Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 25th September 2011 @ 10:31pm
The final game was played, after a 3 week break, away to Stowting, where unfortunately we were very rusty, and the result didn't go our way.
The ground is put away for the winter, with the square having major work done. Mr Kirk and his groundo team must be very pleased with the weather as it would be, I imagine, contributing to good early growth of the grass seed.
Keep an eye out too, the nets are looking even more promising in being replaced very soon - keep your fingers crossed.
Meanwhile, the Season Presentation Evening will be coming up (details posted soon) instead of the dinner dance, which has been sadly lacking in numbers in recent years.
AGM will be looming hopefully (again details will be posted) as lots is happening in the background, which if all goes to plan will be good for all and will mean excellent, positive progression.
The Junior Presentation evening is also locked in for the 14th October - a good chance to meet people and get involved as well as seeing how hard the Juniors have worked all year (but hopefully with not too longer speeches!!!!)
Time to think about 2012 too, and what you want to achieve. Start your trainig, preparations and keeping fit soon, with a view to some possible sessions before the end of the year, with the usual neeting in January - It would be good to bounce back to Prem.
Keepy our eyes peeled for any further notices on here, and make a note of any dates in your diaries.
Posted by Tim Smith, Monday, 5th September 2011 @ 12:16am
It is has been a pleasure for Sibton to play in the Premier League. Much fun was had, much learning was done, but it is not nice to lose most weeks and turned out to be a regular habit (as did winning the season before)
There IS a significant leap from Div 1 to Premier, no doubt, not necessarily with the bowling although it is more difficult at times to score, but with the batting for sure. Well to be honest, it should be better when you come up against Min Patel, Chris Harris, John Bowden, James Hockley, Sam Billings, David Masters, Matt Coles etc etc - you get the point, there are a lot of decent players.
It was also sometimes made that bit harder too, as it seemed some officials are/were very much in awe of some of these guys (and team in cases) - no sour grapes though, you get relegated because you didn't play well enough, and our batting was monstrous at times to say the least - it's just an observation.
That said, what an achievement for our players that even some of the Premier League greats haven't achieved;
Hicker a Premier League ton, AA a ton and five wickets in the same game and 3rd in the overall Premier league wicket takers and 18th in the batting, Lodgey a 50, Hobo a 50 and top of the Premier League fielding/keepers, Newman 5 fer and a run-a-round with Kent and a massively improved season taking 23 wickets at the top level, Rowey was always going to be a danger, desparate to get a few wickets in the last game to remain the Premier league leading wicket taker but he didn't but bizarrely nor did anyone else so he remains the Premier league top wicket taker with 31 wickets (a massive achievement) - not to mention all the other mini contributions from everyone else.
This is a great achievement for Sibton, and one to be very proud of - Massive paludits must go to Steve Hobbs, as he steps down from being skipper, to get Sibton to where it is with his forward & positive thinking & playing.
Lets look forward to 2012,and consequently 2013, and a possible return to the Prem where we will be far more informed & more than ready.
Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 4th September 2011 @ 11:58pm
Sibton's last Premier League gamefor a bit, but I've a feeling it might not be that long for a re appearance.
Winning his last toss as captain, Steve Hobbs decided to bat.
AA steam rollered off spanking young Matt Greenwood to all parts for 14 off his first over. Unfortunately at the other end Daniel Masters was so easy to keep out, at a decent pace, his AA's off stump was clip with a gem of a delivery, for 17.
With Greenwood pulled after 1 over, Bish followed AA shortly as he skipped passed a Jack Laraman ball, for 13. Scoring at 8 an over, after several early front foot no balls, and Jamkie Keeler smashing young Masters for 6, then saw Sibton in trouble and staring down the barrell at 49 for 5 and soon 93 for 7, but now going at 11 an over thanks to plenty of no balls (in fact in all 47 extras most from no balls!!) Cometh the hour though, and skipper Hobbs and Simon Knight got Sibton back on track as the Lordswood bowling faltered. Hobbs scored a fine 56 and Knight 45 as the Sibton mid/tail rallied to 234 all out in their 50 overs. A fine effort by Hobbs in his last game as skipper (and a Kent League 50 at Premier level)
In reply Sibton's opening bowlers never troubled Lordswood. (Well apart from a massive nick behind which was received by a not out!!!!) 4 or 5 easy dropped catches and a few half chances and the game looked like it was running away from Sibton as Lordswood Kevin Jones helped himself to a good 126 to leave Sibton licking their wounds as Lordswood passed the total comfortably in the 38th over, with only Tim Smith (2 fer) and Andy Allon picking up wickets.
