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Match Report – SVCC U15 vs The Mote

20 May 2014 - Mike Wright

The second match of the 2014 regular season was at home against The Mote. After the disappointment of the postponement of the first fixture the week before, the team were eager to get onto the pitch. Being the first home game and a new division for the manager who had just flown in from 2 weeks abroad, the organisation was tad manic – many thanks to the dads who pitched in for the scoring and the teas to provide a semblance of the order and decorum.

The Mote arrived with only 9 players – and match captain Charlie Oster won the toss and elected to bat in order to get a full innings of cricket under the belt. The weather was unsettled and it threatened to rain at some point in the day.

With the covers removed, the outfield roped off on the eastern side, the iPad set up for the scorers and the electronic scoreboard manned and active – the game began with openers Charlie Oster and Tom Pollington. A fine opening partnership of just less than 100 ensued and placed the Vine in a commanding position. Oster was out, caught forcing the pace to attain his 50 for a fine 47. Pollington was then partnered with Noah Zuberi and carried on in good form before cracking a 6 to pass the 50 mark and retire for 54. Zuberi kept the high run rate going, seeing partners Christian Bryant (run out) and Sam Marshall (bowled) heading back to the pavilion before being joined by Tom James. Zuberi and James added another 50 runs before Zuberi perished for the cause hitting across the line to a straight yorker. Arthur Sackville-West held up his end for the last over and the Vine ended on 192 for 4.

A good spread (tea) was enjoyed by the boys and parents (many thanks for the brownies) at the break.

The Mote openers started very cautiously and  tight bowling from opening bowlers James and Marshall pegged them back to a slow run rate. James rattled the woodwork in the 3rd over and sent one opener back to the pavilion. The Mote captain Oli Hills played a fine innings and retired ‘not out’ on 50. However the run rate was too slow and a cameo from the next batsmen couldn’t raise the rate sufficiently. The Mote were strangled for runs finishing their 22 overs on 85. Sam Brown took a wicket, Andrew Reid-Dick was unplayable and Tom Pollington bowled a tremendous line and length.

Vine won by 107 runs.

Man of the match was Tom Pollington for a sparkling 54 not out and 2 overs for 4 runs.