the opening bowlers before both falling in quick succession. A further wicket left Vine 25-3 and in need of some re-building. James Webb, Zavier Prongue and Josh McCann all made good contributions but unfortunately didn’t get to the crucial stage of retiring which could have lengthened the innings. A total of 92 all out felt a bit short of what was needed and the team needed a positive response in the field.

James W (with 2 wickets) and Thomas Porter (with 1) opened the bowling at 3 down the door seemed ajar for a comeback. On a two paced deck with inconsistent bounce batting and wicketkeeping were a challenge and bowling straight would prove the key. Although all the bowlers did a great job with Eddie Shepphard standing out for tidiness the total set proved to be within Cowdrey’s grasp for the loss of 5 wickets. The other Vine wicket taker was Josh who did very well. Fielding was encouraging and Thomas P did a great job leading the team as did Henry Neale as stand in keeper.

The learning experience on such a wicket will be invaluable with all the boys recognising the need to play straight when batting and bowl at the stumps when bowling. Limiting the number of extras is another lesson to learn. Again really good spirit and special thanks to Mark for scoring once again!