Kent Cricket League Premier 1st XI: Lordswood (210 all out) beat Sevenoaks Vine (195 all out)
Sevenoaks Vine 1st team were visitors to Lordswood on Saturday and on an extremely poor wicket, they narrowly lost by 15 runs in a low scoring match which see’s them drop to fifth in the league.
The toss was going to be crucial and having won, Lordswood had no hesitation in batting first.
Tight bowling upfront by Karl Pearson and Miles Richardson restricted the home side to just 45 in the first 15 overs. But a good counter attack from Lyndon Lockhart (56) and Jack Laraman (37) and useful contributions from most of their batsmen, plus a late flurry of runs from the lower order, saw them reach 210 all out in their 50 overs. Tom Coldman was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 29 off his 10 overs which included a well executed run out and Mike Thomson again who took 4 for 45 off 8 overs.
Scoring freely was extremely hard as the wicket gradually broke up but the Vine were never out of the game thanks largely to an excellent 85 from the in form Mike Barber. He found some support from Evert Bekker who made 38 but with wickets falling at regular intervals the Lordswood total was just too much and the Vine were bowled out for 195 in the 50th over.
Special mention for Andrew Reid-Dick who as well as taking two wickets also took an amazing five catches. This is exceptionally rare for an outfielder and now specialist backward point.
They now turn their attention to the next home fixture against Bexley, who put in a strong performance against Beckenham on Saturday, bowling them out for a record low of 18 runs.