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Weekend 7th September

Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 8th September 2013 @ 5:38pm

  • In the last hurrah of the season:

    The 1s traveled to Bexley - after much too & froing, rejecting, no response and some generally all round shlokes, the 1s had 10 at Bexley!
    An early wicket was ideal however, Bexley scored fairly freely. At 166 for 8 Bexley looked like they would be well below 200. However having Min Patel at number 9 is fairly handy as he quickly scored 50 and put on a partnership of 87 in 9 overs with  No 10 Henry Pickering.
    At the end of the 50 overs Bexley had 253 without really trying. Some dropped catches and a few misfields didn't help things either.
    In reply Sibton quickly slumped to 57 for 4, and it was apparent end of season had set in at the 10 men were dismissed for 102 in the 36th over. 
    Very disappointing for skipper Simon Knight who has had a tough season in all.

    Meanwhile the 2s at home took on St Lawrence.
    Batting first, Sibton got off to a decent start with Summit Solanki smacking 30 quickly. Unfortunately no one else fired as only Martin Wren got a score of note with an excellent 62, as Sibton were all out for a mediocre 178.
    In reply St Lawrence lost early wickets. St Lawrence open Paul ~Reynolds steadied the ship but unfortunately too many other batsman got in and got out the other end. In a tight game, it was spin twins and look-a-likes Tim Wren and Ryan Currie who did the damage. Mike James took an outstanding catch off Ryan Currie to dismiss the dangerous Reynolds for 79, and then Currie himself,earlier, took a magnificent one handed catch at slip to get rid of Tyron Beech. With 8 required for St Lawrence to win and one wicket left, Currie wrapped the game up at the end of the 49th over for the Sibton win, as he finished with figures of 4 for 48, Tim Wren 4 for 42 and skipper Trevor Lewis and Mike James 1 each.
    A good win to end the season, it again what was a very tough, straining, stressful and difficult season for skipper Trevor Lewis.

    So that's it for another season - the 1st XI will play Division 1 cricket with Hayes & Upchurch coming up from Division 2, and Whitstable down with Sibton.
    Meanwhile the 2nd XI drop to Division 2 for the first time in a good few years - disappointing but such is life.

    The end of season party & presentation evening will be held on the 28th September at the club. Details will follow on the event.
    Likewise details will be posted on the grand 'putting away all the stuff' for the closed season.

    See you all soon - keep looking here for news.

Weekend 31st August

Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 1st September 2013 @ 7:39pm

  • A sad day for both teams as relegation was confirmed for 1s and 2s.
    At home V Blackheath the 1s had a bat first, and what a start. AA's new opening partner Terry Dunham got the 1s off to a flyer quickly scoring his 50 in 15 overs.
    When the score was on 86, Dunham  had 68 and AA was still on 10 in 16 overs, Blackheath didn't seem to know what had hit them.
    Unfortunately after an explosive knock Dunham fell for 86, but a good display for the crowd. AA only managed to get 26 before also being dismissed. Jake Benfield scored his second 50 of the season with a fine knock, and with a couple of other 20s from Ben Allon And Steven Rowe, Sibton finished on a tidy 254 for 6 in their 50 overs - a decent total on a flat pitch (and only the second or third time over 200) but work to do.
    Well, as explosive as Dunham's knock was, Blackheath's Aiden Blizzards was better I'm afraid to say (but it was good for the neutral)
    After an early wicket of the dangerous Jahid Ahmed, Blizzard went mad and put the ball everywhere and anywhere he liked. Kent's Daniel Bell-Drummond supported at the other end, if a bit scratchy. The next wicket fell on 157, of Bell Drummond for 44 having been dropped twice (once on 19 and again at 35) with just 18 overs gone. Blizzard passed 50 in 18 balls and then in a flash he was on 100. The Sibton bowlers were flagging and the fielding wasn't up to scratch as Blizzard continued his onslaught before finally getting caught on 156. 54 runs were still required but the game had all but gone with over 20 overs left. A late flurry on wickets thanks to Craig Buckham, 3 for 40 off 7, and  Josh Woodward on debut 2 for 39 off 4.3 overs but the game was soon all over in the 34th over.
    That was that, so Division 1 next year.
    One game to go, Bexley away.

    Meanwhile away, the 2s at Hayes had only 10 players one of which was injured and couldn't run!
    Hayes were restricted to 217 for 7 in their 50 overs. Pick of the bowlers were Tim Wren with 4 wickets and Ryan Currie with 2 wickets.
    In reply Sibton seemed to be up with the rate and coping with the chase. However, soon a constant flow of wickets after many got late 20s and early 30s, resulted in 10 overs being required in the last over with one wicket remaining.
    The last wicket was unfortunately taken, 6 runs short of the target. An extra player/batsman and who knows... (See the Beckenham away game also !!!)
    So that was that too, Division 2 cricket for the 2s next year.
    Last game is against St Lawrence at home - be nice to get a full strength side and finish with a win.

    Further disappointment Sunday when the game had to be called off due to lack of players (3 in fact) - very poor form, and it's not the first, second, third, fourth etc time this year is it !

