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10 Jun 2012 - Tonya Williams

Vine played their 3rd league game away at Cowdrey on a damp pitch with threatening clouds looming.

Not surprisingly Cowdrey put Vine into Bat after winning the toss. Vine however got off to a decent start with Harry Robinson(30) and Lawrence Thresher(26) putting on 50 and giving the middle order the platform from which to attack. Guy Bevan-Thomas(50*),Piers Robinson(28*) and Jamie Richardson(12*) took to the Cowdrey bowling and amassed an impressive 153 for 2 off the 22 overs.

Cowdrey knew they had to score at 7 an over on a slow pitch but with a shorter boundary than normal to compensate for the wet ground. Their openers Brink(50*) and Greehy(28) together with Barber(20) put on an impressive 98 for the 1st wicket and they were only marginally behind the run rate. The compulsory retirement of Brink worked in Vines favour though and Harry Robinson bowled a fine spell to pick up 3 for 28 and put a brake on Cowdreys progress. Fintan Baker-Howard also bowled a fine spell of 0 for 11 off his 4 overs and the Vine seemed to have the game under control again-though after the previous loss to Tunbridge Wells they knew they were not safe yet.

In the end Cowdreys lower middle order could not find the boundaries that would see them home and Vine were relieved to come out on top winning by 15 runs.