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Weekend 4th & 5th August

Posted by Tim Smith, Monday, 6th August 2012 @ 11:19pm

  • Not a good weekend.
    As visitors Folkestone, bolstered by Northamptonshire's Nial O'Brien, visited the 1's; Sibton lost the toss and bowled first.
    In a sombre mood the Sibton bowlers made some effort with Rowey picking up Tom Payne for 0, after being spilt the over before at slip. Newman bowled a couple of decent balls to O'Brien but apart from that was poop this week (to be blunt about it - we won't go in to the reason!) Youngster Tim Smith quickly had O'Brien trapped LBW before he could do any serious damage and skipper Rowe picked up the dangerous Folkestone skipper Bryen. After that the Folkestone batters played with some ease as the prolific Himmy Waingankar hit another 100 in next to no time ably assisted by Stuart Graham before playing a heave shot and getting caught for 29, Ryan Currie picking up the wicket. Boat then picked up another wicket of young Bradley Goodsell for 0. Some clean hitting by Jaimie Dawes assisted the scoreboard, for 29, before finally falling to Newman on his return. Folkestone finished on a decent 230 with Waingankar on 122 not out.
    In reply new opening pair of Andy Allon and Simon Knight looked solid and fluent, as the score got to 84 before Knight was bowled for 29 by Tom Cullen. As Andy Allon got his second 50 of the season, Jamie Keeler quickly came and went, before Allon was run out on 64 by Tom Payne. Dan Lodge cane and went, and then so did a series of wickets in what should have been a comfortable chase, as only Ben Allon mad some in roads with 26. At the end Ryan Currie finished on 12 not out with Tim Smith hanging on, as Sibton managed a poor 171 for 9. A post mortem after the game was in order - so hopefully over the next 4 weeks normal service we resume (We hope)
    Sibton still lie second but Tenterden are quickly catching up, as are St Lawrence and Sandwich.
    An away visit to The Mote beckons next week.

    Meanwhile the 2's had a trip to Gore Court. With only 10 men, Sibton bowled first and restricted the home side to 176 for 9. A good effort with the ball from Shaun Carey saw him pick up 4 wickets, and skipper Trevor Lewis 3. A good performance from the two girls, Olivia Baber and Philly Skelton Hook, also helped restrict the run flow, with Olivia taking an excellent catch.
    However in reply, as has happened all season, the Sibton batters just couldn't do it with some getting starts but not going on. Martin Wren top scored with 38 (batting at  9!) and of course Nick Graham with 32 were the only scores of note. Sibton were bowled out on 136 in the 43rd over.
    Another bad result for the boys, making them need to string something together very soon as all around them the bottom sides are on similar points.
    A win at home V The Mote next Saturday will be the tonic, who are also 'down there'
    Unfortunately poor availability has been a problem all season.

    Sunday saw a visit from Bossingham - Seeseparate report

Under 11s and Under 13's

Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 29th July 2012 @ 9:55pm

  • This weekend saw the Under 11's take on Sandwich at Sibton.
    Despite a good effort by the young team, the Sandwich batters were far too strong (and were older) get 302 in their 20 overs.
    In reply the Sibton guys reached 206 in a spirited effort.
    These youngsters have tried and played as well as they can, and are definitely a good group and have improved so much so far this season - one for next season and the future.

    Meanwhile the Under 13's were at Folkestone. Once again the Folkestone side were just too strong as Sibton lost by 20 runs. Again another good effort, amd next year should be looking to win everything.

Weekend 28th & 29th July

Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 29th July 2012 @ 9:47pm

  • In the next round of KL games on Saturday, the 1's were away at Hythe and 2's at home to Hythe, with the 2's desperate to get back in to winning ways.
    At Hythe, Sibton lost the toss and were asked to field first.
    Hythe were quickly in trouble as their top 3 batsmen were quickly removed, and were teetering at 60 for 6. Steven Rowe quickly picked up 3 early wickets and Sam Newman 2. Hythe's Trevor Squire batted particularly well to steady Hythe and with Sibton taking their foot off the gas a little Hythe reached 100 which they probably shouldn't have. Regular wickets did fall though as Andy Allon picked up 2, Steven Rowe another one to finish with 4 and a run out by Sam Newman finished the Hythe innings at a poor 131.
    In reply Sibton raced out of the blocks with the score quickly on 60 in 7 overs before Andy Allon fell to an exquisite ball from Andy Maurice for 30. A few more wickets fell unnecessarily but Jaimie Keeler made Hythe pay after being dropped to see Sibton home in the 30th over with 44 not out and Steve Hobbs 9 not out hitting the winning 4.
    Sibton batters made it more difficult than is should have been. tougher tests are to come with Folkestone next week, and St Lawrence and Tenterden making a late surge to catch up the points. Only time will tell, but it was a good solid performance with the Sibton boys needing to channel themselves on the task at hand at times.