Weekend 24th August

Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 25th August 2013 @ 6:03pm

  • Wet wet wet - No play.

    Two games to go, quite a big ask but definetly possible to get two wins (if you want it enough).
    1s have Blackheath at home whilst the 2s are away at Hayes.

    Good luck to all - see you at training !

Weekend 17th August

Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 18th August 2013 @ 6:15pm

  • These reports get briefer and briefer.
    At home the 1s entertained Lordswood - and that's about it, entertained !!
    Lordswood got 278 for 8 in their 50 overs. Sibton got a paltry 159. 
    All to do next week V Sevenoaks.

    Away the 2s likewise were the entertainment for Lordswood's weekend. Batting first a bad start, continued throughout the 50 overs except for the tail wagging with Ryan Currie getting 43. Denis Cullum batted sensibly at the beginning and hung around but others just gave it away.
    A reasonable score was had in the end of 161 for 8.
    However lack of application/concentration/toughness soon saw Lordswood pass the total in 41 overs, thanks to a good knock by stalwart Alan Pattenden, 85 not out. Very few chances in his innings but there were a couple which weren't taken.
    The Mote at home next week for the 2's.

    Both teams in the doldrums and need to pull their fingers out. Both teams need to be more positive, have more belief, back themselves, concentrate more, less joking around (the 2's) and get the job done - then the drinking & joking can take place.
    Losing is never fun and like winning becomes a habit, and yes it does get to you. However, there's 11 individuals that can work together to break that habit - you are one of those - be honest with yourself, have you really played to the best of your ability every week, trained hard every week, applied yourself whenever the situation arose ?   Now is the time.
    A full house at training for fielding & catching!

Weekend 10th August

Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 11th August 2013 @ 2:43pm

  • After an amazing cricket week, back to earth with a bump in the league stuff.
    Away at Beckenham the 1s fielded first. After a 10th over injury to Jamie Keeler, Sibton fielded most of the game with 10. A quick fire 48 from Kent's Alex Blake and a couple of hundreds by James McCulloch and William McVicar, Sibton were going to have to chase a massive 347. The wickets were shared, in the 4 wickets Beckenham lost, and after being 6 for 2!!
    In reply, wickets fell regularly with only Ben Allon, 71, and John Osborne, 41, making any inroads. Sibton failed on 193 all out in 49 overs.
    Disappointing, and with Sevenoaks somehow beating Bickley Park and Whitstable beating Bexley, puts the next 4 weeks into even more perspective.

    Meanwhile at home the 2s took on top of the league Beckenham 2s, in what was always going to be a difficult game.
    Batting first Sibton got off to a reasonable start but soon had a flurry of wickets, going from 62 without loss to 95 for 4. Terry Dunham made a good 43 and new opening partner Adam Lamberton 29.
    Josh Woodward continued his form with 34 but failed to carry it on, and it was left to Martin Wren, 74 not out, and Tim Wren, 35 not out, to push the score and get Sibton to a decent 229 for 5 in their 50 overs in the end.
    In reply the Beckenham openers got off to a good start, if a bit streaky at times. However, Sibton were always in the game and tried to strangle the run rate and get through the overs quickly. However, lots more 'sweaty' shots, quite a bit of luck and hitting the ball to fielders but making a comfortable run proved to be the downfall. Beckenham's opener, and 2nd XI leading run scorer Matt Grice made 120. In the 48th over Beckenham passed the total and won the game.
    Very disappointing for the 2s who are now in a spot of bother with the Mote winning this week. Lots of lessons to take from this, particularly fielding ones!!!

    Lordswood await both teams next week with the 1s at home and 2s away.

Cricket Week

Posted by Tim Smith, Wednesday, 7th August 2013 @ 12:12am

  • The end of another fantastic cricket week, and lets hope the run of form follows through to the weekend.
    The greatest of thanks to all involved, but particularly Mr Kirk & helpers for the ground, AA for organising, along with all the ladies for lunches, teas, meals in the evenings, and Mr & Mrs Fox, our Chairman, for being there every day, talking to people, doing the bar, clearing up, setting up etc etc.
    Thanks to you all.

