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Tunbridge Wells

27 May 2012 - Mike Wright

On a beautiful sunny day (summer is at last upon us EDITORS NOTE … things might have changed!) Vine U13s travelled to Tunbridge Wells to take on our perennial rivals and an unbeaten team.

The pitch was on the outside of the square creating a short boundary and a long boundary.

Captain James Bevan-Thomas lost the toss and Tunbridge Wells decided to bat.

Christian Bryant opened the bowling and saw his first 2 balls hit for four and then a single. With the new batsman on strike Bryant delivered the perfect yorker and took his first wicket. Charlie Oster opened from the other end and bowling back of a length was hit for 2 fours as well.

Bryant was bowling wicket to wicket and was rewarded with another scalp in his second over. Bevan-Thomas then mixed up his bowlers bringing on Frankie Storey and Nat Ferarrio with Ferarrio getting a wicket with his 3rd ball.

Wickets then fell at routine intervals but only at one end with opener M Barker playing a magnificent innings, retiring on 50 runs. After a fast start, Vine pinned the run rate back and took wickets with straight balls. Ben Devaney produced a fiery spell setting his batsmen up with a bouncer and then a yorker to clean bowl him.

Andrew Reid-Dick was tight and spinning the ball, enticing the batsman to come down the pitch and was rewarded with Connor Wright whipping off the bails for his first stumping. Bevan-Thomas cleaned up the tail with the best bowling figures of 3 overs, 1 maiden, 3 wickets for 7 runs, leaving recalled M Barker stranded on 51 not out.

Apart from the stumping, all other batsmen were bowled – partly due to the straight bowling and partly as the field was spread to the boundaries.

Other noteworthy figures were:

C Bryant 4 – 1 – 3 – 20
B Devaney 4 – 0 – 2 – 15
A Reid-Dick 2 – 0 – 1 – 3

Tunbridge Wells had scored 71 off the first 11 overs and collapsed to 95 all out.

Bevan-Thomas and Robert Andrews opened and also got 2 fours of the first 2 balls, however Andrews was soon caught at mid-on. Charlie Oster came to the wicket and called Bevan-Thomas through for a quick single – running to the danger end – but a fine piece of fielding saw Bevan-Thomas run out at the far wicket despite a desperate dive.

Devaney came in and hit the first ball for four taking the score to 65 with Oster before Oster holed out to mid-off for a terrific 26.

Bryant came to the wicket and nudged ones while Devaney blazed away. When Devaney had the top of his off stump clipped by the first ball of the returning opener C Stafford for 24, Ben Kibblewhite joined his old partner Bryant. Together they saw off the rest of the over and then slowly approached the total, however fell behind on the rate.

Kibblewhite went to a looping straight ball and Reid-Dick came and went after a mighty four. Connor Wright joined Bryant at the non striker’s end for the last over with all the fielders up and 5 runs needed to win. Bryant hit the first ball for four and with Wright backing up half way down the pitch, the match was won with an attempted “Dilshan” that went straight to short fine leg but not before Wright was home and the game won with 4 balls to spare.

The team had taken Matt Boardman’s insight in last weeks report to heart and kept the extras to a total of 7 wides and only 1 bye to an eagle eye Wright.

Onward and upward to next week’s game against Holmesdale.