A sad end to Sibton's Premier League status, but it has been an enjoyable one in a perverse way and much has been learnt.
Meanwhile at home the 2's comfortably beat Hythe as Miersy tonned himself up against his old club, in Sibton's total of 237. In reply Hythe made 164 and when finally dismissed in the 42nd over. A good win for the 2's who finished a respectable 5th in the league in the end.
Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 4th September 2011 @ 11:36pm
A midweek fixture on Thursday 1st September 2011, saw Harry Wren play his first game in Senior cricket. At his tender age, saw him score 21 runs and pick up 3 wickets.
Congratualtions to him and all those who have been coaching & helping him along his way, and long may it continue.
Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 28th August 2011 @ 4:12pm
A vital game for any chance of survival, however, like the season things didn't go to plan and the weather took it out of both our hands.
Winning the toss, Sibton elected to field.
As news came out that the Lordswood/Bickley game had been abandoned, 8 points each, meaning at that point Sibton were condemned right there, Rowey struck early removing the dangerous Tom Harvey on a damp, sticky pitch.
Simon Knight picked up the next wicket with a brilliant slower bouncer!!
A few more overs and the first break for rain took place, after Tim Smith had removed the other opener White.
Early tea, like the previous week at Bromley, and a 2 hour break, saw the game resume at 68 for 3 off 23 overs. The Mote tried to push on, but Smith bowled accurately with some sharp rising deliveries, to pick up 3 wickets in all. Meanwhile Andy Allon acrued his usual 3 wickets, and then a run out by Tom Payne, saw The Mote declare at the end of the 43rd over on 155 for 9.
As the dark clouds moved round, Sibton got off to a great start in what was going to be reduced overs. The first wicket fell on 63 as AA cracked a good 37 leaving Sibton in an excellent position. Unfortunately, the rain did come again and too much heavy rain, quickly re laid on the square, making any further play dangerous and so as Bish was unbeaten on 48, the game ended as Sibton were 94 for 2 with 14 overs left.
This result also then meant The Mote were also relegated and will play Div 1 cricket with Sibton next season.
A disappointing damp squib in many ways, with one game left away at Lordswood.
Meanwhile the 2s were on the verge of a win against title cotenders The Mote, thanks to 58 from Bej, 45 from Willy P and 40 red from Joey Beiber Fowler.
However as The Mote were 9 down, the weather called a halt to preceedings.
Meanwhile on Sunday, saw the last EKL game V Folkestone.
Unfortunately it ended in defeat as Sibton managed a paltry 115 all out, with only Bej contributing with 44, in reply Folkestone passed the score without loss thanks to lofty blows by Adam Hastilow 66 and Nathan Smith 44.
All in all and decent effort, despite the 2 games we ahd to concede. Congratualtions must go to Ben Allon for his efforts week in week out in captaining & managing the sides as they changed week on week. (and to Schnooks for doing a majority of the teas!!)
Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 21st August 2011 @ 11:56pm
A strange game, and not a good advert for win/lose cricket when rain affected.
Arriving early in the chucklebus in sunny conditions, Sibton lost the toss and were asked to field. Two early strikes from Rowey and Newman saw Bromley at 3 for 3.
However Ex New Zealand test player Chris Harris seemed to scratch around but passed 50 without anyone noticing, ably assisted by Migs Barbosa.
The weather changed and at 123 for 2 after 30 overs, it pours down and the teams are off for approximately 1 hour, taking tea.
The sun is back out after some torrential rain and the game is back on but is heading for an incomplete game as 20 overs must be taken at 6.20. So Bromley speed up with Harris getting his 100 then being dismissed by AA, having had two very very very adjacent LBWs turned down whilst in the 30's. (very very adjacent!!) Barbosa also reaches a good 60.
Some quick hitting and Bromley declare in the 42nd over for 229, Rowey 3 wickets, Newman 2 and AA 2, as the other bowlers toiled for no luck.
