Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 27th May 2012 @ 4:30pm
Wow, bit of a lesson here, but Elham were a more experienced older team.
Sibton batted first. More accurate and faster bowling than the guys had faced before made it very difficult to score, and only one pair didn't get out at all.
On top of that backing up, running between the wickets and judging a run still need a lot of work. Sibton limped to 206.
In reply the Elham lads worked it around easier and hit regular boundaries, hitting the ball harder than Sibton had been used to in previous games.
At the end Elham finished on a large 328, losing only two wickets - a run out from Acey and a bowled by Jemimah.
Still another good lesson for the guys who are definitely growing with each game.
Congratulations to Alexander on his first game for the team, and well done to all the others who played and tried hard.
Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 20th May 2012 @ 11:50pm
Another impressive display by the ever improving Under 11's team saw them lose by just 5 runs to an older and more experienced Hawkinge team.
Batting first Sibton made 271, one more run than the previous week. All the batting pairs finding it a bit tougher because the bowling was more accurate but all the same they coped well and actually scored more off the bat. Batsmen backing up, and judging runs still needs to some work mind! The two Max's, Brenchely & Jenkins, started the innings followed Nat & Tristan Parmenter, then Louis Smith & Jermimah Greenwood and finally followed by Joseph Parrish and Acey Gore.
In reply the Sibton bowlers did well, with Joseph Parrish picking up an early wicket with a good caught & bowled. Unfortunately needing a wicket in the last over might have seen Sibton snatch the win but Hawkinge ground it out and came out victors. Again a decent enough fielding display, but obviously still some work to do ie walking in when the bowlers running up.
There will always be something to improve on as these guys are a young team, but they are progressing exceptionally well already so long my it continue.
Thanks to Roland, Dave and the supporting parents.
Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 20th May 2012 @ 11:41pm
A better weekend for the 1st XI, not so good for the 2nd team.
1st XI away to Whitstable expected and got a good game, but it was very very close!
Being inserted Sibton, Sibton got off to a reasonable start but Andy Allon fell to a quicker short ball from the impressive Sean French. Unfortunately keen to impress and get on the board overseas Kiwi Jack Harper chased a regulation left armer's ball and nicked off to the keeper giving French his second wicket in consecutive balls.
Scoring at 4's and 5's an over Sibton were going well but kept losing wickets as Jamie Keeler got himself in with some excellent hitting & shot play but skied one and was gone.
Only Steve Hickmott & Ben Allon showed some grit with 70 and 74 respectively, but both unfortunately gave their wickets up too easily at crucial times, as Sibton finished on a below PAR but reasonable 218 all out, and gave Whitstable 2 extra overs. Whitstable bowled very well with French keeping it tight, and James Loader seaming the ball and taking the pace off making it difficult to score.
In reply Whitstable got off to a flyer as Max Campbell played exceptionally well and made the Sibton opening attack struggle as he pushed the ball around with ease. Meanwhile his opening partner Tondulkar dropped anchor and scored 2 off a lot of balls before Rowe got a breakthrough. As Campbell quickly passed his 50 and looking to take the game away from Sibton, slag brothers Tim Smith and Simon Knight got Sibton back in to it, stemming the flow of runs, and Campbell went slightly back in to his shell now playing cautiously. Slowly but surely wickets started to tumble as Knight bowled exceptionally well and picked up 2 wickets. Campbell got his well deserved 100 after being in the 90's for a long time before and crucially he fell to Andy Allon. Some handy glove work from Steve Hobbs hung on to catches and very sharp stumpings, then saw the scales sway back slightly in Sibton's favour. Josh Gould batted well for 36, tipping the scales back towards Whitstable, but a silly run out and it was back on for Sibton. Needing very few runs, Sibton were regretting giving Whitstable the extra 2 overs perhaps. Steve Rowe returned and was mopping up, with same Newman picking up a vital wicket finally, leaving Whitstable 9 wickets down needing just 2 runs to win. Rowe bowled a full straight ball for French to step across his stumps and be given out LBW as Rowe picked up his 4th wicket and Sibton got the win.