    Meanwhile at home, a similar story, with a week Hythe 2's saw Hythe bat first and score a low 135 for 7 with only N Pichowski with a notable score of 56 in 50 overs!! Ahem!! Gareth Meers did the damage with 4 for 43 off 14 overs, and Trevor Lewis, Bradley Wake-Smith and Sean Carey picking up 1 wicket a piece.
    In reply Sibton lost silly wickets but did pass the total in the 34th over after Dave Stewart hit 22 , Nick Graham another 48, and Francis Gush finishing on 18 not out.

    Sunday saw a delayed start as the Brighton Beamers toured in to town.
    Some remarkable batting saw Sibton amass 268 for 4 in 36 overs. Ben Allon hit 138, new opener Gareth Meers 62 (nudge nudge 2's skipper!!) and Josh Woodward hit his first 50 of the season to finish 50 not out with Harry Wren 13 not out.

    In reply the Beamers overseas ringer hit 126 before being bowled. (Beamers were 119 for 4 after Rigby had hit 101!!!) At the end of the overs, 31 of them in fact, the Beamers finished on 165 for 9, with Tim Smith 2 for 12 off 7 overs, Sophie Bambridge unlucky and bowling very full with 1 for 65, Gareth Meers 1 for 5, Jacob B-W 1 for 5 and the pick of the bowlers Adam 'The cube ball in the eye' Lamberton 4 for 28.
    All in all a good day, and weekend.

Weekend 21st & 22nd July

Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 22nd July 2012 @ 6:01pm

  • After another disappointment in the week, in the Godden Cup final (SPCC 98 all out, Hythe 100 for 6) the Sibton teams needed to pick themselves up. Unfortunately the 2s didn't get near any cricket as in a bizarre flurry of showers in Whitstable, flooded the ground and that was that!
    The 1s however had a tough top of the table clash, Sibton sitting 2nd to Whitstable. Obviously it was dry but from all the rain recently the pitch was still quite damp.
    Winning the toss Sibton decided to have a bat first. A reasonable start saw Sibton race comfortably to 40 before Andy Allon fell for 23. Then a flurry of poor batting and some good bowling saw the Sibton top/middle order as the scoring dried up and Sibton struggling at 96 for 5. Only Steve 'so tired & sleepy' Hickmott provided any stability with 33. Some did hang around but got themselves out. Captain Steven Rowe was the only other person to get in to double figures with 13, as Sibton slumped to a poor 137 in 46 overs, Ryan T-Boat 9 not out. This meant Sibton gave the opposition an extra 4 overs to get this paltry total.
    A little stunned and a funny atmosphere around the home changing room, Sibton set about trying to get the game back. It wasn't looking too good as Whitstable obviously wanted to knock these runs off quickly in a mixed up batting order,as Whitstable overseas Tondulkar crashed a cover drive, and Byron Gould hit two straight fours. Skipper Rowe then removed Tondulkar LBW, then proceeded to remove Max Campbell first ball (walking down the pitch and passed the ball) and fourth ball then cleaning up the dangerous Tegg for 0 also. Three wickets in the over killed the Whitstable top order. Sam Newman then had opener Gould caught by a sharp, straight short ball which he could only glove in the air. Ollie Robinson stuck around with Denly for a bit before wily old fox Tim Smith suckered the young Robinson for 17, in to a loose shot only to knick off to Andy Allon at slip, leaving Whitstable staring down the barrel at 45 for 5. Seth Simmons and Denly hung around for ages as dot ball after dot ball followed, they were still in it and just need to put away any bad balls. Unfortunately very few came, and as Denly went leg before to Andy Alon, Simmons changed his plan and was looking to hit the ball. Simmons later went for 31, LBW to the returning Sam Newman. Just as quickly French was LBW to Rowe and Josh Gould bowled by Newman, Sibton, unbelievably, were on the brink of a good victory. However, as proved in the past, if batsman are determined and stubborn enough they needn't get out and so it proved as James Medhurst was rock solid with 21 not out and 15 year old Kent academy player, Piers Richardson, solid for 15 not out, as the 54th over was finished and Whitstable could only manage 115.
    A fantastic bowling and fielding display by Sibton who pulled round a low score, to leave Sibton on top of the league but only by 3 points.
    Still all very much to play for as Sandwich, St Lawrence and Tenterden all manged to pick up good points and are there and there abouts.
    Next week both Sibton sides face another difficult game against Hythe, who have proven to be a thorn in the side in recent years.

A gratitude of thanks is in order.

Posted by Tim Smith, Monday, 16th July 2012 @ 11:26am

  • A massive thank you is required from the players to Mr & Mrs Fox, Gary Towse and all the helpers who planned, prepared and were making the day on Sunday a pleasure for all.
    Also to Mr Kirk, The Doc and ground team who pulled out all the stops to get this game on - it was certainly no easy task, and anyone who put that amount of effort and time deserves a very large drink at least!

    Thanks to Plumpton too, for a good day and for the supporters. We hope you enjoyed yourself too. 

