Posted by Tim Smith, Friday, 21st June 2013 @ 12:10pm
The Under 15s took on local rivals Elham on a sultry evening at The Park, needing a win to build their momentum in the Saxon Shore League.
Sibton batted first. The openers, Harry Wren and Miles Clayton, played sensible cricket, waiting for the bad ball, gradually growing in authority and increasing the run rate. By the time they both retired with unbeaten 50s the score was well past 100 at 6 per over. A good spell of bowling from the Elham spinner, who took 4 wickets in quick succession, then slowed the progress of the innings and Sibton finished on 134 for 4 off their 20 overs. This was a good effort but with a bit more composure and fewer attempts to hoick the spinner to the leg side we could have made another 10-15 runs.
Elham’s reply started sedately, their openers kept quiet by some tight bowling from Seth Rice and Jack Woodward. A couple of catches went down and the game fizzled out. Elham never looked likely to reach their target and finished on 95 for 4 after their 20 overs. Miles distinguished himself (yet again!), this time with the ball, taking 3 for 12 in his spell – his season goes from strength to strength.
This was a solid performance by the Under 15s. Harry and Miles deserve a good pat on the back for their partnership – it was a pleasure to watch. There is still room for improvement in our catching and middle order batting. We look forward to the next game away at Ashford next Tuesday.
Posted by Tim Smith, Monday, 17th June 2013 @ 2:16pm
The Under 15s had some cricket weather (at last!) for their home league game against Hawkinge at The Park on Friday evening 14th June.
Sibton batted first and the opening partnership saw the score well past 50. Miles Clayton, who batted beautifully, eventually retired 50 not out. Henry Roberts was less fluent to begin with but showed good determination and started playing well in the latter stages of his innings of 34. Unfortunately the batsmen who followed could not capitalize on our good start and the innings closed on 113 for 7 off 20 overs. Less hitting in the air and more concentration are required in the middle order!
If Sibton’s batting was a bit disappointing the bowling and fielding more than made up for it.
Seth Rice struck early and four other bowlers (Miles, Jack Woodward, Josh Woodgate-White and Rufus Cottrell) chipped in with wickets. The best performance came from Rufus who bowled with accuracy and hostility, finishing with 3 for 5 off 3 overs. Sibton’s fielding was generally good, with a couple of good catches and some attacking ground fielding. Hawkinge were never really in the hunt and ended up 66 all out off 18.3 overs.
Rufus and Miles (again!) were the stars of this particular show but Marcus Fisher’s 2 catches behind the stumps are also worthy of mention. We hope for more of the same at home to Elham this Wednesday evening.
Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 16th June 2013 @ 7:24pm
On a blustery and cold Saturday both teams met Lordswood in their respective leagues.
Away at Lordswood the 1s won the toss and decided to bat. With two of Lordswood's seam bowlers missing in Amjhad Khan and Adeel Hussain, the mood was chipper.
However, it wasn't long before Sibton were in trouble as Daniel Masters quickly removed Tim Bishop and Jamie Keeler, leaving the score on 20. Andy Allon was putting up the fight, and he and Jakey Benfield battled on before the next wicket fell on 101, of Benfield for another good and toiled 37 - this guy is really looking good. Unfortunately that's were it ends as wicket after wicket tumbled for 10's as only Andy Allon managed to get a score of 65 before he was also dismissed. A fine solo effort by AA. It was all over prematurely as Sibton slumped to 155 all out in 46 overs.
In reply Lordswood knocked the runs off at a canter in the 40th over only losing Fabian Cowdrey to AA for 28. Lordswood new acquisition Zac Elkin looked handy despite playing and missing a fair bit early on.
Looks like some good hard netting/training needs to be done and get back on track ASAP.
Meanwhile at home the 2s had a tricky task also.
