Tunbridge Wells (Away)
18 Jul 2013 - Nigel Langley
Border League – Division 1
Away to Tunbridge Wells CC Thursday 18th July 2013
Harry B-T (C)
Sam Collens (VC)
Ollie Hards (WK)
Tom Williams (WK)
We won the toss and decided to bat on a balmy evening on the top ground at the Nevill. 120 was going to be par score on a good deck with a quick outfield. TW and ZI opened up, and the former got off to a perfect start with a 4 in the first over but fell in the second bowled. ZI was soon caught behind 14-2, which left B-T and GC to get the innings back on the track. T. Wells have five very good spinners but we ticked the score along nicely with the score 35-2 after 7 overs, but we then lost 3 wickets for 4 runs in two over. B-T was needlessly Run Out going for a single for 8, GC cut a wide delivery to cover point and SC went for 0 caught behind to one of their leg-spinners. 39-5.
CD and RB went about repairing the innings and with 10 overs left we were 43-5, 120 was a long way off but they added 25 runs between them in 6 overs, waiting for the bad ball and running quick singles. RB was bowled which brought BW to the wicket and both he and CD got us past the 100 mark finishing 101-6 off the 20 overs, CD 16* and BW 17* played very well for a 37 run partnership in 5 overs.
101 gave us a chance but was 20 runs short of par, we needed to bowl and field well to push T.Wells and SC got us off to the perfect start with a wicket with the first ball of their innings. In CD’s second over he had the other T.Wells opener caught behind by Hards, but a dropped catch in the very next over was to prove costly.
After 8 overs we had been in it with their score on 30-2 but sloppy bowling and a few too many extras let T.Wells get away. In fairness the T.Wells 3rd wicket partnership batted well punishing the bad ball and both finished 25* and they coasted to victory with 3 overs left, best of the bowlers being ZI, 2-1-1-0 and CD, 3-0-10-1.
We needed 120 and that would have put more pressure on the T.Wells batters, but we have to take every chance against good teams and bowl consistently. What was pleasing was the fact that we bowled the lowest number of wides and no balls in a match this season but there were too many byes.
Many thanks to Peter Conley for Umpiring.
T.Wells 20 points
Sevenoaks Vine 4 points
Man of the Match – Conor Driscoll 17* and 3-0-10-1