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Sevenoaks Vine can reflect on a decent season

Kent Cricket League Premier 1st XI: Tunbridge Wells (287-8) beat Sevenoaks Vine (190 all out)

It was a tough day for the Vine 1st XI in the penultimate game, of what has been a rather more successful season than that of the last.

Tunbridge Wells opened their account with the bat positively after winning the toss on a good batting pitch, reaching 99-0 before Karl Pearson had Marcus O’Riordan caught down the leg side.

Wickets were hard to come by as Tunbridge Wells opener Chris Williams passed 50, with some forceful striking down the ground. Nonetheless patience wasn’t on the openers mind as he chipped Alex Christie to mid-off for 70 shortly after.

The Vine mixed up the bowling continuously throughout the innings with John Bowden the pick of the bowlers with figures of 10 overs 3 for 53. Wells however pushed on the scoring throughout finishing their 50 overs on 287-8, after Alex Christie picked up a few wickets at the end.

After the tea interval, conditions changed dramatically and with cloud rolling in overhead, the Wells’ opening bowlers got the ball moving a great deal making it very tricky for the Vine openers. Zak Crawley fell for 0 and John Bowden for a well fought 20.

The Vine struggled to ever get going with multiple batsmen falling in the 20s, which proved the difference between the two sides. However the standout Vine performance came from Adam Rouse, who struck 60 at a run a ball, his first fifty for Sevenoaks Vine in the Premier League.

The Vine were eventually bowled out for 190 runs in the final over the game.

Kent Cricket League Premier 2nd XI: Sevenoaks Vine versus Tunbridge Wells, abandoned due to rain

The Vine welcomed A21 rivals Tunbridge Wells in a classic end of season fixture, where the only thing up for grabs would be derby day bragging rights. Having won the toss, Vine elected to bowl on a soft wicket.

Opening bowlers Robinson and Coleman begun proceedings with troubling lines and lengths; Robinson would trap batsmen Freeman LBW in his second over. Coleman was causing problems for new batsmen Stickler, having him dropped in the slips early on his innings.

With the seamers province effective, Boudville and Procter were brought on, they bowled brilliantly restricting Tunbridge Wells whilst picking up the wickets of Williams and Baldwin.

After drinks, the Vine turned to spin in their middle overs proving to be pivotal, young Williams picked up his first 2’s wicket bowling the dangerous Stickler whilst Quinney bowled with extreme control picking up 2-36 in his 10 overs causing the Tunbridge Wells batsmen problems with turn and bounce. Procter, Coleman and Robinson all helped clean up the Tunbridge Wells tail leaving the visitors 221 all out at the half way stage.

However, only 1 over was bowled after tea with the Vine left 12-0 when the rain poured- disappointingly after a long delay the umpires deemed the wicket unfit to play.

Kent Regional Cricket League 2A Central: Sevenoaks Vine 3rd (199-5) beat Snodland Community (190-8)

Sevenoaks Vine 3rd XI won the toss and elected to bat. After 5 overs and with only 6 on the board and both Dan and Mike Martin back in the pavilion the decision to bat was looking questionable.
Fortunately Andy Akerman (70) and Zach McIntosh-Pearce (48) were in no mood to roll over and added 96 together to steady the ship. After Zach was out Freddie Elliott made a breezy 31 before father and son Steve and Leo Bezuidenhout added some very valuable quick runs at the end of the innings which closed on 199-5.

Snodland lost their first wicket early on – a leg side catch for keeper Akerman off Carl Nightingale – but then made good progress until Ben Harvey trapped the other opener LBW with the score on 68. Another partnership ensued but runs were hard to come by off Ben and Mike Martin. As the required rate climbed Ben Harvey picked up a second wicket before newcomer Douglas Ramchandran replaced him.

Douglas then picked up two wickets with his leg spin and Hugo Tudor one to leave Snodland needing 67 off the last 7 overs with only 4 wickets left. Needing 42 off 3 the Snodland pair had a go and took 22 off the third to last over getting hold of Douglas’ spin but skipper Hugo Tudor bowled a tight second to last over and broke the partnership bowling the Snodland number 8 and Carl Nightingale returned to bowl a good last over picking up his second wicket and victory was sealed by a nervy 9 runs with Snodland finishing on 190-8.



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