Losing the toss Sibton were asked to bat. The old head of Kevin Masters held the Sibton batters back as scoring was slow, several got starts but didn't go on to make a score. Terry Dunham 21 (that's his score and certainly not his age!) Will Purcell 15 and Adam Lamberton 29 all looked to push on. Lamberton started slowly but looked competent and was pushing the score along nicely towards the end with Harry Wren who himself played maturely for 22. With 6 overs to go Sibton were just on 106. The rejuvenated Tim Wren and nudgingness of Tim Smith, along with some excellent running pushed the Sibton score at 50 overs to 161. Wren finished on 30 and Smith on 20, both not out, with Wren being outscored for a while!! A good effort from two old people.
After tea (expertly produced by Mrs Tidy- again!!!) Sibton started well enough with what the pros call a' loosener' got nicked behind first ball from young Tim Smith.
Lordswood settled down and batted well and milked the bowling. However after driving one straight to the hands of Tim Wren and being run out Lordswood's Roberts was cursing himself. After some tight bowling by Wren and Ryan T Boat, a bit of pressure, and Lordswoods wickets began to fall with an excellent run out by Currie deliberately flicking the ball on to the stumps after it being driven back at him and an LBW.
Lordswood were still on track and Sibton basically needed to take wickets. A few half chances missed and a couple of soft chances and it was starting to look tricky. The game turned when Ben Allon then ran out Adamson for 74 after a decent knock and Tim Smith in his second spell then started mop up. Only Prince held the proceedings up after he battled for 18, but in the 40th over Sibton sealed the win, as Smith finished with 5 for 34 from 11.4 overs and Currie 2 for 55 and 3 run outs. A good and much needed win for the 2s.
Games and even seasons can turn on chances and fine margins, so lots of work needs doing in the batting department, fielding & catching to ensure the 2s can be the best they can be, but in all it was a good effort and the the future is bright.
Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 9th June 2013 @ 4:45pm
On a blustery, freezing cold and spitting rain Sunday morning the U11's took on a good strong Folkestone side.
Sibton batted first, and openers Louis Smith & Henry McCully got the team off to a steady start. The runs did come but this was mainly due to quite a few extras. This was accompanied buy a few wickets too. Good lively running by the last pair of Joseph Parry and Harry Divers got the Sibton total to 279 for the loss of 7 wickets.
A quick warm in the nice new Folkestone facility (Hot chocolate £2.20!!! WOW) and the Sibton team were back out and ready to bowl.
Some excellent skippering and excellent early bowling by Jack Divers & Piers Tatterton kept the early runs down, along with tight fielding.
The extras were kept down to a minimum with a good display of accurate pace bowling by Tristan Parmenter, Jermimah Greenwood, Henry McCully and Harry Divers made scoring very difficult. Again the field placing by skipper Joseph Parry was very good for this age and at the end despite a good crack, Folkestone finished 10 runs short on 269. Good knocks by district players Harry Staffod and Noah White for Folkestone are worth a mention too.
An excellent first win for the Sibton U11s - you can really see that all that coaching (I think the kids call it "boring stuff") has really paid off - bowling runs ups in particular noted as a vast improvement which in turn helps the bowling accuracy. Still need to work on runs, judging runs and running.
Well done to all.
Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 9th June 2013 @ 4:24pm
Big games for both 1s and 2s this week.
At home the 1s entertained Beckenham. Losing the toss skipper Knight was asked to field first which he wasn't too unhappy about.
As usual openers Rowe and James kept it tight with two early wickets (inc Kent's Alex Blake), one a piece, as Beckenham were 15 for 2.
However Beckenham captain Chris Isles and Jason Bilimora dug in and pressed the accelerator pedal as the next wicket didn't fall till 100, of Billimora for 44. Isles then continued with Johan Malcolm, and after passing 50, Isles was dismissed for 67. The Sibton bowlers toiled a little as Beckenham continued their push and finished with a decent 218 in the 54th over. Mikey James, Steven Rowe and Craig Buckham the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 48, 3 for 46 and 3 for 62 respectively.
In reply Sibton got off to their usual sticky start as Andy Allon went for 5. With the tight bowling of Ex New Zealand test player Brent Arnel, wickets consistently tumbled and only Tim Bishop, Jamie Keeler and Steve Hickmott made the 20s before getting out. It was a quick finish in the end as Sibton were scuttled for 137 in 46 overs, way short of looking like passing the total.
