Posted by Tim Smith, Wednesday, 14th November 2012 @ 11:05pm
The Junior Presentation evening last Friday 9th November was another roaring success. All age groups were well represented, supported by mums and dads.
Congratulations to all the winners, and congratulations to all those that took part and represented Sibton in one form or another.
Thanks go to Jo Stratton for organising and all the helpers who put on a good show with food, raffle selling and presenting/speeches.
Looking forward to 2013 already.
Photos will be up soon
Posted by Tim Smith, Thursday, 18th October 2012 @ 10:49pm
You may or may not be aware but we are conducting a survey on a possible change in the way the Kent League may change it's format in win/lose/draw cricket to half the season win/lose/draw and half the season win/lose cricket as the Premier 1st XI teams do.
This is only likely to take place at Premier, Division 1 and Division 2 levels for the minute, and probaly won't be till 2014.
If you have not already taken part, and wish to do so, please email me and I will send you the link. Closing date is the 31st October.
On the outcome of the result, this will determine, along with some further considered discussion, how we may well vote moving forward at the KL AGM.
Posted by Tim Smith, Tuesday, 11th September 2012 @ 12:08am
To further celebrate our clubs successful season, at Kent's recent CB40 game V Yorkshire, all of Kent Crickets performance squads (those that played in this years Kent youth teams) were invited to attend and be presented to the packed crowd at the interval, as Kent Cricket’s way of thanking them for the huge commitment that they and their parents show and emphasizing that Kent’s age grade teams are very much a part of the Kent Cricket operation.
Representing Sibton at Under 12 level is our very own Jack Woodward.
We are delighted to announce that he was presented for the Under 12 boys the award for fielding.
Fielding is an essential part of the game, can be the match winner and is something the senior teams over the years have prided themselves on.
Congratulations and well done to Jack on receiving this award.
Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 2nd September 2012 @ 3:22pm
The last league game, with the 1s already promoted but the chance of winning the league and the twos, basically, needing to win to stay up.
So the 1s away at Broadstairs, firstly needed to win the toss and bat first. They did this successfully, but that was where it ended.
On a tennis ball bounce slow wicket the Sibton batsman, one after the other, proceeded to chip easy catches to mid wicket. In a similar situation to the two previous weeks, at 23 for 3, the Sibton batsman did not kick on and continued to get out. Only Simon Knight with 35 managed to work the ball around, accompanied with Ben Allon who scored 24. That was as far as it got, as the Sibton batters collapsed and were 112 all out in the 49th over.
In reply, the Broadstairs batsmen clearly knew how to play and raced away with ease and were sitting pretty on 70 before the first wicket fell to Andy Allon, after 3 easy chances were missed in a an unusually pre occupied and seemingly disinterested Sibton team. Sam Newman bowled well enough with just 7 off his 4 overs. A run out and a wicket for Simon Knight followed but it was soon all over in the 23rd over.
A bad performance by Sibton in as poor a game as been seen for quite some time. Broadstairs played bowled and caught well and deserved a win.
Best forget this game and look forward to many good performances and efforts in the Premier League for 2013.
Meanwhile the 2s at home were fielding first. Some excellent bowling and fielding so Sibton restrict Broadstairs to 141, thanks to 4 wickets from Sean Carey, 3 wickets from skipper Trevor Lewis and 2 wickets from Pickle Graham including an outstanding caught and bowled.
However, the Sibton batting has been the problem a lot of the season, so 141 was a score already on the board!
Not a problem today as John Osborne stroked 33 before being bowled, a small flurry of wickets pegged Sibton back as Will Purcell made 18 and Adam Lamberton 11. However Nick Graham was on form and with Martin Wren at the crease too, they saw Sibton comfortably home in the end. Nick Graham scored another 50 and finished on 58 not out and Wrenny on 18 not out, all in 46 overs.
A top effort by the 2s in what has been a very tricky season in terms of players availability, and a regular team of the same players. The 2s remain in Division 1 which was important.
Posted by Tim Smith, Monday, 27th August 2012 @ 9:25pm
Two tense games V Tenterden for 1s and 2s.
On a rainy, damp afternoon the 1s took on a good Tenterden side on the back of 8 straight wins.