Weekend 14th & 15th July

Posted by Tim Smith, Monday, 16th July 2012 @ 11:22am

  • In what was quite a big weekend for the club, ended in disappointment.
    The Godden cup on Friday got postponed till Thursday 19th July.
    Both league games on the Saturday were washed out as every game in the Kent League was washed out for the first time in it's history.
    On to the The Yorkshire Tea & The Cricketer magazine National Village Knockout game on the Sunday. After some extremely hard work Mr Kirk and his groundwork team (9pm Saturday night and all day Sunday morning) a pitch was ready as a delayed start at 1.45pm took place. A coach load of Plumpton supporters set up camp, and watched as their side biffed their way quickly to 75 for no wicket off 14 overs. A disappointing start by Sibton. Tim Smith then took hold as the first wicket fell at 80 off 15 overs. Two more quick wickets and Plumpton quickly slumped to 122 all out in 39 overs. Tim Smith picked up 3 wickets for 37 off 9 overs, Andy Allon 1 wicket for 9 runs off 9 overs, Ryan T-Boat 4 for 9 off 9 overs and Steven Rowe just the 1 wicket for 30 off 9 overs and a run out. Obviously the wicket played a big part, but Plumpton would have always batted first and Sibton bowled in the conditions. Plumpton may have been a bit lucky but they played it right in the conditions despite being wiped out in the end.
    In reply the Sibton batters didn't play the conditions well at all. As Plumpton took the pace off the ball, and fielded fairly tidily, wickets fell at regular intervals to a serious of bad shots. The Sibton batters were never out of it, but likewise they were never in it as partnerships formed but then a loose shot undid the good work. Ben Allon made 26, Simon Knight grafted for his 15 and Andy Allon 12 to get Sibton close. As the last batsman went in, 36 were needed and possible. As Currie bashed it, and hit a large 6 the scores got closer, but disaster struck when a run out came for what should have been a comfortable 2, and the game was over as Sibton fell 17 runs short on 106, on what should have been a comfortable chase. Very disappointing indeed - gutting actually, it was a game that should have been won for sure. Still, well done to Plumpton who bowled very well and caught very well, and good luck to them in the next round. (It should have been Sibton !!!)
    The disappointment should wear off, as next weekend sees top of the table clash with Whitstable - Sibton need to prove themselves after the disappointment of Sunday and bounce back. The 2's are away to Whitstable and need a positive result, against the top team.

Congratulations Hickers and Mich

Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 8th July 2012 @ 12:28pm

  • Congratulations from all at the club,  to Michelle and Steve Hickmott on the birth of their baby boy born on the 8th July 2012 at 1.10am, weighing 5lb 14 oz.
    We hope all are well and fine, and await his name.

Weekend 7th & 8th July

Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 8th July 2012 @ 12:22pm

  • In the turn round for the season, the 1st XI entertained Orpington, whilst the 2nd XI traveled to Hayes.
    At home, after a week of damp weather, the 1's were asked to bat first.
    The Orpington openers bowled well, and after a good enough start both openers were run out, Andy Allon for 25 and Steve Hickmott for 11, by bad calling. Orpington continued to keep it tight in the field, it was only some good hitting that got the scoreboard moving. Kiwi Jack Harper in his last game went for 7, but Jamie Keeler again had a good knock for 34, with Ben Allon playing some exceptional shots and getting another deserved 50, before falling for 53. Simon Knight again partnered with Ben and accumulated runs whilst feeding Ben the strike, but finally fell for 19. At the end of the 50 overs Sibton made a reasonable 202. It wasn't a bad score as the pitch was hard to score on but was made more difficult by an excellent bowling & fielding display by Orpington.
    After tea, the Orpington reply was very positive, but some loose shots after such a good start saw them slump from 20 without loss in 4 overs to 64 for 5 in 11 overs. At this stage the Orpington batters played with more caution and it stemed the flow of runs. As the weather fast closed in with a few light spots, Orpington continued to loose wickets as they found themselves 93 for 7. Desperate to take wickets, as the rain was now getting heavier, some discipline was lost and Orpington's Sam Clarkson and Stephen Ingram took advantage, putting the bad ball away (which was quite often) and watchful of the good ball. The rain was much harder, and the ground becoming slippy, in the 42nd over the umpires pulled everyone off. It was agreed fairly quickly we wouldn't be able to continue so the Orpington innings finished at 166 for 8 from 42 overs.
    A decent enough result, but not quite as satisfactory as a win.
    The next two weeks see Sibton under the microscope as they face Sandwich away next week and top of the table Whitstable the following week.

    NB; During the game Steve Hickmott had to rush off as his wife Michelle started going in to labour. Exciting!! Sub fielder Owen Smith, 13, was used.

    Meanwhile the 2's at Hayes, looked like they were going well. Another good score from Nick Graham of 60, Martin Wren 22, Gareth Meers 30 and big hitting Sean Carey 45 not out, saw Sibton get to a reasonable 184 for 7 from their 50 overs. A defendable total for Sibtons decent bowling line up ?
    A decent enough start saw Hayes on 35 for 3, however keeper Joe Tousent smacked 85 and with some lower order chipping in Hayes passed the Sibton total at the end of the 48th over for 7 wickets.
    Gareth Meers, Sean Carey and captain Trevor Lewis all took 2 wickets a piece, with a run out.
    Unfortunately another very disappointing result for the 2s, who now really need to pick up some points to climb away from the bottom end of the table.

