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SVCC Men's 2nd XI v Tunbridge Wells 2nd XI (H) - 25.05.24

Sevenoaks Vine 2nd XI welcomed Tunbridge Wells in a bid to get back on track following a tough weekend at Bexleyheath.

The Vine lost the toss and were asked to field first. Opening bowlers Joe Banks and Harry Robinson restricted the Tunbridge Wells openers to a slow start but were wicketless in their opening spells. The introduction of Matt Dawkins (1-10) led to a breakthrough in the 15th over removing Mark McLean for 25. A change of ends for Banks (1-29) provided greater fortune trapping the number three for just 6. The Vine found themselves well on top at the half way stage with the score at 87-2, despite losing Dawkins to injury.

Karl Pearson (1-69) struck soon after, removing Sam Huggett for 47. Some lusty blows from the Tunbridge Wells number 5 brought them back into the game before Krish Joshi snuck one through his defences. John Bowden (1-43) then removed the number 6 the following over, with The Vine finding themselves in a strong position with the score 132-5 after 35 overs. Unfortunately, Tunbridge Wells struck nearly 100 runs in the last fifteen overs, despite another wicket for Krish Joshi (2-46), a wicket for Harry Robinson (1-31) and a run out for John Bowden.

At the end of 50 overs, Tunbridge Wells had a healthy score of 231-8.

The Vine chase started strongly finishing the first powerplay on 54-0, with 49 of the runs belonging to John Bowden. Bowden brought up his 50 in the 12th over, in an innings that was full of powerful strikes down the ground as well as reverse and conventional sweeps. Cyrus White ticked the score over at the other end before being trapped LBW for 14, with the score on 72. Captain Angus Willis came to the crease and showed some of his trademark cover drives before cutting to backward point, also on 14. Bowden unfortunately picked out the fielder the following over on 80 leaving The Vine on 111-3 from 23 overs, requiring just over 4 an over. The middle order sadly succumbed to the spin of Tunbridge Wells, with the Vine losing 7 wickets for just 23 runs. Tailenders Freddie Young (16*) and Harry Robinson (11) offered some resistance at the end but it would not be enough as The Vine were all out for 165, losing by 66 runs.

The 2nd XI will hope to bounce back next week with a trip to Bromley CC.

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