A real tight one with lots to be learnt from - it was a game Sibton had no right to win after an excellent display by Campbell but also proves if you keep going to the end, and you keep applying pressure, things can happen in your favour.
Meanwhile the 2's entertained Whitstable 2's. A good bowling and fielding display restricted Whitstable to 140 for 8 from their 50 overs, with captain Trevor Lewis picking up 3 wickets, T Boat 2 wickets, 1 for Carey and 2 run outs.
However in reply, like the 1's last week, Sibton batters threw it away as a good Whitstable bowling side skittled Sibton out for 115 in the 48th over.
Moving swiftly on to Sunday and the National Village Knockout competition, virgin entrants Hollingbourne and Sibton battled it out at Hollingbourne.
A difficult damp pitch and some reasonable bowling made it difficult for Sibton batting first, as Steve Hickmott, Andy Allon and Dan Lodge fell early on. In form Ben Allon however settled it down with an excellent knock for 91 before holing out. Under 13 Harry Wren made his debut and despite coming in at a difficult time played maturely trying to help push the score on before being caught. Sibton made a decent 223 on a difficult seaming/spinning pitch.
In reply Sam Newman took two early wickets removing the openers. A few biffs and bashes saw Hollingbourne get a glimmer of hope, but Dan Lodge and Ryan Currie held Hollingbourne up as Lodge pickled up 3 wickets and T Boat picked up a 5 fer bowling very well. They were helped by some excellent glove work from John Osborne on his return after 11 months out from injury. Nine down and needing 60 runs, some lusty blows from number 11 made it close but Tim Smith finally finished it up as Hollingboune finished on 185. Closer than perhaps it should be, but Hollingbourne battled and gave it a good go, but then again Steve Rowe and Andy Allon were not required to be brought in to the attack.
Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 13th May 2012 @ 1:09pm
Well, what a start for the relatively inexperienced team.
Batting first (pairs cricket) the Sibton guys totaled 270 in their 20 overs. Some nice batting by the two Max's at the beginning, Harry & Jack Divers and Louis Smith & Jemimah Greenwood in the middle and finished off nicely by Joseph Parry & Acey Gore. Some work to do on judging a run and backing up but it was good all the same as only 3 wickets were lost (there were quite a few extras!)
Having said that, for the guys first game together, what a bowling and fielding revelation. They kept the bowling as tight as possible with a few extras, and fielded really well. Louis Smith & Joseph Parry picked up 3 wickets each, a good run out between Joe and Harry made it difficult, with the two Max's, Harry, Acey and Jemimah all bowling well making batting difficult.
Folkestone finished on 231 for 8.
A brilliant win for the team for their first game, and probably an unexpected win - but they exceeded all expectations. Good work the coaches!
Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 13th May 2012 @ 1:00pm
Wow, the first time this year playing an actual game on grass - it was good to finally get out there.
The 1st XI entertained Sandwich at home.
Winning the toss Sibton decided to field first (well you would!) A terrific start as Newman and Rowe kept things very tight, Newman dismissing hot Kent prospect Sam Northeast for 1 and shortly after the dangerous Snell.
Bowling and fielding really well the Sibton boys kept it tight and only the experience of Stuart Smith, who dug in excellently for Sandwich, ground out a vital 42 and some hard hitting towards the end by Fagg saw Sandwich reach 146 for 9 after 50 overs. Newman deservedly picked up his first 5 for the season, bowling impressively. Overseas SAFA Ashley Cook picked up one as well as Allon, Rowe and Smith. The other bowlers supported well enough but did bowl one of two four balls an over, which will tighten up when more games have been played. The fielding looked impressive, with JK taking a fantastic catch, unfortunately off a no ball!!
