27 May 2012 - Tonya Williams
Vine U15s took on Tunbridge Wells following the previous weeks good start against Holmesdale.
On a good day for batting Vine batted first and although they scored at a reasonable rate did not build substantial partnerships-they reached 68 for 5 with all those out getting to double figures. At this stage the innings could have gone either way but Piers Robinson and his able assistant Dan Hickson got to work and put on a partnership of over 50 to see the vine reach a respectable total of 133 for 7 with Robinson hitting a superb unbeaten 50.
Vine felt that if they bowled as well as the previous week they would be in with a chance. Tunbridge Wells got off to a solid start and an opening partnership of 30 took 7 overs. Lyons made the breakthrough and at this stage Vine knew that wickets were needed as this ground can be difficult to defend once batsmen start to get in. At 97-4 off 17 overs the game was finely balanced. Vine were bowling steadily and fielding well but the T.Wells batsmen were keeping calm and chipping away at the total.
With 4 overs left Wells needed 35 to win and some fine batting saw them tie the scores with one ball left. To add to the drama Lloyd who had reached his 50 had to retire and a new batsman came to the crease. Vine surrounded the bat as Richardson steamed in. The ball was blocked and a brilliant piece of fielding could not prevent the batsman scrambling in to secure the winning run by the narrowest of margins.
A great game which left the Vine disappointed with the result but not their good performance.