    Mondays game V Huscarls was a cracker, after much drinking before the game (some had 7 or 8 beers!!) After a brief shower delaying the start by 30 minutes the sun came out and it was hot. Batting first in a 40 over game, Sibton made 174 - a low total but some good bowling by the 'carls made scoring difficult. John Osborne and Mike James got runs late on. In reply Huscarls lost an early wicket but scored fluently with some fine shots. However wickets did fall eventually with Owen Smith picking up 2, John Osborne 1 and Mikey James started pulling the game back Sibton's way with 3. With 3 overs to go Huscarls were 8 wickets down wanting 7 to win - Unfortunately they nudged their way to victory in the second to last over, but a good effort in the end. 
    A fantastic curry was the meal for the evening, welcome by all and much drinking. 
    Tuesday soon came around after a few camped, and others cleared the outfield of stomach contents following a yard of ale!!!!
    The overseas game (another 40 over affair) saw Sibton amass a large total of 247, again in the sunshine. Martin Wren made a fine 91, ably assisted by Ben Allon, John Osborne and Mikey James with some clean hitting at the end.
    In reply, the overseas team got off to a flyer thanks to Summit Solanki who scored a good 30. A couple of wickets brought it back in balance but Folkestone's Himmy Waingankar took the game away as the Overseas team reached their total in just 30 overs. Sibton bowled well enough but the batting was just a bit better.
    A cracking barbecue followed, by Mr & Mrs Fox, enjoyed by all. Unfortunately the entertainment in the form of Collis King & Hartley Alleyne weren't there but it was very nice to see the talent of Kent's captain and England spinner James Tredwell and his son, Jacob, who seemed to take an instant liking to Boatel (That's Jacob not Treddy!!)  Treddy has kindly donated some special shirts for our raffles over the next few days - so a big thank you to a very nice man.
    Wednesday saw our precious VP's, life members and guests for lunch. (Prepared once again by Mr & Mrs Fox - a big thank you to them both)
    The Forty Club today, plus a couple of guests, were asked to field first. Mark Towse provided the back bone to the innings with 50 in 42 overs, joined by some clean hitting by Ben Allon also for 50. With a smallish total Sibton seemed to struggle but a late flurry (and some good cricket shots) by Josh Woodward who finished unbeaten on 34 got the Sibton total to 197 for 6 in 49 overs. Steve Brown picked up two wickets for The Forty Club and a sharp (!!!!) run out from Darren Wood assisted the wicket tally.
    However, in reply, the Sibton bowlers were batted as veteran Liam Tegg scored a magnificent 115, assisted by Stuart Faulkner with 47 soon had The Forty club passed the total for 3 wickets even though they would have got only 35 overs, with 4 overs to spare. Ben Allon was the pick of the Sibton bowlers with 2 wickets and the other Sibton bowlers, after giving it large, were destroyed.
    A fine fare of sausage & mash followed the game. When the food had gone down, outdoor games of water balloon toss and rounders were the call of the day.
    Day 4 and after much merriment from the previous evening including a fine effort by AA, Selsdon were the visitors. Batting first in a declaration game Selsdon hit a big 245 for 7 in 43 overs. The pick of the bowlers were Miles Clayton and Trevor Lewis who both got 2 wickets and our guest of the day staying at the lovely HPB, David Keen who also got 2 wickets. A fine 72 from Selsdon's Lenny Miller set the tone earlier.
    A good total, however, the Sibton batsmen were up to task as Summit Solanki destroyed the Selsdon openers with a fantastic 43 and fellow opener Denis Cullum a well played 52. This just left Harry Wren and Steven Rowe to carry on the run making with Rowe making a fine 53 and Harold finishing the game with 72, to bring the win for Sibton in the 32nd over. A great game, and a good innings by Harold indeed.
    Bingo followed in the evening with the great Sibton tent sleepover, and Bishy providing the drunken entertainment for the night.
    Early next morning all the campers were treated to Mr & Mrs Tidy's Breakfast in the pavilion, a fine fare indeed.
    After a few early showers, the pinnacle of the cricket in cricket week was a 11.30 start V MCC.
    Batting first MCC made a decent total of 284 for 5 in 64 overs. A fine 103 not out by Bickley Parks Ben Leale-Green and 74 from Tenterden's Chris Vernon was the backbone of MCC's score. Jamie Keeler picked up 4 wickets, thanks to great catching by his team mate, including one outstanding catch by one George Leadbetter in a one off appearance.
    In reply Sibton got off to a start with George Leadbetter getting 32 and Tim Bishop 45. Ben Allon made 48 to push the score on and Steve Hickmott 34 lower down the order. Runs were being scored but wickets were also falling, Josh Woodward continued his run of form with 28 at 9. However it was Jamie Keeler and Steven Rowe, batting at 11, that got Sibton over the line in the 56th over as Keeler made 62 and Rowe 15, as the 284 total was passed. A great game indeed and a fitting end to the week. Thanks to MCC for the game and MCC match manager Steve Salisbury.
    That's it for another 2 years - we hope everyone enjoyed it and once again thanks to all who helped, and who attended.

Weekend 3rd August

Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 4th August 2013 @ 1:51pm

  • Better news, for some, this week.
    In a must win game against a struggling Whitstable side, at Sibton,  the 1s did just that and won!
    Batting first Sibton lost AA in 3 balls, and got off to a poor start. However lots of starts and mini contributions finally got a score on the board. Tim Bishop reached 28, Jamie Keeler 32, Steve Hickmott 30, Steven Rowe 20 and skipper Simon Knight top scored with 38 - making a slightly below PAR 196, but good runs on the board.
    In reply Whitstable also got off to a bad start at 19 for 2 as Mikey James picked up both wickets. Similar to Sibton a few Whitstable players got starts, and if it wasn't for a brilliant run out by Tim Bishop Ben Purcell was looking like he would have made a match winning innings. Only Max Campbell provided some stability with a decent 70 as his team mates around him fell apart and he himself was eventually, ahem, run out !
    Starting defeat in the face Whitstable's Aussie Nick Bill s went for it and nearly came off as he smashed two large 6's off Ryan Currie before being well caught by Steven Rowe, dismissed for 26. As Currie picked up the last wicket the game was over and Sibton won as Whitstable fell 27 runs short. Mikey James got 3 wickets, Boat got 2 and Jake Benfield & Craig Buckham 1 each.
    A good win, that takes the 1s out of the relegation zone but at least another 1 or 2 wins and/or as many bonus points as possible are required if they want to keep out of the zone.
    Beckenham away next week await.