Winning a crucial toss, Sibton decided to bat first. Like last week Sibton got off to a bad start as Timmy Chanda thought his luck was in as he picked up 3 quick wickets and Sibton were struggling at 24 for 3. Aided by wides and no balls, Dan Lodge and Ben Allon battled through the difficult period to get Sibton back towards a good position, however a rash shot saw Lodge go for 25 after working hard to get this far. Simon Knight then joined Ben as he has done a few times this season. Knight again played some good shots but unfortunately was bowled by Ali Neale for 22.
Ben like quite a few times this year soon after got his deserved 50 after grafting, but a rash shot saw him dismissed and progress no further for 51. Skipper Hobbs, having been riled by the opposition, cracked a quick 17 and Adam Lamberton 12. As Boat and Newman finished up the overs not out, Sibton got to a decent 180 considering the wet conditions. It was a good effort by the Sibton batters. Timmy Chanda finished with 4 for 24 off 11 overs and Ben Price took 4 catches and a stumping.
Feeling confident the Tenterden batsmen took to the middle, with the dangerous Crawford and Vernon. Despite so decent bowling and tight fielding, Tenterden seemed to be easing their way at 59 from 14 overs. However the introduction of Simon Knight turned the games as Crawford went LBW for 24 and shortly after the big hitting Price for 1. Then after 13 more runs Griffin fell to Knight, as he quickly scooped 3 wickets, after having Griffin dropped early on 5. Having not faced a ball for 4 overs, Ryan Currie bowled the dangerous Vernon for 36, after he had played well but the strain of what was going on showed. Timi Chanda then went to Knight for 6 as the game turned massively when Tenterden found themselves 81 for 5. Still only needing 6 an over, the Tenterden batters tried to carry on but Boat dismissed the next two batsmen in two balls, and then unfortunately after a brief period of runs had Scott Freeman dropped with a difficult chance. The batters now looking competent, and back to 5 an over, then had to deal with the re introduction of Sam Newman. Newman bowled a shorter ball, which Freeman top edged and was thankfully caught at fine leg.
As Daniel McDonald found himself brilliantly stumped, Knight picked up his deserved 5th wicket. Now just needing to knock the runs off but looking very unlikely, Charlie Munton danced passed a floater by Currie to find Steve Hobbs whip the bails off and game was over.
A dramatic win for Sibton as the Tenterden batters seemed to crumble, 20 points and a return to the Premier League for sure Sibton in 2013. This is the first time in many years a side as come down and gone straight back up. Now 1 point clear at the top of the league, a win could see them become Division 1 Champs.
However Broadstairs are stiff opposition next week, and even if a win isn't possible, they are promoted.
Meanwhile, the 2's were hanging around at a wet Tenterden in need of points, seeing as Hythe had already conceded to Beckenham giving them an automatic 20 points helping them in the relegation battle.
In a reduced over games, 35 overs, Sibton fielded first and restricted the home team to 142 in 27.3 overs. Nick Graham ripped Tenterden apart with 6 for 54, Gareth Meers 3 wickets and Dave Stewart 1 wicket.
In reply Sibton got starts but also lost wickets, thanks to Ben Daking and Mark Baker. Only Nick Graham got going with 44 before being bowled. As Sibton got closer to the total, so the wickets continued to fall. So with 1 ball to go Sibton needed 2 runs to wins, with bats 10, skipper Trevor Lewis, and 11, Harry Noble at the crease. Unfortunately only 1 run was achieved, so the game was tied, but because it was reduced overs due to the weather the game became incomplete (so that 5 point plus bonus point) which wasn't helpful.
So coming in to the last game and because Hythe conceded, this mean that the 2's face Broadstairs at home in a battle to stay up. Only taking the majority of points, so a winning draw would do, will save the 2s from the drop in this crucial game.
So all to play for next week V Broadstairs (1s away, 2s at home) and it could be a big end of season party if all goes well. (It's going to be a celebration whatever happens)
Sunday 26th was the Junior Day, which unfortunately had to be cancelled due to lack of support!
Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 19th August 2012 @ 7:03pm
Both teams faced stiff oposition in the form of St Lawrence.
