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U15s Fall Short Against Tunbridge Wells and Castle Hill

7 Jun 2021 - Harry Robinson

U15 Premier League at Tunbridge Wells CC

The Prem. side had the pleasure of playing at the very nice Nevill Ground, unfortunately The Vine’s poor run on that ground (the 1st XI lost there yesterday) continued. Henry won the toss and elected to bat on a good pitch. Jack got us off to a good start scoring 29 with some lovely pull shots. Unfortunately, the batting was a bit light this week and aside from Monty’s excellent 31 in the middle order, we probably ended the innings with 20-25 runs less than needed, all out for 126 on the last ball of the 25 overs.

The Vine got off to a solid start, keeping the older TWCC batts in check to remain in the game around the 10 over mark, Monty picking up one of the openers plumb LBW. After that they managed to score at a steady pace to eventually ease ahead and win the match by 7 wickets in the 22nd over, Henry and Will picking up the other wickets. The guys stuck at it in the field, and mostly bowled well aside from one, sometimes two, “four balls” per over…lessons to be learned. A special mention to Toby who kept wicket, at late notice, for the first time and was a natural, including at catch up to the stumps off Will and a mere three byes. Reduced extras was a definite positive from this game.

At the half-way mark of the League we are 1 and 4, however I’m confident the lads will continue to learn and improve over the next 5-weeks.

U15 West Malling League at Addington-Town Malling CC

The WM side travelled to Addington this afternoon to take on a combined side, with the Vine batting first. We lost early wickets and were 26/4 at one stage before some solid middle order work from Charlie 21, set the stage for some late innings hitting from Luca (25 not out, including a six). At the end of the 25th over, SVCC had set a total of 111/7.

In the field The Vine managed to take regular wickets (2 each to Milo and Olly, another to Owen on debut, plus 3 run outs), however the extras told the tale with 52 in total, incl. 35 wides! Unfortunately leaking that many runs allowed the opposition to sneak home in the 24th over by two wickets, 112/8. Definite focus at training this week will be straighter bowling for the lads.