    Sundays games were all canceled unfortunately, by weather and lack of opposition!!

The Cricketer and Yorkshire Tea National Village Knockout - Last 16!

Posted by Tim Smith, Monday, 2nd July 2012 @ 5:15pm

  • See attached poster for the next game played on Sunday 15th July 1pm start, which is at home.

    Plumpton are possibly bringing a coach with players & supporters, so should be good.

    Hope to see you there.

    SPCC V PECCC 150712 Website.pdf

Development Game V Kennington

Posted by Tim Smith, Monday, 2nd July 2012 @ 5:03pm

  • SPCC Development X1 finally got their season under way on Sunday v Kennington, after 3 previous fixtures had been cancelled.

    Conditions were cool and breezy, with Sibton finding themselves in the field after Dave Finch understandably elected to bat first - and the visitors made a good start, before Philly got one to skid through to trap the opener for a well-struck 32.

    Jonathan had brought on Josh to wheel-away at one end and his patience paid off with 2 wickets in 2 balls - and Philly struck again during a very tidy spell, which included 3 consecutive maidens.

    Harry also bowled a successful spell of 2 for 28, but some hard hitting from their tail meant that the Park would be pursuing a sizeable total of 197.

    We made a poor start, with both openers ( Josh and Philly ) going cheaply, before the skipper ( Jonathan ), got the scoreboard moving with some good shot-making, followed by some lusty blows - mainly on one leg, following an earlier injury which meant a runner was required for the latter part of his innings. Jonathan hobbled off for a well-struck 25 !

    Our middle order failed to fire and lacked a little application - until Bradley entered the fray when we were teetering on 74 for 6. He mixed a solid defence with attacking shots to the right balls - and really showed the way with a very fine unbeaten 57. Georgina played very sensibly at the other end they took the total to a very creditable 143, before the wily Finch bowled Georgina with his slower ball.

    The Park were eventually all out for 146 - and there was no doubt that Bradley and Georgina really had the opposition worried with their 9th wicket partnership !

    Many thanks to Mark for scoring, to Ade for manning the bar - and to Sarah and Julie for a great tea, which was much appreciated by the opposition !

     By Paul Woodward

Weekend 30th June & 1st July

Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 1st July 2012 @ 7:46pm

  • Both teams faced Broadstairs this week, 2s away and the 1s at home.
    At home, Sibton elected to bat first (and would have probably been asked to bat first too!)
    An excellent start, and runs flowing fairly freely, saw the score on 76 before Steve Hickmott was run out for 31. The introduction of Jake Benfield made life a little more difficult, which begged the question as to why he didn't open the bowling, however runs did still run fairly freely as Andy Allon got another Kent League 50 before being bowled for 51. Kiwi Jack Harper and Ben Allon continued where Andy left off putting the ball to parts of the ground at will. Ben got his 4th 50 of the season, and shortly after so did Harper, only to find shortly after Ben being dismissed for 54. Harper continued to smack the ball as the other batters supported at the other end and were dismissed pushing on. At the close of the innings Harper finished on an excellent 91 not out from 92 balls, and Sibton ended up with a fairly hefty 256 for 5 wickets. To be honest it wasn't the best attack Sibton had faced so far.
    In reply, Broadstairs looked like they might not be up to the chase, as two quick wickets fell, and they were 5 for 2. Youngsters Benfield and Hogben steadied the flow of wicket with a nice stand of 75 before Tim Smith had Benfield caught at slip by an exquisite catch by Andy Allon, for 26. The Broadstairs batters by now had stopped playing any unnecessary shots as the Sibton bowlers toiled trying to get the wickets.  As the overs started running out fast, Andy Allon did pick up 3 wickets, and the return of Rowe and Newman had little affect with a few half chances, Broadstairs fell well short, but not really trying, on 158 for 7.
    Disappointing really but it's one of those things - it's still 13 points (3 points less of a batting second win)

    Meanwhile at Broadstairs, what would be considered as a strong Sibton attack, Broadstairs scored 221 for 8 in their 50 overs, with Gareth Meers picking up 4 wickets again, Nick Graham 2, and Sean Carey & Ryan T Boat 1 wicket a piece.
    In reply the Sibton batting failed with Martin Wren, 24, Kieron Mann, 22, all getting starts but then getting out. Adam Lamberton had success with another good knock of 44, but also was out. It left The Cube Ryan Currie stranded at the end on 22 not out as the Sibton mid and late order collapsed to finish on 190 from 42 overs.
    This is another disappointing result for the lads as it leaves them dangerously near the bottom.

    Next week it's the second half of the season as the 1s entertain Orpington and the 2s are at Hayes.