    Meanwhile the 2s had the pleasure of Catford Cyphers away.
    Losing the toss Sibton were asked to field.
    Some good accurate bowling from Bradley Wake-Smith soon pegged Catford back as he picked up 2 wickets. Tim Smith and Gareth Meers also picked up early wickets as Catford were going at 4.5 an over but were 76 for 4. Unfortunately too many four balls bowled kept letting Catford off the hook.
    At 35 overs Sibton were restraining Catford, however Catfords Kasun Vitahmage chopped, cut and carved his way to 50 then 100 after several chances/half chances and other potential dead in the water dismissals weren't given. After some confusion with slow over rates and the rule book being thrown out of the window, Catford finished on a hefty 250 for 9. Bradley Wake-Smith and Tim Smith picking up 3 wickets each, Gareth Meers picked up the other wicket and there were two run outs.
    In reply, there wasn't much of a reply except that Sibton were skittled out for a paltry 103 as Gareth Meers top scored with 18, Terry Dunham 14, Ryan Meers 16 (two fine fours and a massive flat 6) and left Adam Lamberton playing for his average on 16 not out. Veteran Paul Woodward unfortunately pulled a hamstring and had to retire hurt on 1.
    A very disappointing result - the positives were the youngsters performance bowling and fielding, and special mention to Eliot Tyler who ran around all day in the field and enjoyed himself running down the pitch first ball to whack it for 2, scoring 9 in all. Also a mention to Sumit Solanki who fielded very well indeed, attacking the ball.
    So not great for the 2s who are now bottom but certainly not out of it. A couple of wins would be good, starting next week against top of the table Beckenham!

Weekend 27th July

Posted by Tim Smith, Monday, 29th July 2013 @ 7:43pm

  • Not great news (and very brief reports as I was away)

    1's got thumped at Bickley Park, after Bickley scored 247 for 6, and Sibton were bowled out for 105. Only Mikey James got 2 wickets with the others shared and Steve Hickmott was the only one who showed battle for 49 with the bat.

    The 2s at home to Gore Court eventually got washed out on a finely balanced game. Gore Court batted first and scored 200 for 5 in their 50 overs. Sibton's reply was 158 for 4 in the 37th over when the rains came and made it incomplete. Adam Lamberton and Martin Wren looked well set on 37 and 30 respectively after Terry Dunham had scored 37 (before playing some ridiculous shot no doubt to get out) and Will Purcell 25.

    So it goes on next week - both sides desperate for a win

Under 13s - 28th July V Hawkinge (h)

Posted by Tim Smith, Monday, 29th July 2013 @ 7:34pm

  • We needed to the win the toss, bat, get a decent score - and win the game to stand a chance of 3rd place in this season Saxon Shore U13 League - which is exactly what we did !

    Our openers didn't fire on this occasion - and it was left to Harry and Alex to bat very sensibly to get us moving towards a decent score. Harry was brutal in dealing with the bad ball - and Alex struck the ball quite beautifully through the offside and both were retirees in the middle overs of the innings. George continued the momentum and timed the ball very well and Barney continued with his Folkestone form to post another well-struck 21. Tristan also got his eye in and we finished on a healthy 142 for 4.

    It was soon pretty clear that our attack was going to be too much for a very young Hawkinge side so Captain Jack shared the bowling around and they finished on 78 for 8 after their 20 overs.

    The wickets were shared around but special mentions should go to Jemimah Greenwood, who bowled with maturity and picked up a couple of wickets in her second over - and to Harry Divers, who was enthusiastic all game and bowled accurately to pick up his first wicket for the U13s. I am sure it won't be his last !

    By Paul Woodward

Under 13s - 24th July V Folkestone (a)

Posted by Tim Smith, Monday, 29th July 2013 @ 7:33pm

  • Jack won the toss and elected to bat on a very dry pitch at " Three Hills " on Wednesday.

    Folkestone had a very young team out - we all know they have been struggling because the cream of their team joined us at the start of the season !

    So the plan was to keep Nick Ward at bay, which Jack and Euan did very successfully until the latter played over the top of a straight one and was out in the 5th over for a well struck 16 with the total on a healthy 43. Jack continued to time and place the ball to all parts and retired for the 5th time in 6 innings and the middle order all chipped in to keep up the momentum and we finished on a healthy 145 for 6 after 20 overs. Barney had his best knock of the season so far, putting the bad ball away quite nicely for a very good 22 - and poor Alex suffered his second dodgy LBW decision which was much worse than Chris Rodgers' in the Lords Test match !

