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Linden Park

16 Jun 2013 - Mike Wright

Vine travelled to Linden Park CC on Sunday 16th June (yes Fathers Day). It was a rather early morning for some, with our 12th man getting a call up at the last minute – thanks to Gabriel for being on ready standby.

The Vine team were keen to bounce back from the last over loss to Withyham and were all warming up before the majority of the opposition had arrived.

Dave Turner kindly offered to be the umpire for the Vine leaving yours truly to score and organise the boys.

Vine won the toss and captain Dylan Reynolds chose to bat against an unknown opposition strength.

Max Philps and Connor Wright opened the batting continuing their school partnership. They started smartly enough (under orders to look for 5 an over for the first 6 overs) with the slow outfield keeping well hit balls to just 2 runs. Wright cracked an off-side four and then played over the top of a straight one and was bowled. Dylan Reynolds joined Philps and they went about keeping the run rate up until Philps was found just short of his crease – a lesson in running hard once the call is made. James Philips was finding the middle of the bat but hit one in the air straight to mid-off.

Christian Bryant joined Reynolds and together this batting pair dismantled the bowling with the assistance of a few dropped catches. Reynolds was eventually caught for a fine 28 and Sam Brown followed quickly run out a “yes, wait, no” tangle. Callum Turner defended his wicket well, hit a nice four and was caught in the deep. Sam Meakin played a typical “Sam” innings of “go big or go home” and scored 12 including 2 fours from the first few balls. Bryant was caught on the last ball of the innings for a fine 31.

Vine posted 120 for 7 in 22 overs.

Refreshments were provided and as the Vine took to the field the weather turned and it started drizzling, not enough to stop the game but enough to get wet.

Brown opened the bowling – 5 dots and a wicket for a wicket maiden. Bryant took the other end and found the edge twice – both racing to the boundary for 4. Brown continued his accurate bowling and took another wicket followed by dots and then a four. This fine form continued with another wicket in the following over and then a maiden. Brown finished on figures of 3 for 6 in 4 overs (2 maidens).

With the openers back in the hut and the score on 17/3 it was going to be a struggle. James Philips and Michael Jacobs kept the pressure up and finished with 1 for 7 off 3 and 1 for 10 off 4 respectively. With Linden Park behind the rate and 4 down, Reynolds tossed the ball around. Gabriel Bonner-Davies bowled well coming back from injury, Turner took 1 for 15 and the surprise package was Philps who took 2 for 7.

Linden Park finished on 79 for 9 in 22 overs. Vine were back to winning ways.

Once again thanks to Dave Turner for umpiring for us.

Next is the local derby against Holmesdale on Sunday 23rd.