    Moving on to the next round of the Yorkshire Tea NVK, the Sibton lads had a long journey to Rowledge in Surrey. (Approx 100 miles)
    Batting first the Sibton ladies struggled to a mediocre 148 with only John Osborne having success with 54 and Jaimie 'windy pops' Keeler 26.
    However in reply the Sibton bowlers did what they do best, with skipper Steve Rowe, Gareth Meers and Simon Knight all getting 2 wickets a piece, and the cream of the crop Ryan Cuboid Currie picking up 3 wickets, as Rowledge were skittled for 93. Yesss, through to the next round which sees a home tie against either Bledlow Ridge (Bucks) or Plumpton & East Chiltington (East Sussex)

    In the other Sunday game the Development Team took on Kennington at home. (Report to follow)

Weekend 23rd & 24th June

Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 24th June 2012 @ 6:08pm

  • A tricky Saturday for 1s and 2s, facing decent Tenterden sides.
    The 1s were away at Tenterden, the wicket looked good and the out field excellent given the recent wet & rain.
    Losing the toss Sibton were asked to bowl. A good start again saw the back of opener Chris Vernon and the extremely dangerous Ben Price who started off looking very comfortable, as captain Steven Rowe picked both up. Price fell to an excellent catch, swirling in the wind, by Dan Lodge. Sam Newman then quickly followed up removing Tyler Griffin, thanks to an outstanding one handed catch by Rowe at slip.
    However, remaining opener Crawford and number 5, Timir Chanda, started to cement a good partnership, as they built an excellent base for a good score.
    Crawford passed his 50 with some good shots & clean hitting before being stranded by his partner for 60, run out by that man Rowe.
    Chanda continued the fight and just as it looked like Sibton were getting on top, he moved the scoring on with the aid of Ben Daking, who also whacked a few to the fence. Chanda eventually fell to the return of Newman, as Ali Neale made a quick fire 26 before being run out, and at the end of the 50 overs, with Daking 32 not out, Tenterden finished with a tidy 210 for 7, which was a good score, but maybe 20 or 30 light - depending on how Tenterden bowled and how the wicket played second up.
    So in reply Sibton got off to a good start amassing 57 for the first wicket in 11 overs, as Steve Hickmott went for 8. Andy Allon was very determined and with Kiwi Jack Harper knocked the ball around and hit it over the top when the time was right. Allon got his 50 before being run out for 52 attempting a second run (the mind was willing but the legs wouldn't work!!) Spin would be the key here and Ali Neale bowled well as Harper got started but was caught for 15, Jamie Keeler for 22 and Ben Allon bowled for 11. The game swung slightly back in Tenterdens favour with regular wickets falling, but Sibton were still just about up with the run rate. A slight order change saw skipper Rowe to the wicket, and some lusty blows along with some good running with partner Dan Lodge saw Sibton needing just 6 in the 48th over, as Rowe eventually fell going for glory for a decent 37. It was left to Steve Hobbs and Dan Lodge to knock the last few runs off as Sibton romped home in the 49th over. It was an excellent win, with a good performance from Lodgey for his 25 steering Sibton home. Tenterden bowled well enough and the pitch was very good, and in the past Sibton may well have collapsed, but that was then - this is now.
    Next week it's half way, with Broadstairs visiting Sibton.

    Meanwhile the 2s attempted to boost their league position. A fine bowling performance saw Shaun Carey, 3 wickets, and Gareth Meers, 2 wickets, rip out the top order as skipper Trevor Lewis, 3 wickets, and youngster Dan Cadd, 2 wickets, picked off the middle and low order. Tenterden were all out for a low 129 in the 50th over.
    As has been proven previously though a good bowling performance, with the help of bad batting, and a low total can be tricky to get. The Sibton batting, like Tenterden's, didn't get going as the game swayed one way, then the other - a few runs scored, then a couple of wickets - at 110 for 7 Sibton looked home and dry with plenty of overs to go. However, in the 35th over, Sibton were all out for 122, 8 runs short. A bit of a nasty taste in the mouth this!
    Unfortunately another under performance with the bat. Never mind, next week, it starts again and I'm sure all will be working hard at training to rectify.

    Sunday - Well unfortunately due to the awful weather the game was called off.

    Next Sunday the story continues in the NVK versus Rowledge (Surrey league)

Weekend 16th & 17th June

Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 17th June 2012 @ 11:55pm

  • Another fun packed weekend.
    At week 7, Saturday 16th June, both 1's & 2's faced St Lawrence.
    1st XI at home again, in a top of the table clash faced a good St Lawrence side in good form.
    Losing the toss St Lawrence decided to bat. Very cquickly St Lawrence were beginning to regret that at captain Steven Rowe ripped through bats 1, 2 & 4, with only Charlie Wakim and St Lawrence skipper Lewis Jenkins playing Rowe cautiously. Meanwhile, unusually, Sam Newman opening the other end, got whacked basically. An early substitute for Newman, saw Tim Smith remove the Jenkins after he was looking dangerous with a nice seaming away ball straight to keeper Steve Hobbs gloves'. A second quick wicket for Smith then saw St Lawence struggling at 56 for 6, after Rowe had removed Wakim for 28. Some resistance from Craig Buckham, 17 and Tom Caruthers, 24, held up proceedings but Andy Allon and cuboid Ryan Currie removed them fairly quickly, for Allon to pick up his second wicket and the return of Rowe saw him collect the final wicket and his fith as St Lawrence were skittled for 110 in the 36th over.
    In reply, Sibton took it steady. The early wicket of Steve Hickmott did give st Lawrence a glimmer but Andy Allon took it away from them when he was finally out for 52. One other wicket of Jamie Keeler fell shortly after, but Kiwi Jack Harper and Ben Allon saw it home in the 30th over - All done and finished by 5.30 too (how civilised)