    Nick was also the danger man with the bat, but Jack and Felicity bowled their opening overs accurately - and then Euen, who bowled with pace ( if a little wayward ! ), forced Nick to get a top edge, when trying to force the scoring, which was caught comfortably by Barney at deep fine leg !

    Barney, George and Euan picked up a wicket a piece in the middle overs - and most of the bowling was accurate enough to prevent a very inexperienced Folkestone side from scoring freely. Although, out of their total of 61 for 7, 41 were extras - and these were not down to Nat who once again kept wicket very tidily, taking one very good caught behind !!

    Felicity bowled the last over, which turned out to be a very special one indeed. 3 wickets in her last 4 balls were just reward for some terrific swing bowling - and Felicity was the pick of the bowlers by some margin. Very well done indeed !!

    By Paul Woodward

Weekend 20th July

Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 21st July 2013 @ 5:20pm

  • Well...
    Both sides played Hartley, in a difficult week of, let's say, limited availability of players !!!
    At home the 1s were asked to bat. The highlights consisted of Ben Allon's 36 and 24 extras in Sibton's poor total of 113 in 30.3 poor overs.
    In reply Hartley teed it up and quickly passed the total inside 15 overs for no wickets.  (That said, the scorebook does tell a story but it did need pcitures/video with it!)

    Away, well not much better I'm afraid. A good start with 79 for the first wicket. Unfortunately it was downhill from there as the 2s slumped to 135 all out in the 40th over. Terry Dunham top scored with 42 and Will Fabbro 25.
    Unfortunately with next to no bowling, Hartley did pass the total but not till the 40th over but again without loss of a wicket. A fine effort by the 2s in the circumstances and thanks must go to those who stood up to be counted especially the youngsters (and their parents) and occasional players - thank you.

    1 point out of 40 is not good !!!  I hope we don't have another week like the one just gone for everyone's sake.
    Much work to be done to get both sides out of the drop zone.

    Next week the 2s are at home to Gore Court and the 1s away to Bickley Park.

Weekend 13th July

Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 14th July 2013 @ 5:29pm

  • A brief report in a poor weekend including a heavy loss on Friday evening in the Godden cup.
    Away at Bromley, the 1s were immediately in trouble sitting at 14 for 4. However, thanks to some good batting from Jake Benfield 53 and Ben Allon 40, and a flurry from the tail (Rowey 20, Mike James 12 not out) Sibton got themselves to 174 in the 46th over.
    However in reply in form Wayne Morgan punished the bowlers with a quick fire 54 and all too soon it was all over in the 30th over. Bromley lost 4 wickets but never really looked in trouble. For a change Mikey didn't get any wickets, Bucks picked up 2 and Rowey & Tugboat 1 a piece.

    Meanwhile at home, visitors Linden Park decided to have a bat. As the Sibton bowlers and fielders toiled in the field, Linden Park made a PAR 219 on a decent batting pitch if a bit low. Too many misfield, poor fielding and drop catches gave Linden Park 40-50 runs too many (Bearing in mind the guy that got 36 was dropped first ball!!!)
    That said it was better towards the end, and wickets were taken.
    However the batting reply was very poor on a pitch that you shouldn't be getting out on. 
    It soon became apparent the total wasn't likely to be got when wicket after wicket tumbled even after people had got in.
    Harry Wren provided some refreshing shot making with a nice 40 and Adam Lamberton batting lower down this week was comfortable making 41. However a questionable LBW then catch appeal went against Lamberton and an LBW 3 foot outside the crease and shaping to leg ended the Sibton tail holding up proceedings. The 2s finished on a paltry 145 in the 46th over.
    People need to learn to just bat and bat and bat and bat...... and not have to hit a four every ball.

    Still some good things to come out of, particularly the youngsters.

    Sterner tests next week as both teams take on stiff opposition in Hartley, 1s at home and 2s away.

Under 15s at Home to Nonington 9th July

Posted by Tim Smith, Wednesday, 10th July 2013 @ 10:34pm

  • The weather was perfect for our Saxon Shore League match with Nonington at The Park.  Unfortunately Sibton were 3 bowlers short of their normal attack and this proved to be their undoing.
     Sibton started with a bang despite Harry Wren chipping one to square leg early on.  The score rattled on to 48 off 6 overs but wickets then began to fall regularly.  Miles Clayton held things together well until he was fourth out for 30 with the score on 95.  Dougie Wood, Ben Brenchley and Seth Rice played a few good shots which got the total up to a respectable 120 for 9 at the end of 20 overs but how we could have done with another 15 runs!
     When they batted Nonington survived a couple of dropped chances and their openers gradually began to impose themselves, adding 97 for the first wicket.  The innings never got away from us, which was a good effort in the circumstances, but we did not really put the batsmen under enough pressure to win the game.  Nonington passed our total with 10 balls to spare and 8 wickets remaining.

