Youngsters show real promise in U17 Festival
10 Aug 2017 - Tom Parsons
Day 1: SVCC vs Lingfield- 8 men Vine excel as Houillion scores massive 168*
On the first day of the annual Tunbridge Wells U17’s Festival, a numerically disadvantaged SVCC side took on Lingfield. Dan Martin and Harry Houillion started off the Vine innings fluently but lost Martin early on. Although SVCC were short on numbers, they batted exceptionally well batting first recording 275-2 off their designated overs. This included one of the finest junior innings witnessed for a long time as Harry Houillion scored 168* reaching the boundary 27 times. He was accompanied by Harry Bevan-Thomas (51) and Henry Procter (37*).
With only 8 players, SVCC faced a monumental task defending the total. However, with the Vine bowlers bowling tight lines they managed to restrict Lingfield to 178-6. Special mentions to Arthur Sackville-West with figures of 1-27 from his 7 overs and Douglas Ramchandran who bowled tidily during the middle overs. William Gough-Cooper kept wicket exceptionally only conceding 5 byes against bowlers much older than himself.
Day 2: SVCC vs Brighton- Rain halts Vine momentum
The second day of the Tunbridge Wells Tournament was one of frustration to the SVCC side vs Brighton. After being put into bat again by the opposition, Dan Martin and Harry Bevan-Thomas looked to replicate yesterday’s batting performance. However, Brighton opening bowlers managed to get Martin early as well as some of the Vine top order. Bevan-Thomas and Houillion continued yesterday’s form scoring 59 and 56* respectively bringing the Vine to a score of 179-6 off their overs.
Douglas Ramchandran started the Vine defence brilliantly with figures of 3 overs 1-10 in his spell. This was then followed by Bevan-Thomas mesmerising the Brighton order with 5-14. Some excellent fielding by the Vine restricted Brighton, however when the rain arrived at the Nevill, it wasn’t enough as play had to be abandoned and Brighton running out winners on Duckworth-Lewis.
The Vine face locals rivals Hartley in their final group game tomorrow with all 3 out of 4 teams on 1 win a piece, all was to play for to get to the finals on Friday.
Day 3: SVCC vs Hartley- Rain halts Vine Progress
Sadly, there was no play on day 3 of the Festival. Due to other results elsewhere, the young SVCC team failed to progress to Finals Day even though they had scored more runs than anyone else in the tournament. Also, a big thanks to Mike Martin who ran the games on the days.
SVCC Top Run-Scorer: Harry Houillion- 224 runs
SVCC Top Wicket Taker: Harry Bevan-Thomas- 7 wickets
SVCC Development Player of the Tournament- Douglas Ramchandran
SVCC Player of the Tournament- Harry Houillion