    Sibton picked up a big 16 points and move just 4 points clear at the top of the table, after Sandwich won at Broadstairs.
    Another tough game next week as the 1's are away at Tenterden who are a decent side and are climbing up the table.
    Meanwhile, at St Lawrence, despite a 'scorebox' injury to Dave Stewart who had a large metal box fall on his head whilst scoring, and went to hospital to have stitches, Sibton amassed a decent 231 after being out in the 49th over. Lodgey did the damage with an excellent 96 and ably assisted with 35 from Chim Chimany Adam Lamberton and 40 from Nick 'pickle' Graham.
    In reply St Lawrence didn't get near and hung on for a draw on 162, as Dan Cadd picked up 4 wickets bowling very well, skipper Lewis, Dan Lodge and Maaaarrrrrtwyn Wren all a wicket a piece.
    A good positive result for the 2's, and lets hope they push on from here. (and Dee Ess with a sore head but he was fine the next day - I think)

    Meanwhile Sunday morning the Under 11's took on Nonington, and managed a good win by 6 runs, with contributions all round. The U13s were down at Hythe and scored a mediocre 126 but then destroyed the Hythe batters as they were all out for 44.

    On to the big game of the afternoon, the regional final of the National Village Cup.
    Linton Park were the welcome visitors.
    A good game as Sibton won the toss and opted to bat.
    Some good bowling and tight fielding had Sibton reeling a little at 44 for 4 after 20 overs. However Jamie Keeler pegged Linton back a bit with a fine 24 and Martin Wren looked settled but went for 19. Top run scorer of the season so far Ben Allon shortly followed. Steve Hickmott battled his way and made a fine 65 not out ably assisted by Ryan 'Boat' Currie with 19 not out, at the end of the 40 overs, and Sibton scrabbled 165, for 6, togehter. Linton Park bowled and fielded very well with skipper Mark Christmas leading the way.
    However, low scores have been a speciallity as the Sibton team know what they should be doing in the field to keep things tight, and so it proved. A good start from skipper Steven Rowe as he removed one opener. Gareth Meers at the other end toiled but got a bit of tap too. Time to bring in the big guns, and Tim Smith pulled it back towards Sibton as he removed the dangerous Thirkell for 26, and an excellent catch from Andy Allon saw him pick up his second wicket of Craig Sands for 8. Tight bowling also from Andy Allon, saw the game move away from Linton Park. Some flourishes from Linton skipper Christmas saw Linton have a glimmer but at the other end Stuart Cheeseman had hung around and been in a while and hadn't kept up with the scoring rate. The tight bowling and the pressure of the low rate forced Linton to hit out and Allon picked up two wickets including Christmas for 17, then with the return of Gareth Meers saw him pick up 3 quick wickets including Cheeseman for 34. It was nearly game over as Linton needed 22 off the last over, they finished on 149.
    Sibton win the Group 32 Kent stage of the NVK cup, and now await the next stage in two weeks with an away tie to the Surrey winners.

Weekend 9th & 10th June

Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 10th June 2012 @ 11:40pm

  • Whoa, a pretty full weekend.
    Saturday both 1's & 2's played The Mote.
    1st XI at home, lost the toss and were put in to bat on a damp pitch. With Andy Allon delayed from a Spain visit, new opening partnership of Steve Hickmott & Kiwi Jack Harper opened up. After a reasonable start Hickmott went for 27 shortly followed by Harper for 5 and swiftly followed by Sibton's recent run machine Ben Allon. Jamie Keeler provided some stability, as the late Andy Allon batting at 5 also fell for 3 bowled by Kenny George. Keeler later fell for 33 as Sibton found it difficult to score, and were struggling on 95 for 5. However the Sibton batting is good all the way down (ALL the way down to 11) as captain Steven Rowe and Simon Knight put together a good partnership with Rowe making some lusty blows, and got the run rate moving before Knight went for 25 and Rowe for 29, as the others then went quickly trying to push on with the score. Sibton were all out at the end of the 49th over with a fairly low total of 142, but it was a total that is defendable if they bowled & fielded well.
    Then so it came to prove, as The Mote struggled & spluttered at 27 for 3, as Sam Newman quickly picked up 2 wickets and Steven Rowe 1 wicket.
    The dangerous Tom Harvey hung around, but unfortunately regular wickets fell at the other end as Simon Knight pegged The Mote back with an excellent spell of 3 for 14 off 6 overs and Tim smith helped with 1 for 5 of 4 overs. It was then left for Newman to return and pick up 2 more wickets, including Harvey for 45, to finish with his second 5 wicket hall of the season and The Mote were skittled out in the 34th over for 88.
    (It saw the return of ex Sibtonian Joey Fowler who had a bit of a miserable day misfielding a couple then getting dismantled by Newman for 6!!)
    Another good win for the 1st XI, who entertain co leaders St Lawrence next Saturday.