     This was a good effort against the odds.  The fielding lacked composure at times which is something we need to work on.  We now cannot win the league outright but, if the results fall in our favour, we may still end up joint top.  So we need to win our last league game against Hythe on 23/7.

    By Simon Gush

Weekend 13th July

Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 7th July 2013 @ 6:49pm

  • Halfway through, and up and downs for both teams.

    The 1s at home against Bexley, lost the toss and Bexley had a bat. At 12 for 2 thinks were looking hopefully as Steven Rowe and Mikey James picked up a wicket each. However inform George Wells had other ideas and along with overseas Medhi Abbas applied the pressure, as Abbas scored a 31 ball 50 before being getting out to Craig Buckham. Steven Rowe bowled well enough and picked up 5 wickets for 51 runs off 15 overs, and becomes the second person this year to get on the board. The other wickets were shared with Mikey James picking up 2 and Ben Allon 2 as Bexley fell a little short than they should have at 219 in the 53rd over, giving Sibton 2 extra overs.
    In reply Sibton started well enough but unfortunately Tim Bishop went early again for 12. In form with the bat Andy Allon made good progress, along with Jake Benfield, before getting out for 42 and Benfield for 12. Still well in the game the Sibton batters tried but when Steve Hickmott fell for 34 it was time to shut up shop. However, Bexley are a decent bowling outfit and as only Martin Wren got into the 20s it was looking tight as people threw their wickets away unnecessarily. In the second to last ball of the game Sibton succumbed by gifting Bexley 20 points, and being all out for 166, well short in the end.
    A bit disappointing by the 1s but still lots to play for, as the win/loss format starts next week away at Bromley. That said an excellent first half of the season.

    Meanwhile the 2s were at St Lawrence. Losing the toss Sibton were asked to field first on a hot, sunny day. A poor start by Sibton saw the St Lawrence batters race off at 6 an over. However, Jamie Keeler picked up two wickets with his pacey outswing. At 20 overs St Lawrence were looking like getting a large total, however after Reynolds was caught and bowled by Ryan Currie for 49 and a bit later the same again to James Fowle for 80, it became apparent tehre wasn't much to come. Jamie Keeler returned after tight bowling from skipper Trevor Lewis, Tim Wren and Ryan Currie, to pull the game back and mopped up taking 7 for 51 off 13 overs, as St Lawrence got a mediocre 204 being bowled out in the 48 th over, giving Sibton 2 overs. Ryan Currie finished with 3 for 48.
    In reply Sibton were on the charge as Terry Dunham flew out of the start blocks quickly getting 60 after opening partner Will Fabbro fell early. Dunham was caught eventually but the game was looking going Sibton's way at 80 of 12 overs. As Jamie Keeler continued with big shots and singles when he was dismissed for a fine 85 the game was all but done. It just left Adam Lamberton to maturely knock off the remainder of runs, with Harold Wren (after hitting two boundaries) to bring the game to a conclusion in 31 overs, at 208. A fine win and much needed win, but unfortunately other strange results in a league where everyone seems to be beating everyone still leaves the 2s second from bottom but well within touch of 3rd.
    Linden Park visit Sibton next week.
    A decent enough first half with some results frustratingly not going the 2s way, and availability issues too not helping. Lets hope for the continued winning ways.

    In the week this week, Sibton attempt again at their 20/20 game away V Westgate on Tuesday and also the Godden Cup final on Friday at Folkestone's Three Hills Ground.

Godden Cup Final

Posted by Tim Smith, Wednesday, 3rd July 2013 @ 10:38am

  • The Godden cup final is postponed this Friday (5th July) and will now be re scheduled on the 12th July 2013 - 6.00pm start

U13s V Ashford 30th June

Posted by Tim Smith, Monday, 1st July 2013 @ 11:05pm

  • The expression " after the Lords Show " can best describe a very disappointing batting display at Ashford's Stacians Park ground on Sunday. After batting so well and sensibly against Nonington the previous week, the opposite was on show this week, with a number of poor shots selected and some pretty crazy running between the wickets. Even Jack, who score 25 out of our paltry total of 48 all out ( the next best score was 3 !! ) cannot be excused a slog off the last ball of the opening ( and best by far ) bowler's spell, when a defensive shot would surely have meant a retirement in the next few balls, with a possible opportunity to come in and play a few attacking shots at the death ! Just a reminder that the game is not just about going out there to bat bowl and field - you have to think about it too !!

    In the reply, Ashford were never in any trouble, although the boys tried hard and they went on to win by 9 wickets, with 9 overs to spare, with Harry taking the only wicket with an impressive couple of overs.

    So it was a baptism of fire for the 2 youngsters from the U11s - Joseph Parry and Harry Divers, who by no means looked out of place and to their credit, both scored runs. Thanks for playing guys and I hope our performance has not put you off U13 cricket !!

    There is a week's break before our next match at home to Elham on 14th July.