1's away, on a very hot sunny day with a nice looking batting pitch and flat outfield Sibton elected to bat first.
Soon in trouble Sibton found themselves struggling at 23 for 3, with returned Kiwi Jack Harper only getting 5 and JK and Ben Allon getting quackers.
However, as Sibton have shown in the past when missing key players others can fill in. So Steve Hickmott and Dan Lodge batted very nicely and progressively as Hickers passed his 50, and what seemed soon after got his well deserved 100 in next to no time. Lodgey unfortuntely played a rash shot and was gone on 44 and shorlty after, the centurian in also a rash shot, for 119. With still plenty of overs left (15) Simon Knight and Adam Lamberton hung around for a while but later were dismissed for 12 and 14 respectively, skipper Steve Hobbs nudged a quick 8, and left Ryan Currie at the end with 12 not out and Tim Smith 2 not out, as Sibton totalled a decent 240 in their 50 overs.
A fine knock by Hickers and ably assisted by Lodgo.
In reply St Lawrence were restricted by tight bowling and excellent fielding still in searing heat. St Lawrence couldn't really get going and as centurian Hickers ran out Lewis Jenkins the wickets started to fall. Sam Newman got the dangerous Charlie Wakim the very next ball, which was very helpful. Charlie Macleod started very slowly but battled on to get his 50, with some support by Stuart Paine. However, Ryan T Boat bowling well pulled the game round picking up the wicket of Paine falling for 30, then Ben Allon got his wicket of Tom Shaw for 0. Some lusty blows by Tom Carruthers threw everything in the balance but on 30 played one too many heaves across the line and was nicely caught by Jamie Keeler. Craig Buckham nudged and nurdled his way to support MaCleod but the return of Tim Smith with the ball, hit the top of Buckhams off stump and had George Smith LBW the very next ball. The game was all but over, however St Lawrence did try to keep at it. In the last over another wicket fell to Tim Smith as St Lawrence were 9 down but the last 4 balls were patted out successfully. Ryan T Boat picked up 3 for 74, Tim Smith 3 for 46, Sam Newman and Ben Allon 1 a piece.
A good display by the Sibton boys indeed, and next week it's Tenterden at home.
Meanwhile at home, the 2's were in need of a win. So it proved as despite a couple of scores the Sibton bowlers restricted St Lawrence to 175 all out in 46 overs. Sean Carey picked up a deserved 5 wicket haul and Gareth Meers 3 wickets, after bats 9 and 10 had frustrated the bowlers with a 37 run partnership.
Batting has been a problem all year for the 2's but not today as all chipped in chasing the runs down. Dave Stewart and Dennis Cullum started it with 20 and 15 respectively. A mature knock for one so young saw Harry Wren get 35, and with Martin Wrens 44 and John Osborne's 30 not out saw Sibton climb over the line in the 44th over. A fine effort by all indeed.
Unfortunately others around them won too, and it still hangs in the balance a little as teams from 9 to 7 all in the 130's.
A tough ask next week away to top of the table Tenterden, but an essential game too.
Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 12th August 2012 @ 1:54pm
Two tough games after disappointing results the previous weekend.
On a lovely sunny day, Sibton were at The Mote - a very nice place to play cricket.
Losing the toss stand in skipper Steve Hobbs laid out his plans to stem The Mote's batter. It was apparent that the pitch was ripe for batting after the first few overs when the new ball did very little. However opener White did manage to knick off to Steve Hobbs who deflected it nicely in to Ben Allons hands. The dangerous Tom Harvey looked very comfortable on 35, but then was clean bowled leaving one to AA, who apparently doesn't turn the ball, after one pitched 6 inches outside off and hit the top of off - bom bom!!!
The score in the balance bats 3 and 4 looked comfortable, but the Sibton boys bowled and fielded well with the odd four ball annoyingly letting the batters off. With both batters passing 50 comfortably, Sibton thought they could be staring down a 260-280 score as 130 off 27 overs. However, overseas Day thought he'd reverse sweep one un necessarily and ended up spooning to keeper Hobbs who palmed it up then caught it comfortably - what a wasted chance for a big score.