A tricky side Beckenham, and so they proved.
Meanwhile away at Beckenham 10 man Sibton, including two Kent league debutant's Sumit Solanki and 14 year old Owen Smith (first senior cricket game) were asked to field having lost the toss.
An excellent fielding and bowling display led by openers Tim Smith 2 for 25 off 13 overs and Trevor Lewis 1 for 21 over 12 overs, paved the way for the magic spin of Ryan Currie 2 for 39 off 13 and the guile of Tim Wren 5 for 44 off 14.5 overs, along with some good fielding by all and good catching (no drops!!), skittled Beckenham for 134 which they were very disappointed with.
However Sibton slightly light on batting got off to a good enough start as Terry Dunham cracked away Beckenham pace opener Ashley Ford.
However when Dunham went for 45 the Sibton wickets started to fall. Adam Lamberton bolstered the innings and stopped the rot for a while with Tim Wren, however Lamberton went for 23, leaving just 3 batsmen to come. As Wren himself was adjudged LBW, it left debutant Owen Smith facing a first team Beckenham bowler, bowling fairly quick and hostile. Young Smith frustrated the life out of him, along with the fact that the guy couldn't bowl it at the stumps he just left the ball like a pro, and in the meantime cracking a nice cover shot for two off the captain. As skipper Trevor Lewis came out to bat, Sibton still need 27 to win. A few fine cracks by the skipper and further frustration, Sibton managed to get within 8 of the total.
Unfortunately young Smith's resistance was broken in the 39th over as Sibton finished on 128.
Another player maybe stops 10 runs in the field and/or scores 10 with the bat and that's a win - a game frustratingly Sibton had no right to win in terms of the way they batted but got so close!
This now leaves the 2s at the foot of the table, but there were many good things to take from it by all who tried and performed their best.
Next week both sides face a difficult Lordswood team - the 1s away, of which Lordswood allegedly have the best bowling attack in the Prem but their results show under achievement and the 2s, now looking up, entertain a good Lordswood team at home.
Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 9th June 2013 @ 3:46pm
It was not the best morning to be playing away at St Margaret's, on top of the cliff, and when Jack lost the toss and we were inserted on a very uneven-looking wicket, half of the team were glad for the sanctuary of the changing room, to get away from a bitingly- cold wind.
Euan Sahadow, now minus his plaster- cast and making his debut for the Park, was quickly into his stride. He struck the ball venomously to all parts, with one enormous pull-shot for 6 which sailed over the adjacent tennis courts and disappeared for a good part of the innings !
Euan soon retired on 33, but the momentum of the innings was maintained with Jack joining Alex in another unbroken partnership, with both players putting the bad ball away beautifully and running well between the wickets. The shot of the morning was undoubtedly a back-foot drive from Alex, through the covers for 4.
So with our first 3 batsmen back in the hutch, retired, it was important for the middle order to keep the momentum going. Harry and Barney didn't disappoint and they helped us to a very satisfactory 153 for 3 off our 20 overs.
Jack and Euen opened the bowling and bowled with pace - and the bowling and fielding generally, were too good for a young St Margaret's side. The wickets were shared around, with the highlight undoubtedly being 2 in 2 balls for Max - and he wasn't far out with his hat-trick ball either ! Tristan bowled well on his debut and George and Harry were their usual accurate selves.
The innings finished on 67 for 9 - an easy victory for the Park boys who are improving all of the time. Special mentions for Nat who kept well on a very difficult pitch - and for Finlay and James who hardly put a foot wrong in the field, when hands were like blocks of ice.
Posted by Tim Smith, Wednesday, 5th June 2013 @ 12:24pm
After a wet and frustrating month of May the Under 15s at last began their Saxon Shore League campaign away at Folkestone on Tuesday evening 4th June. These are two well-matched team who had a competitive cup game a month ago. This was another close one.
Folkestone began slowly against some accurate Sibton bowling – Miles Clayton was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2 for 7 off 4 overs of well controlled spin. In the middle of the innings Folkestone accelerated against some wayward Sibton bowling and finished on a respectable 113 for 6 off their 20 overs.
