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13 May 2012 - Mike Wright

The Vine U13 cricket team got off to a winning start against a visiting Flimwell team. After two weeks of rain limiting the opportunity for practise, matches or coaching, this was the first chance to let the leather meet the willow.

The sun baked down on a hastily prepared pitch and Flimwell won the toss and elected to bat. Joe Mylod captained the Vine team and Frankie Storey opened the blowing with Ben Devaney. It was quickly evident for both bowlers and batsmen that there has been little cricket played in recent weeks. Devaney was bowling fast and was quickly rewarded with the first wicket, rocking the stumps at the northern end.

Ben Kibblewhite joined the party with a direct hit that ran out the surviving opener. The next 2 Flimwell batsman rebuilt the innings steadily, but the run rate failed to get over 3 per over for the first 10 overs. Storey found his line and length and James Phillips and Christian Bryant kept the pressure up.

Sam Brown picked up the ball and produced a wonderful spell of swing bowling taking the ball away from the batsman and encouraging them to swing the bat. The growing partnership was broken by a fantastic running catch in the outfield by Sam Meakin and Brown picked up another wicket clean bowling the next batsman for a duck.

Noah Zuberi, Sam Chitty and Joe Mylod all turned the arm over without reward but kept the run rate down and restricted the Flimwell team to 89 runs. Behind the stumps, Connor Wright did a good job giving away only 5 byes in the face of many a wild ball.

Brown had the best figures of the innings, 3 overs , 1 maiden and 2 wickets for 6 runs.

Thanks to Julie and Nic for setting out the refreshments and some delicious chocolate biscuit cake.

Brown and Mylod opened the batting and kept a good run rate going until Brown fell to a straight ball. This brought Devaney to the crease and together Mylod and Devaney set about the chase with gusto. Mylod swung at a full ball that took out his off stump and next in was James Phillips.

Devaney was making good contact and hit 4 fours in his innings until he was trapped LBW and Phillips followed suit to the same bowler a couple balls later. Christian Bryant and Noah Zuberi took up the challenge and proceeded to push the ball around and find the short boundary, knocking off the runs with 5 overs to spare.

Devaney was top scorer with 32, followed by Bryant with 24 not out and Zuberi with 15 not out.