    However the 2nd XI at The Mote and the reverse result.
    Batting first on a good pitch The Mote made a decent 179 for 7 in their 50 overs, with some misfields & dropped catches not helping the cause. Sean Carey & Dan Lodge picked up 2 a piece with skipper Trevor Lewis & Gareth Meers 1 wicket each.
    In reply Sibton looked ok as Dan Lodge made a good 59 but got out at a critical stage, and Nick Graham made 41. However the other batters weren't up to it and got out far too easily as only Martin Wren made further double figures of 15 as Sibton were bowled out for 166, a game in which they should have won if a few more batters had hung around.
    The 2's need to pick themselves up and get some results together. They too face St Lawrence next weekend, away.

    Well then....on to Sunday. The game against Canterbury had to be canceled due to the re arranged National Village Knockout V Upchurch, which had to have a result this weekend. A much discussed bowl out had been muttered about the previous day too. The forecast looked good now for the day as the weathermen had changed their minds from earlier in the week and even from Saturday.
    Upchurch made a fair 148 from their 40 overs mainly thanks to a steady knock of 45 from Michael Hales Senior, and some lusty blows lower down. AA picked up 4 wickets and Tugboat picked up 3 wickets. A highlight that mustn't go unmentioned is some fantastic fielding from Under 13 Harry 'Harold' Wren and then an absolutely outstanding catch at mid wicket that any 1st XI player would have been proud of - good work.
    At tea the heavens opened, and after some tooing and froing (and some saw dust to try & dry up the surface water (Bom bom!!!) the umpires and captains agreed on the bowl out!! Quite exciting really as all 11 players bowl 1 ball.
    As both teams practiced prior to the bowl out (with little success apart from a certain quality left armer who hit one stump in his 2 practice goes) Upchurch went first. Well as each team took it in turns to bowl, Sibton had one on the 7th ball as Upchurch hit the stumps only once and Sibton 6 times (Hits from AA, Harry Wren, Steve Hickmott, Tim Smith, Gareth Meers and Ben Allon to finish it up - Who missed hmmm, only Steven Rowe)
    It has to be said, it's a weird experience and is quite nervy and something that none of us had ever experienced before in our cricket playing years (young or old)
    Anyway Sibton go through to the regional finals to be played next week (17th June) at Sibton. The opponents are yet to come through but it's one from Linton Park or Bidborough

Weekend 2nd & 3rd June

Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 3rd June 2012 @ 12:54pm

  • A mixed bag of results.
    The 1st XI were away at Folkestone, which was going to be a tricky game.
    Steve Rowe was missing due to a stag do, so his replacement was the capable cube of Ryan Currie.
    Winning the toss, stand in skipper Steve Hobbs decided to bat.
    A difficult start as Folkestone bowling openers Joe Payne and Himmy Waingankar bowled well on a pitch that popped at times. Himmy quickly removed Steve Hickmott and Andy Allon (only Allon's 5th duck in his KL career), and Jack Harper run out. Sibton appeared to be struggling at a very slow run rate as they were 17 runs off 13 overs for 3 wickets. Ever improving Jamie Keeler got the ball rolling again with Ben Allon as the Folkestone second string weren't as tight as the first and the runs started to come. Keeler was eventually out for a fine 43 whilst Ben picked up his 3rd 50 in as many weeks. As Dan Lodge came & went, Ben was abley supported by Simon Knight. As Knight fell eventually for a good supportive 25, Ben, soon after, hit his first ever KL 100 and what another good patient knock it was again with clean hitting and good running.
    Allon was eventually out on 100, as the Sibton innings closed on 213 for 9.
    Just goes to show that despite a slow start patience and good batting with wickets in the bag, can get you to a decent score.

    In reply the Folkestone reply was a bit stuttery, as some good quick bowling from Sam Newman unsettled and removed Nathan Smith for 12 and Tim Smith got Ex Sibtonian Tom Payne to nibble at one, for 10, caught behind by Steve Hobbs. Himmy Waingakar looked steady for Folkestone as he was joined by captain Josh Bryen. Bryen fell to a good catch by Jamie Keeler off Andy Allon for a quick 18, then Sibton knew that they were now in with an excellent chance of the win. A slow scoring rate, and not pushing for runs didn't help Sibton and soon the wickets started to tumble as Andy Allon picked up 4 wickets for 30, Ryan Currie bowled excellently picking up 2 for 26 and Sam Newman cleaned up with 3 for 51, and it was all over in 36th over as only Waingankar finished 55 not out.
    A good effort by Sibton showing they are a capable all round team with and without big players.

    Meanwhile at home the 2nd XI entertained Gore Court, in a game that was done and dusted by 4pm.
    Batting first Sibton made a paltry 58 all out as only Martin Wren had success with 25. Gore Court bowler Jon Turner finished with astounding figures of 8 for 12 off 13.4 overs.
    In reply Gore Court went big from the off and despite losing 4 wickets completed the task in 13.1 overs, Gareth Meers picking up 2 wickets.
    Rather disappointing from the boys as they were sitting pretty but now are sat in the middle.