In reply openers Hickmott and Allon started well enough, before Allon spooned one up and was caught. The Sandwich bowlers bowled true and straight, and made scoring difficult. As the Sibton order got bobbed down a little, wickets regularly tumbled as lots of guys got starts but couldn't see it through, as Simon Knight was run out and Ben Allon was out on a 7th ball of the over, despite there being no wide or no ball. Sibton slumped to 126 all out in 47.2 overs with Hickmott getting 21, Keeler 24, Knight 17 and Rowe 17. Alan Amos of Sandwich was economical as ever with 1 for 23 off 15 and Northeast picking up 4 wickets.
Disappointing start, but there is a long way to go.
Meanwhile the 2's travel led to Beckenham, fielding first Gareth Meers ripped the Beckenham batters apart taking 5 wickets, and Ryan Currie taking 3 as Beckenham were skittled for 66.
In reply Tom Payne and Adam Lamberton quickly knocked off the runs, only losing one wicket of Dave Stewart.
An excellent start and victory.
Sundays Development game was unfortunately called off due to lack of Senior players.
Posted by Tim Smith, Wednesday, 28th March 2012 @ 10:54pm
The Under 13's won the indoor league, but probably not as they'd like.
With the last game being Sunday 25th (just gone) Hythe, unfortunately, could not raise a team, so the boys got the points.
A good effort by all the guys who played, all of which contributed, and all put in the effort.
Thanks to Glen & Mark for running it, scoring & umpiring.
Good work & a nice start to the season - now lets win the outdoor leagues (in all age groups!!)
Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 4th March 2012 @ 6:10pm
Another win, quite convincing too.
The guys had an outstanding win against the Elham 5, who battled but it was always going to be difficult.
Electing to bowl first, the Sibton boys took regularl wickets, with all bowling well and keeping the extras down (well I say down, less than they have been in previous weeks) Bish & Miles kept it tight as ever, and thanks to some good catching from Ben F and Miles, run outs from Owen & Miles, Elham quickly found themselves blocking a few to use up the overs. They did well too picking up ones every ball for a while. Unfortunately in the last over Elham were all out for 55.
In reply, and a new opening partnership, the Sibton guys got off to a nervy start but became more confident as Elhams total was passed in the 7th over and Owen and Bishan both found themselves retiring on 26 and 28 respectively. Ben B and Ben F carried on and were there at the end as Sibton finished on 126 off their 12 overs for 0 wickets!!
An excellent win, but also hard on Elham.
A special mention to the other lads in the team who didn't get opportunities this time around. Cricket can be like that sometimes when you're sat there with your pads on all day watching someone else score runs, or your itching to bowl but don't get the nod. You are very much part of the team boys, it's good you show you want to be involved and the team(s) wouldn't be the same without you. Keep going, keep trying, and you will get your opportunities - and grab it when it comes around.
No game for a few weeks, the final game being Sunday 25th March 10am, at PV School - a win would ensure a potential joint top or even an outright league win (It could come down to run rate even) but the main thing is to enjoy it, win or lose.
Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 26th February 2012 @ 12:03pm
Phew, a tight one resulting in a narrow win.
Bowling first the Sibton lads bowled well enough, but there were still 46 extras (no balls & wides) out of Folkestone's score of 75.
Bishan bowled very well with his out swingers and Miles very neat & tidy. The ground fielding was good, it's just those extras.
In reply Sibton got off to a decent start well up on the run rate, but Bish pulled one square, not quite catching hold of it, was caught. Ben Benchley and Miles Clayton batted well enough but missed out a little in the middle overs as walls weren't hit and runs weren't possible. The Folkestone lads to be fair bowled and fielded very well. When the last over came round Sibton need 11 to win, after a single then a run out for one run, Miles cracked a 4 and needing 4 to win off 2 balls, he cracks a six and its all over and he scores 26 leaving the next batsmen, Owen to face the last ball.
Like I say, a narrow victory, but a victory all the same.
Cut out the extras as much as possible, and hit the walls/run in the middle overs and the guys will do very well.
The penultimate game next week, before a two week break, against Elham. The guys should be seeking a better game after the mauling received from Elham last time, but to also stand a chance of winning the league having won 3 games out of 4 so far.