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Rain spoils second weekend of Kent Cricket

After the opening weekend’s dramatic final over victory against Bickley Park, Sevenoaks Vine 1st XI travelled to Blackheath, a ground of fond memories following last season’s final day survival. Oli Durell won the toss and selected to bat first. A decent start from openers Bowden and Bekker left the Vine well set at 53-2 with Schlemmer and Aitken at the crease. Unfortunately, only 15.4 overs had been bowled when play was suspended for rain, which would be the last of the action with the game abandoned with the Vine in a good position to post a total of over 200. Whilst it was frustrating not to complete the game, the first team return to action this Saturday at home to Lordswood.

On the vine versus Holmesdale
Sevenoaks Vine 2nd XI hosted local rivals Holmesdale in the second league game of the season. After winning the toss, Vine put the visitors into bat with overcast skies and showers surrounding the ground. However, openers Bonner (55) and Melbourn combated the new ball nicely until Thompson made three quick breakthroughs for the Vine finishing with 3-32 from his 10 overs. Holmesdale captain Bryant (48) along with Earl (32) batted sensibility with Reid-Dick bowling tight areas throughout the middle overs until Boudville took Earl’s outside edge finishing with respectable figures of 1-27 from 7 overs. Christie (2-43), White (2-41) and Robinson (2-34) cleaned up the lower order between them with Holmesdale finishing on 222 all out.

Vine Chairman, Andy Richardson, acting Umpire for the day. If you would like to be an Umpire please see contact details at the bottom of this article

Vine openers Barber and Thompson set about chasing a respectable total, both playing their shots to reach a 50 partnership. Melbourn came onto bowl, making the breakthrough taking Barber’s (33) outside edge and shortly after Thompson departing for 21. However, heavy rain stopped an evenly poised game with Quinney and Adams at the crease with the Vine at 70-2 where both sides collected 10 points a piece.

The Vine 2’s travel to newly promoted Lordswood next week still searching for their first win after a much improved performance this week.

Upchurch pay a visit to Orchard Field
On the same dark dank day, the Vine 3rd XI welcomed Upchurch to Orchard Field. Both captains agreed to play in the drizzle before the toss and agreed that if it became heavy they would see sense and retire to the pavilion. The Vine won the toss and elected to bat on what looked a great track. Indeed as the drizzle came down the ball came on nicely for the openers Peters and Martin, 50 for no loss, then Peters fell and in came Byron Cooper-Fogarty for his first outing. He quickly set about the bowling until cutting a short one to point for 11. In came McNicholas, promoted up the order to belay his campaign to bat higher in the order. And it was justified too as he hit 40 before losing his wicket, attempting to set a total for Upchurch to chase, expertly supported by Tudor. As the drizzle started to take effect, the wicket became harder to bat on as Dennigton came on and bowled with great accuracy. Nipping one in and one out, knocking back Martin’s off stump with a delivery he was glowing about taking 4 for 20 off his 10 overs.

The Vine managed to post 140 and tea was taken. Cooper-Fogarty and Coleman opened the bowling and despite all things looking good, the rain intervened and called a halt to proceedings with Upchurch 12 for 0 off five overs, with one of their openers dropping an absolute flyer at first slip, just as it looked like it was going to be a really tight and exciting finish. Next week, the Vine 3rd XI travel to Lordswood to complete the Vine’s block of fixtures.

Sevenoaks Vine are still looking for a full time umpire for the season, if this is of interest to you, please contact Piers Robinson at




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