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Bells Yew Green

24 Jun 2012 - Mike Wright

Vine U13s travelled to Bells Yew Green for the first of the rescheduled games.

The weather report was not favourable, but it turned out to be a lovely evening.

Captain Christian Bryant won the toss and elected to open on a dry wicket with Noah Zuberi. Bryant fended off the first few balls but pushed too hard at one and presented a simple caught and bowled. Ben Devaney came in and blazed away with 6 fours for a quick fire 27. Charlie Oster partnered Zuberi before he lost his leg stump for a robust 37 with 6 fours and one mighty six.

In the meantime Zuberi was accumulating runs and hitting the odd boundary himself. Andrew Reid-Dick played well for his 10 before being given out LBW by yours truly to a straightening ball that he felt was sliding down leg (sorry Andrew – it was very close).

Sam Chitty hit 2 balls for four before being nearly getting another over mid-off but was well caught in the deep. Zuberi fell soon thereafter for well played 37.

Connor Wright received a full toss ‘beamer’ that crept between his helmet peak and the visor and we had a man down – retired hurt with an large bump on his forehead. Max Philps came to the crease and played a beautiful on-drive out of the meat of his bat. Nat Ferrario hit hard but only managed to spoon one up to point bringing Frankie Storey to the crease to hit 2 fours and end the innings on a season high innings total of 153.

Wright bravely took the field to keep wicket, but was soon in the wars again getting a low ball on his ankle and he handed the pads and gloves to Charlie Oster, but came back onto the field to play silly mid-on.

Devaney opened the bowling with Storey, who immediately took the first wicket to a catch by Reid-Dick. Two balls later Wright took a reflex one handed catch low to his right and was mobbed by his team-mates. Storey was back in the action in his second over trapping the batsmen LBW. Devaney forced a run out and the opposition was 12-4. The writing was on the wall. Captain Bryant then gave everyone an over or two and the secondary bowlers didn’t let him down. Debutant James Todd, bowling top spin, hit the stumps and then lured the next batsmen out of his crease to be stumped by stand-in keeper Oster.

Nat Ferrario took a wicket with his first ball to a simple catch by Reid-Dick, who then took a cracker of catch off Zuberi by hanging onto a ball straight to his midriff. Max Philps was spinning the ball ferociously and spun one back from leg to take out the off stump and then got another with the next ball to a jumping one handed catch by Zuberi.

Bells Yew Green were all out for 84, the only blemish on the Vine performance being the 21 extras.

Men of the Match – Noah Zuberi for anchoring the innings and Frankie Storey for decimating the top order and ending with 3 for 4 runs in 2 overs. Well done to the 2 spinners – James Todd and Max Philps – who were both rewarded for their efforts with 2 wickets each.