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Anderson left stranded on 76 not out as Vine 2’s fail to win

On a particularly blustery day with a mixture of youth and experience, Sevenoaks Vine 2nd’s welcomed Beckenham for a crucial fixture where the Vine could enter the top half of the table for the first time this season.

After reluctantly losing the toss due to no umpire, Beckenham elected to bat on a flat Vine wicket. Piers Robinson and Karl Pearson opened the bowling and were looking to get some movement in the overcast conditions.

Beckenham negated the new ball well until Pearson made the early breakthrough. They then entered a difficult spell with the seamers struggling to gain any purchase from the wicket; Michael Cowdrey and Andy Reid-Dick then begun to slow the run rate down with Cowdrey (2-55) taking an outrageous catch off his own bowling.

Reid-Dick also gained reward for his tight spell finishing his 10 overs with 1-25. The returning Pearson (3-36) , Evert Bekker (1-30) and Robinson (1-43) all chipped in at the death to limit Beckenham to a respectable total of 240-8.

The home sides chase did not start as hoped, as they lost Chad Quinney early on, judged lbw. Bekker shortly followed with wickets of Chris White and Harry Houillon occurring in quick succession. Cowdrey and Anderson then batted beautifully together forming an 88 run partnership playing some brilliant shots, until Cowdrey was dubiously given lbw for an impressive 65.

From then on, the Vine struggled to form partnerships with Anderson against some tight bowling and remarkable keeping from the Beckenham glovesman who ended up with seven catches.

Unfortunately, this left Anderson stranded on 76* with the Vine falling 24 short of the target. The Vine 2nd’s look to make amends next Saturday against Tunbridge Wells at Orchard Field where, if results go the Vines way, could mean a rise to fourth place going into Round nine.

The 2nd’s are still looking for a full time umpire for the second half of the season, if you are interested please contact Piers Robinson on 07495097198 or piers.robinson@gmail.com

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