A quick fire 22 from Laurence Waters, and a decent enough 82 not out from Back, saw The Mote attain an average 234 for 5 in 50 overs. AA picked up 2 wickets, Newman, Ben Allon and Boat each picking up 1 - a big enough score but probably 40-50 less than it could or should have been.
In reply the Sibton openers got off to a decent start, but unfortunately AA ran out Hickers for 22. Now even more determined, AA pushed the score on, and with Jamie Keeler a stand of 130 was made, as both Jaimie and AA passed 50's, before JK was out for a fine 74. Sibton now needing 40 from the last 10 overs, a quickfire 22 from Ben Allon got the win within sight, but not before AA passed his 100 in a fine knock, his first for the season, on what is probably his favourite 100 scoring ground (He's scored 4 or so 100's at this ground in the past) It was soon over with 2 overs to spare, and AA finished on an excellently played 104 not out.
AA's and JK's knock were two of the best seen for a while.
A good won for Sibton indeed.
Meanwhile at home the 2's basically struggled.
A good return for ex Sibtonian Joey Fowler saw him rip the top order apart as Sibton totaled a paltry 76 all out in 25.5 overs. The Mote knocked the runs off for 1 wicket in 15.2 overs.
A bad result for the boys sees them hanging on the edge at 3rd from bottom, but nothing a couple of decent results won't cure.
Posted by Tim Smith, Thursday, 9th August 2012 @ 11:25pm
A couple of games saw The Forty Club entertained on Wednesday and Selsdon on Thursday.
V The Forty Club, Sibton won the toss and decided to bat. After a steady start from opening pair Steve Hickmott and Harold Wren, despite some wafts and close edges, and an LBW which was plumb duff except it was a no ball, it looked like being a big score at 84 from 15 overs. However Harold was once again LBW for a fine 41, and shortly after Hickers was run out for 43 after a ball was hit straight to the sprightly young fielder on the 45, who promptly threw it to the bowlers end (in to the ground) as both batsmen stood at one end and was run out. Ben Allon went on to another superious (and that's not even a word!)100 before falling on 103, and shortly after Nick Graham for 2 as Sibton declared on 223.
In reply The Forty Club were off to a steady start thanks but then started to lose regular wickets. Only John hit a fine 74 before finally getting out, and it was left to bats 9 and 10 to see off the Sibton bowling which was pretty putrid at the end (especially the last over) as the Forty Club were well short on 164 at the close.
I must say The Forty Club opening bowler and number 10 batsman (6 not out) looked a very classy act to say the least.
V Selsdon the 9 man Sibton team turned in to an 8 man team when someone left sick - poor form. Sibton struggled to 109, but with 8 men in the field Selsdon found plenty of space to knock the runs off comfortably.
Posted by Tim Smith, Wednesday, 8th August 2012 @ 11:23pm
Sunday cricket continues to produce its challenges, as only the second Development X1 game of the season turned into a very one-sided affair - with Bossingham fielding a very weak team with only 9 men in this 40 over match.
Thankfully, Denis won the toss and the Sibton batsmen were licking their lips, with plenty of gaps in the field to aim at. Harry Wren didn't worry about gaps though ! - he struck the ball cleanly to all parts of the ground, a little uppishly at times, and out-scored his skipper and regular Sat 2s player Adam Lamberton, to record a brisk and well-made 56.
Josh continued his recent good form with a patient 27 before mis-timing a lofted drive and the returning Harry noble played sensibly for 17. Cammy Stratton, also playing his first game of the season, took a while to get his feet moving, but when he did, he accelerated the score nicely with some fine support from Elliot Tyler - and right at the end of the innings, from Sean Howard. Sibton finished on a pleasing 184 for 9.
Bossingham needed to get off to a good start - and to not lose early wickets. They did neither - mainly because of some excellent bowling from both Harry Moore and Sean Howard who took out the heart of the Bossingham batting to finish with 6 overs 2 for 10 and 5 overs 1 for 11 respectively. Elliot Tyler and Harry Noble both bowled accurately to pick up a couple of wickets a piece and Jack Woodward finished them off by clean-bowling no 9, with only his third ball in senior cricket. Bossingham finished on a very disappointing 57 all out.