    By Paul Woodward

Weekend 29th June

Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 30th June 2013 @ 5:13pm

  • Nearly at the half way point and another important week for both teams.
    Away at Blackheath Sibton were asked to field first.
    With a pretty useful Blackheath line up including Kent's Daniel Bell-Drummond, Calum Haggett and Australian squad member Aidan Blizzard along with the normal suspects, it was a pretty daunting task.
    Blackheath quickly raced to 57 for the loss of the first wicket of Blackheath skipper Willets. Daniel Bell-Drummond continued to punish, it was 108 before the next wickets fell. As Bell-Drummond got his fifty, it made it easy for the other batsman to work round him and score more freely. Steven Rowe eventually picked up MCC's Dipyan Paul for 45, and with a few mid order batsman chipping in with 20/30s, Blackheath made a decent 241 for 8. Of course Bell-Drummond played and looked class for 97,  falling three short of his 100. The pick of the Sibton bowlers was once again Mikey James with 3 for 54 off 12 overs. Part time but usefull seam of Ben Allon picked up two late wickets also.
    In reply, well to be honest there wasn't much of one. Andy Allon once again proved he's in form with 40 but no one else could hang on with him as Calum Haggett ran amok taking 5 for 7 off just 10 overs. Only Tim Bishop,13, Ben Allon, 14, and Mikey James 19, got in to double figures as Sibton were skittled for 106 in 39 overs.
    Disappointing for the 1s but must move on quickly to Bexley next week at the halfway point.

    Meanwhile at home the 2s also suffered bitter disappointment.
    Following a 1 minutes silence in respect of Hayes legend Andrew Jackson, Sibton were asked to bat first.
    With probably the best line up on paper (but games aren't won on paper!), Sibton got off to a poor start finding themselves at 36 for 4 following some very poor shots. Father and son team Harry and Tim Wren provided some battle with 10 and 12 respectively, and it was the return of Steve Hobbs (and a welcome one too) with 47 that got the 2s out of a bit of a hole. With Tim Smith chipping in with 15, Sibton got to a respectable and defendable 162.
    In reply skipper Trevor Lewis struck early. Some, at time, erratic bowling, gave Hayes a get out with ones and twos but nothing major and at 20 overs Hayes only had 42 on the board. However, Hayes' Martin Pratt batted well enough for 54 and ably assisted by his team, and some missed catches & half chances, some four balls, Hayes got to the finish line at a canter passing 162 in the 47th over.
    A good effort but lacking in the bowling and fielding department this week - in fact the fielding wasn't as good as previous weeks. The batters need to be more patient and occupy the crease.
    At the halfway point Sibton see themselves away at a tricky St Lawrence - a positive result would be helpful.

    Three games in the week this week. Monday a home friendly V Freebooter, Wednesday an away 20/20 cup game at Westgate-On-Sea and Friday the local cup competition, The Godden Cup final at Folkestone CC (6.00pm start)

U13s V Nonington 23rd June

Posted by Tim Smith, Wednesday, 26th June 2013 @ 10:54pm

  • A tremendous all round performance against arch-rivals Nonington on Sunday has boosted the Park's chances of winning the Saxon Shore League this year.

    Nonington elected to bat first on a cold damp morning, but they we unable to force the pace because of the accuracy of the bowling, the keenness in the field and some astute field placings.
    In fact the first boundary was not scored until the 13th over and the opposition were restricted to 96 for 6 off their 20 overs. The wickets were shared around: Barney bowled straight and picked up a plumb LBW; Finlay took his first wicket with a fine delivery and Jack bowled 2 in 2 balls, but it was the accuracy of Felicity ( and how she didn't take a wicket, I just don't know ! ) and Harry that set the standard. Euan bowled with pace and it was clear that their batsmen didn't " fancy it ", when he pitched short - all part of the game as far as I am concerned !

    The team talk at the interval concentrated on batting sensibly to chase down this total. Euan and Alex got off to their usual fast start, but it wasn't to be their day as they were both out to attacking shots and we were suddenly 21 for 2, when Harry joined Jack at the crease. The next 7 overs saw the best batting of the season so far as these two manoeuvred the ball around the field with ease, picking up singles with terrific placement and good calling and running between the wickets. They also did not miss the opportunity to put away the bad ball and both retired - Jack with the last ball of the game - and Sibton won easily by 6 wickets and five and a half overs to spare !

    It was a true team performance - Nat fielded particularly well at short fine leg as did Max at deep square leg, with some tricky football skills on display ! Tristan was responsible for a very good run out with a good pick up and throw over the top of the stumps and Alex kept tidily on his debut behind the wicket.

    And so onto the next match - away to Ashford this coming Sunday. We are on a roll - let's keep it going !!

    By Paul Woodward

U15's V Ashford

Posted by Tim Smith, Wednesday, 26th June 2013 @ 1:12pm

  • Under 15s away at Ashford Town 25/6/13. Result won by 43 runs.

    The Under 15s continued their recent good form at Ashford on a sunny, still, June evening.