In reply Bromley had to race through overs to get to a stage whereby at 6.20 they could get their final 20 in, meaning if Sibton didn't get the total Bromley would win, but if at 6.20 more than 20 overs were left the game becomes incomplete. (complicated huh!)
So the Bromley bowlers all came off two paces as the Sibton batters tried to slow things along. A lot of chat and whining took place turning the game almost farcical. However Bromley did get their overs in to the umpires satisfaction and at 50 overs Sibton were well short at 151 for 8, with AA, Bej & Rowey making 20's and SK 31.
Fair play to Bromley for getting their overs in and the players were gracious and sympathetic, apart from the captain who seems under great duress & stress to produce trophies which he currently isn't likely to do.
Two games left and two must wins, staring with The Mote in what could be the last home Premier league game for a season or so. Lets hope everyone produces like the away Mote game.
Meanwhile at home the 2's had the lovely pleasure of Harvel - nice. As usual controversey as accusations fly unnecessarily!
Sibton made a large 272 for 6 thanks toan excellent 119 from Payno with others chipping in. In reply Harvel got close but were eventually dismissed in the 50th over for 251. The wickets were shared but Tidy picked up 4 fer late on.
The 2's now sit half way in the table and must surely look to win the last two games and hold that spot.
Meanwhile the Sunday EKL team travelled to Hythe, in what looked like a good game.
Hythe made a decent 227 for 8 from their 40 overs with Meers Junior, Bej and Miersy picking up 2 wickets.
In reply Sibton mangaed 221 for 7 as Payno continued where he left of Saturday with 77, Bej 61 & Miersy 37, with the others chipping in.
One EKL game to go, next week at home to Folkestone.
Posted by Tim Smith, Monday, 15th August 2011 @ 12:49pm
After a heavy cricket week too.
This was always going to be difficult, and unfortunately normal service resumed!!
Having a bat first, Sibton never got going as they were quickly dismissed in the 34th over for a paltry 123. Only AA 33 and Lodgey 21 had anything to show as the batting copitualted on a turning pitch (but should have still got more runs)
In reply Hartley went all guns blazing, as Stickells cracked on but was dismissed, McKechnie & Billings also smashed it but went whilst doing so. Some excellent bowling from Newman, putting some real effort in, saw him pick up 3 deserved wickets and Rowey ending up with 2, and pulling up with a groin twinge, as Hartley knocked the runs off in 19 overs, but 5 wickets down.
A poor result, but still all to play for as the mote beat T Wells, 2 wins could still see survival with 3 games left.
Bromley away next week!!
Meanwhile the 2's also took a bit of a thumping from Hartley 2's, as 162 was never going to be enough unless all was kept tight in the field. Hartley knocked the runs off in the 39th over just 3 down.
The 2's despite their position near the bottom are safe as the bottom sides can not escape the drop, but 3 victories in the last 3 games should be on the agenda.
Meanwhile in the EKL at Deal Vics, the boys & girls suffered a loss as Deal Vics mangaed 263 in their 40 overs, Sibton finished 30 short, but a good effort by all.
Just 2 games left now, Hythe & Folkestone.
Posted by Tim Smith, Tuesday, 9th August 2011 @ 11:45pm
The tents are up - and quite a few checked in to the Hotel Boatel.
8th August - V The Gnomes
The weather held, just. A good game as the Gnomes ammassed a large 263 in a declaration game (approx 46 overs) for 3, including an 150 by one of the openers.
In reply Sibton reached 190ish, well short, with 6 overs left of the 20. 69 for Bej and 50 for Willy P.
A decent game, and thanks to The Gnomes for making it a good evening, as bangers & mash were served up after - and copius beers
9th August - V Overseas XI
Another niceish day. The overseas superstars including West Indies legend Collis King, play in a 40 over game. The overseas make a massive 330 in their 40 overs, with 100 for Folkestone's Himmy, a quick fire 45 for Collis including some massive 6's with his 4 pound 3 ounce bat. Poor old Tuggers!!
In reply Sibton made just over 200, with Hobo making 67, and great potential with nice shooting from Lodge, JK and Joey 'Beiber' Fowler.
Excellent food with a BBQ after, and entertainment from Hartley & Collis. Oh and the rum is gone!!!
