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26 Jun 2013 - Mike Wright

Vine U13: Match report vs Holmesdale

Eish – what a heartbreak hotel story.

The Vine took on the local rivals Holmesdale on a threatening Sunday morning. Rain was due at 11am and although it arrived slightly later and took the teams off the pitch for a few minutes the weather quickly turned into a nice day.

Unfortunately it wasn’t as kind to the Vine U13 team – James Phillips (captain for the day) won the toss and decided to bat. Connor Wright and Hugh Jones were sent in to see off the openers and lay a foundation – targeting 5 an over they were looking good at 24 off 5 overs before Wright played around a straight one that clipped the top of middle stump. Dylan Reynolds is our ‘go-to’ number 3 and joined Jones who then neatly clipped one off his toes straight to mid-on. This brought Phillips to the crease and 20 run partnership saw the total being 52 at the half way mark. Reynolds pushed forward and was caught and bowled and Phillips didn’t manage to clear the inner ring and was caught as well. Sam Brown and Gabriel Bonner-Davies started brightly but couldn’t get the ball away, before Brown middled a legside drive straight to a fielder. Michael Smith joined Bonner-Davies for the final 6 overs and pushed the score along with ones and twos, but the momentum was lost as Bonner-Davies was run-out.

Vine ended on 103 for 7 off 22 overs.

Holmesdale started brightly with a cracking 4 but were then pegged back by Jones and Brown with some straight bowling – focusing on keeping the ball away from the dangerous short boundary. Jones was rewarded with a wicket while Brown had 2 maidens. Holmesdale were 16 for 1 off 6 at one stage and we had a missed catch which would have sent back their best batsmen. The next two bowlers, Phillips and Gavin were not as economical and the game swung back to the opposition before a farcical mix-up to a leg bye and a fine throw from Wright to run out the highest scoring batsman. Smith and Bonner-Davies bowled well and Vine was still in the game with 2 overs to go and 15 needed. However with 9 off the penultimate over there was little to defend and a full toss four to the short boundary ended a thrilling match.

Batting honours go to James Phillips with 21 and bowling honours to Sam Brown with 1 for 8 off 4.