     Sibton batted first and Miles Clayton missed out for once, soon finding mid-wicket with a pull shot. At the other end Harry Wren was playing himself in nicely and went on to make an impressive 38, before falling to a tremendous caught and bowled. He was well supported by Henry Roberts and Ben Brenchley who made 29 not out. The pitch was dry and dusty which suited Ashford’s spinners. They kept our batsmen in check with some tight bowling but the total of 106 for 4 off 20 overs was a touch disappointing. With more aggressive running in the last 5 overs we could and should have made 120.

     Rufus Cottrell opened the bowling for Sibton and struck twice in his first over. With Miles also taking a wicket with his fourth ball at the other end Ashford were already looking down the barrel of a defeat at 7 for 3.  Sibton kept up the pressure well. Jack Woodward weighed in with a good spell of 2 for 7 and the other wickets were shared out between Owen Smith (2 for 13), Harry Wren, Henry Roberts and Isaac Bergin (1 wicket each). Ashford were never really in the hunt and ended up 63 all out off 19.3 overs.

     This was a very good effort by Sibton in the field. Henry Roberts skippered imaginatively in Josh’s absence, using the full range of his bowling attack to good effect.  Special mention goes to Harry Wren who took no less than 5 catches at short extra, some of them quite easy, one of them particularly sharp and low. Our keeper, Ben Brenchley, also took a fine one-handed catch and a stumping.

     Well done to all the players! Our league campaign continues next Tuesday with an away game at Hythe.

    By Simon Gush

Weekend 22nd June

Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 23rd June 2013 @ 4:59pm

  • A good weekend all round.
    The 1s at home faced a tough Sevenoaks team. With a windy, murky and wet start the game was reduced to 35 overs and commenced at 2.15.
    An excellent start saw Bish and AA get off to a flyer but unfortunately Bish couldn't build on his platform and fell for 34, with the score on 75. Unfortunately wickets then tumbled quickly as 75 for 1 slipped to 96 for 5 but not before AA produced another fine 50 before being stumped. However skipper Simon Knight and Martin Wren held up proceedings, as Steven Rowe came and went for 5, to push the score to 140 at the end of the 35 overs, with the skipper 17 not out and Wrenny cracking an nice 22. A bit below PAR score than Sibton would have liked, but an competitive total none the less.
    So it proved as the game swayed Sibton's way at 47 for 3. However stalwart John Bowden and Ollie Howick held things up and the game swayed back to Sevenoaks as they were back in the driving seat. A flurry of wickets then saw the score at 108 for 7 as Jake Benfield and Mikey James picked vital wickets up. Soon a run out from poor calling and one wicket was required with 7 needed from the last over. As the number 11 slip drove the ball for 4, only 3 were required from 3 balls. Cometh the hour and Jakey Benfield nicked off Tom Parsons and it was all over, a fantastic win for the 1s. Wickets were shared but the pick were Jakey Benfield 3 for 20, Mikey James 3 for 43 and Steven Rowe 2 for 28.
    Next week 4th plays 5th as the boys travel to Blackheath.

    Meanwhile starting off in the rain, the 2s traveled to a dry Mote Park. 
    Losing the toss skipper Trevor Lewis was asked to bat on a green looking pitch. However thanks to some wayward opening bowling, the Sibton openers got a start. However a couple of risky shots and both openers were going with the score on 30. Playing his first game back from uni, Will Fabbro looked competent and with Adam Lamberton moved the score on nicely putting on a 100 partnership with the unlucky Fabbro falling 2 short of his 50 with an impressive knock, the score at 131 with plenty of overs to go. Shortly after Lamberton got his well deserved 50 with some nice attacking shots, but wickets began to unnecessarily tumble. As Lamberton went for 68, it left Ryan Currie and Harold Wren to push the score on. Both easily got in to the 20's but were shortly dismissed, as the tail collapsed and what should have been a 240/250 score became 223 all out in the last over, leaving Tim Smith stranded on 4 red.
    With runs to play with Sibton set about their task. However the first wicket didn't fall for a while as one or two four balls an over were bowled along with a lot of playing and missing, and a dropped chance behind the wicket. Tugboat Currie picked up the first wicket in his first few overs by frustrating the batsman. Then a very dull period of play resumed as Boat continued to bowl very well along with Trevor Lewis who only went for 21 off 10 tight overs. The Mote batsman got in to their 20s/30s/40s but were slow and along with some excellent tight fielding by Sibton the run rate increased.  As only 3 more wickets fell, The Mote looked stranded on 126 with 6 overs to go. Some late excitement and large hitting from The Mote's Richard Gentry livened things up, and after Gentry was dropped, The Mote finished on 195 for 4. (which begs the question as to why nothing like this happened earlier) All the bowlers bowled well enough, just need to cut the four ball. Outstanding fielding by all but Harry Wren, Josh Woodward and Will Fabbro were superb at their tender young ages. Summit Solanki was also very good this week, taking a comfortable catch.
    A good performance by the 2s and a winning draw. Doesn't exactly zoom them up the league but it is all very tight with 7 points between 3rd and 9th.
    A toughie against Hayes at home lies in wait for the 2s next week.

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