10th August - V Forty Club
Nice and sunny. A declaration game saw Sibton amass 220, with Bej getting 40. In reply Forty Club lost 5 wickets for 163.
Rounders and catching water ballons followed the game, then chilli.
Late night antics carried on for lots, with lots camping, and some heavy heavy heads. (Following the arrival of Arter!!!)
11th August - V Selsdon
A lot of people looking sorry for themselves after the previous night.
A close game set in 40 overs, with the weather fine rain/damp for most of the afternoon. Selsdon reached 163, Sibton fell 5 short at the end with Miersy 67 not out.
Jacket potatoes, and games night followed - and sleepover at The Park. Arter was in fine form, unlike his pants which must have been blasted to pieces.
12th August - V MCC
The Tidy's early breakfast saw a good start to a fine day.
11am start saw MCC get 260 in approx 60 overs. Superstar Newman getting 2 early wicket.
In reply, in shorter time, Sibton smashed it with 14 overs to spare thanks to yet another Hickers 50, JK 47 not out and the machine that is AA 155. A great effort.
Hog roast followed. Unfortunately the live band hadn't materialised (well by 10pm anyway) so we made do with JK and The White Stripes (Do da do do da do do do do)
A better day.
Posted by Tim Smith, Tuesday, 9th August 2011 @ 11:35pm
Well, what a turn up. Is someone toying and teasing us?
Nice and relaxed this week, Sibton lost the toss and are asked to bat.
122 for the first wicket as Bish gets 62. AA went nuts and played and excellent innings against some average bowling, apart from Howes who bowled well. 257 for 2 as AA made a magnificent 114 - not bad for an old boy ay.
Meanwhile Hickers who has been consistent all season, makes his first ever Premier league 100 in a superb knock, to finsih on 104 not out, well supported by JK and Lodgey.
Sibton finish on a massive 304 for 4 in their 50 overs.
Would the Sibton bowlers & fielders manage to defend that?
YES - Rowey picks up 3 quick wickets as Bickley whilst trying to go for it and whack the ball to all parts, find themselves at 59 for 3, and this should be game over. Not really, as it's been said all season these Prem teams bat all the way down. AA comes on to bowl and quickly picks up wickets, but Bickley are there and there abouts on run rate. A small cameo from the dangerous Abjit Kale 31 and Phil Browing 33, but it's all over in the 43rd over as Bickley are dismissed for 217. AA picks up 5 wickets to go with his ton and Rowey gets 4 wickets.
Job done, just Hartley, Bromley, The Mote & Lordswood now!!!!
A great effort by The Park boys, and a good start to cricket week.
Meanwhile the 2's at St Lawrence - well they clung on for the wrong end of a draw unfortunately. Much improvement still, and must make sure points are accumulated to stop the slide towards danger. Tugboat got 4 more wickets, and skipper Muzz 35 not out.
Meanwhile in the EKL game, top of the table Upchurch visit for the first time, very confident too they were.
Bah bah - They took a lesson and were thumped. Sibton reached 201 in their 40 overs, with Payno getting 46, Miersy 33, Lodgey 28 nad others chipping in. Upchurch were dismissed , despite the chirpyness, for 114, with only Michael Hales Jnr making a score of 59. T Boat ripped the Upchurch apart with a magnificent hat-trick. Another great win, and also a shame the two fixtures in the weeks before were cancelled due to player availability.
Great effort though against a decent side
Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 31st July 2011 @ 2:06pm
Another week, but a similar story. Lots of people never played at The Vine too. The weather was nice, the wicket looked a good one, and it was.
Sibton bowl first, bat 1 wanders out of his crease 2nd over, after playing one to point, looking troubled and gets run out. Bom bom.
The ever green John Bowden quickly races to yet another fifty, punishing the bad ball, occassionally inside edging, and sometimes putting away a decent ball. Bowdens partner, Kel, bats well and is finally dismissed for 49, followed shortly by Bowden himself as he looks tired for 85. The Sibton dobblers pull the scoreboard back round as Fabian Cowdrey scratches, pokes and prods about, getting stressy about the balls he misses and appears to not enjoy the ones he does, but he accumulates runs all the same. Sibton's openers return only to get cracked round the field by Blackaby, 45, and Cowdrey passes his 50. Another wicket, run out, and Cowdrey is left to curse his earlier scratching as he falls 3 runs short of his 100, as Sevenoaks amassed 332 for 5 in 50 overs. The Sibton bowlers toiled, as the slower bowlers seem to be the more successfull & economical.
