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10 Jun 2013 - Mike Wright

Match Report: Vine U13 vs Withyham AWAY

Vine U13 travelled to Withyham on a lovely spring evening, (apart from the traffic on the A26).

Vine won the toss and elected to bat. Arthur Sackville-West (18 runs) and Hugh Jones (15 runs) took guard under instructions to see off the opening bowlers and nudge the ball around. The pitch was green and providing active support to the bowlers. Both openers took their job seriously and Vine were 18 runs after 5 overs. Arthur started to force the pace and pulled balls from middle stump to the leg with some success – unlucky to find the fielders more often than not. One too many across the line saw his stumps rattled. Dylan Reynolds joined Hugh and was looking confident until he stepped across and the top of his leg stump was clipped. Christian Bryant came to the crease on 35 for 2 after 11 overs and Vine had wickets in hand but were needing to force the pace. Scoring freely he was eventually caught on the long-on boundary for 30 to a fine catch that hung in the evening sky for an eternity. Sam Brown came in swinging and made a quick-fire 15 before being bowled but it was too late in the innings as the overs were almost gone. Although we learnt our lesson from Tunbridge Wells (to fast too soon) we seemed to go to the other extreme and bat too conservatively to start with without being able to accelerate the innings enough at the end. Vine scored 109 for 6 off the 22 overs.

Withyham batted sensibly and were moving along until Dylan took a fine catch off Ryan Gavin. For the first time ever Ryan was encouraged to bowl short as the movement off the pitch made the ball hard to play. Hugh bowled economically conceding 10 runs off 4 overs. Christian bowled too full (and wide on occasions) and was punished. It took all of this umpire’s restraint to not shout “SHORT PLEASE” after the 4th four ball. Sam Chitty was rewarded with a wicket for some straight bowling and Christian and Gabriel Bonner-Davies combined to run-out the new batsmen trying to take on the throw. James Philips bowled straight but a bit too full, but was rewarded with a top-edge to Sam Chitty at square leg.

At one point Withyham needed 32 off 5 overs and looked like struggling, but some fine hitting and some loose (and full) bowling saw them get home with 4 balls to spare.

All in all a fine game of cricket, played in a great spirit and close at the end.

Batting award to Christian for the high score of 30 and fielding award to Alfie Berger-North who patrolled the Long-On boundary and chased nearly every ball down.