    Sunday - both the NVK game V Upchurch and the Development game V Hythe Green were called off due to the bad weather.
    The NVK game will now be played next Sunday at Sibton.

U13 National Cup V Tunbridge Wells.

Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 3rd June 2012 @ 12:26pm

  • The U13's had a rushed last minute game away V Tunbridge Wells in the National Cup (despite the final for the regional final not yet played) played at Homewood House Private School.
    The lads batted first against a very strong Tunbridge Wells team including Kent coaches son, Reece Adams and a rather large lad who was very quick at this age group (nobody could remember his name or perhaps they were just blanking it out!) Sibton managed 96 all out in 19 overs, which was a good effort overall including 31 not out by Josh Woodgate-White and 17 from Harry Wren, and 5 ducks from the tail !!
    In reply Tunbridge Wells beat the total for 2 wickets in just 8 overs !!!
    A good effort and a good experience for the boys against a very good side.

Busy busy

Posted by Tim Smith, Wednesday, 30th May 2012 @ 9:46pm

  • More good news - Andy Allon and Steven Rowe represented Sibton in the Division 1/2 League representative side V the Essex League equivalent. (Sam Newman also selected but see below as to why he wasn't playing)

    The rep side chased down 241, for 7 wickets, and go through to the next round. Rowey & AA got a wicket a piece, and AA got 36.
    Rowey was 0 not out at the end - know how that feels !!!

Further congratualtions

Posted by Tim Smith, Wednesday, 30th May 2012 @ 1:24pm

  • More good news and congratulations to Samuel Newman who makes his debut for Kent 2nd XI V MCC YC's, 3pm start at Canterbury, T20 comp.

    Good luck and go well. Scorecard will follow.

    Update: The boy done good. In the 2 games; Game 1 - 3 overs 0 maidens, 2 for 6. Game 2 - 2 overs 0 maidens 0 for 14 (Unlucky it included two very streaky 4's)   Work permitting, he's been asked to go to the Rose Bowl Friday 1st June with the 2nd team V Hampshire in another T20.

Congratualtions Olivia Barber

Posted by Tim Smith, Tuesday, 29th May 2012 @ 11:56pm

  • Congratualtions to Liv Barber for a fine 110 whilst playing for Kent U17 ladies V Berkshire ladies. Barb's fine knock was in front of Kent & England captain Charlotte Edwards who was watching the game.
    Philly Skelton Hook was also playing in the ladies team - did she get the 6 wickets?

    The scorecard can be found here

    I hope the ladies coaches are proud.

Weekend 26th/27th May

Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 27th May 2012 @ 5:01pm

  • Both teams faced Hythe this week.
    The 1st XI were at home, and entertained an under strength Hythe team.
    Batting first Sibton lost Steve Hickmott in the first over for 0, adjudged LBW. This was quickly followed by Andy Allon for 21, both falling to Trevor Squire.
    Kiwi Jack Harper and young pup Jamie Keeler then took the game away from Hythe going at 4, then 5, then 6 an over before Harper went skying a full toss for 64. Ben Allon then came in and took over from Harper, as Ben and Jamie piled on the runs. Keeler eventually fell for a fine and overdue 74.
    Ben Allon eventually was run out for 96 by keeper Jon Smith as he demolished the stumps, taking a cheeky single, after an excellent innings with some mature hitting and outstanding running between the wickets - it was a good team innings.
    Sibton finished on a large 285 off their 50 overs for 7 wickets, with Trev Squire picking up 3.
    After another superb tea, the Hythe innings got off to the worst start as they quickly found themselves on 33 for 4 after Sam Newman ripped out bats 2 & 3, Steve Rowe the other opener, and Andy Allon picked up the fourth.
    However a patient and watchful innings by Leon Morgan and John Smith, stopped the rot as they gained runs whenever they could but were behind on the run rate. Unfortunately straight after drinks Smith fell for 40, and Trevor Squire immediately after adjudged LBW. Sibton could smell the victory but got a little scratchy with the situation as Andy Maurice held up his end. Despite Maurice eventually falling to Rowe for 31, and another quick wicket, Hythe held out in the end to finish on 187 for 8, with Morgan ending on 75 not out.
    Andy Allon finished with 3 for 56 off 15 and Rowe 3 for 49 off 13, Sam Newman didn't add to his tally, finishing with 2 for 28 off 15.
    A good effort by Sibton and a winning draw for 13 points. A fine batting display by the guys and as ever steady bowling & fielding.

    Meanwhile the 2nd XI were at Hythe.
    A poor batting display left Sibton with a low 131 all out with only Tom Payne looking in form with 60.
    However the strong Sibton bowling saw them destroy Hythe's batters as they disintegrated for 69. Ryan Currie picking up 5 wickets with his mystic spinning, that not even he knows what is coming out. Another excellent by the boys.

    No game on Sunday.

    Next week another local derby (aren't they all this season) Folkestone for the 1's away and Gore Court for the 2's at home.

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