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17 Jun 2012 - Tonya Williams

Vine faced Cowdrey for the second week running in the Border League and having lost the toss were put into bat.

A bizarre start saw the ball disappearing to all parts and batsmen disappearing back into the pavilion as Vine probably batted in an overly aggressive manner. Bevan-Thomas(17) and James Mcquin(22) made useful contributions but it was James White who made the crucial knock of 45 including 3 huge 6s.

Cowdrey bowled well and as the wickets fell Vine were left in a perilous position at 95 for 6. Lawrence Thresher (18*) and Nick Bryant did well to edge the score up to 143 off the 22 overs and give the Vine something to defend.

Cowdrey were pinned down early on by some hostile opening bowling from Fintan Baker-Howard and Jamie Richardson who both took 1 for 12 off their 3 overs. Unlike the previous week Cowdrey wickets fell regularly and only Brink really got to grips with the task scoring a consecutive 50. In the end Piers Robinson provided the control with figures of 1 for 10 off his 4 overs and Cowdrey fell short by 20 runs.

For the second week running Vine were happy to come out on top in a close game but also knowing that there is plenty of scope for improvement.