In reply, The Sibton batters looked lost and appeared to bat on a different pitch as a few got start, AA 39 on his return, but of course it was the same good pitch and the batsman one by one fell as Sibton were dismissed for 178 in 42 overs.
Very disappointing, and lots of lessons learnt we hope on digging in on an away pitch that was batter friendly. (Well for one side!!!)
The Mote beat Bexley so jump above Sibton by 4 points.
Bickley Park next week at home, so lets see what happens then.
Meanwhile the struggling 2's struggle!! 105 all out was a poor total, with the number 9 batsman looking the best!!!
Sevenoaks despitelosing 5 wickets, easily passed the total in 31 overs.
Apparently Cold Play's Chris Martin was playing for Sevenoaks!!!
Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 24th July 2011 @ 2:47pm
An important game this one, (and with the players ears rinigng from the Skippers team talk) but as in most games this season the same story and outcome unfortuntely.
In the field first Sibton got off to their usual flyer as T Wells appered to be sruggling at 64 for 5 after 22 overs, with Rowey picking up an early wicket and Sam Newman 2, with Smudger picking up the dangerous Paulsen.
As already stated, batsmen 6 and 7 put on 97 for the next wicket in a short space of time, a good 44 from Cutts and Williams an excellent 81.
The Sibton bowlers toiled, and the fielding was better but the T Wells batters found the boundary too often, a, Rowey picked up another wicket to finish with 2, as did Smudger and Newman could not add to his 2 wickets. Simon Knight picked up his first Prem wicket for a few years, with a good caught & bowled.
T Wells finished their 50 overs with 228 on the board!!!
In reply Sibton were steady but lost Tim Bishop early again. Bej looked comfortably on 23 before a rash swipe did for him. Hickers grafted 24 but was also dismissed, and it was left to the youngsters Payne & Lodge to try and fight on. Both made an excellent effort and got Sibton very much back in the game. Unfortunately a waist high full toss did for Payne as he finished on 25, and later on a swipe across the line did for Lodgey but not before he passed a fine 50, and welldeserved it was.
Unfortunately Sibton were wanting 14 an over and despite trying, with skipper Hobbs finishing 27 not out, sibton fell 18 short at 210 for 8. T Wells skipper and part time bowler Bekker finished with 6 wickets.
Sibton's MOM Lodge had an excellent game in the field, very agressive, and with bat - good to see and long may it continue.
This leaves Sibton struggling with a full 36 points behind the 7th team, a tall but not necessarilly impossible task.
Sibton visit The Vine next week.
Meanwhile the 10 men 2's with no umpire went to Gore Court.
Fine knocks from Joey Fowler, 91 (that's his score not age!!!) and Jamie Keeler, 55, saw Sibton rack up 205 in their 50 overs.
Unfortunately Gore Court were much better than earlier in the season and passed the 205 in the 44th over only 5 down. MOM Joey Fowler picked up 3 wickets and Sean Carey 2
The 2's are still mid table, and should be safe but need to keep an eye on not slipping down the table anymore.
Meanwhile in a brilliant EKL game.... Oh no, that's wrong!! Due to only having 7 players we had to cancel the game V ST Lawrence. This is very very poor, and apologies to our oppenents on our failiure. I hope this doen't happen again - please!
Posted by Tim Smith, Thursday, 21st July 2011 @ 11:08pm
On the attached newsletter item below is the information for cricket week, again fast approaching? We still have some places available for players for the games that week. Availability sheets are up in the club – details of the social events for the week are also included. We want this one to be the best yet and rely on all our members to support the club on as many days as possible. As you can see from the information it is going to be a busy but enjoyable festival of cricket. Adrienne will be offering concessions for families on most of the events evenings which includes the food on offer. Sign up early to avoid disappointment and more importantly make it easier for the catering team. There is a bar rota being drawn up for the week. If you are willing to help either sign up on the sheets in the club or contact Rowey firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your support – I look forward to seeing you during cricket week.