Sibton began their innings brightly with Harry Wren (15), Josh Woodgate-White (13) and Miles Clayton (27) looking likely but we lost wickets at crucial times. Despite some fine blows by Seth Rice (17 not out) towards the end we came up just short, finishing on 106 for 7 in our 20 overs.
This was a competitive game even if the result went against us. Miles Clayton deserves a special mention for a fine performance with bat and ball. The lack of match practice showed in our bowling. We need to smarten this up before our next fixture at home to Hawkinge on Friday 14th June.
Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 2nd June 2013 @ 4:56pm
As summer clearly arrived, for about an hour before it turned cold and spitted, interesting 1s & 2s games on Saturday.
Away at a tough Whitstable side, the 1s lost the toss and were asked to field first.
Being a small ground and renowned for their fiery starts, Whitstable got off to a fiery start!
At 6.3 overs Whitstable were on 51 before the first wicket fell of Liam Tegg for 20. Shortly after that Jakey Benfield struck and so wickets continued to regularly tumble as Max Campbell made 28. Byron Gould and James Medhurst put up a fight but Benfield struck again to remove Gould for 16 , and a silly run out saw Lewis go for 18, before Medhurst was bowled himself for 21by Mike James. Some tight middle order bowling by Andy Allon and Craig Buckham tied the batsman down and put pressure on, and it wasn't long for Whitstable were all out for a small 153 in the 45th over. Jake Benfield bowled excellently picking up his first and well deserved 5 fer for the season, and Mikey James always consistent with 4 for 28 from 14 overs.
An excellent effort by all in the field, particularly good work from Marrrrrtiiiinnn Wren.
An excellent tea, and in reply Sibton got off to a sticky start losing overseas Tim Bishop for 2 after skying a Sean French short ball. After further short bowling from Whitstable's overseas Nick Bills, who recently played in the Aussie big bash, and some words, Andy Allon had got started on 18 before he was dismissed by French.
Further short bowling pursued and Jamie Keeler also went for 17 as Sibton were struggling at 38 for 3. However, cometh the hour, Ben Allon and Jake Benfield got stuck in and dug in, to ease the score along and calm everything down, as the loose balls got put away nicely. In the 29th over needing four for his 50 and scores tied Benfiled was caught for 44 going for it - an excellent and classy innings indeed. It just left Ben Allon who by now had got his 50, to hit the winning runs and it was game over in the 31st over.
It was a good display by Sibton over coming tough opposition and 20 welcomed points. It leaves the 1s sitting in position 2 of the Premier league, but there's a long way to go and with word of a few other sides bolstering their teams with further stars, tough times are ahead.
Meanwhile at home the 2s faced top of the table Catford Cyphers. With a bit of a make shift side due to unavailability Sibton batted first. Ryan Currie opened the innings and got Sibton off to a fine start, ably assisted by Ian Betts who then fell LBW for 14. As Currie proceeded to build his innings unfortunately other batsmen got starts but didn't carry on and when Currie was bowled for 44, the rest of the wickets quickly fell as Sibton ended on a reasonable (ish) 141, finding scoring difficult.
In reply Catford got off to a racing start, however at 34 for 2, it was game on again. Unfortunately Catford then eased to the total losing 3 other wickets mainly thanks to 71 by Howard Chambers. The pick of the Sibton bowlers was; hang on, no it can't be, it is, it really is - Tim Wren with 4 for 44 from 13 overs. Welcome back.
A shame for the defeat but the 2s battled. Need to get some availability going and consistency in the team and play.
Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 26th May 2013 @ 8:31pm
A great win for the 1s this week against Bickley Park, with both sides looking for the win.
Steven Rowe bowled exceptionally well taking 3 for 13 from 11 overs, with Mikey James taking 3 for 29 after a sticky start.
Bickley struggled batting first to 129 after being 59 for 6, mainly thanks to Phil Browning 23 and Barry Hooper who batted very well for 30.
In reply Sibton also were in trouble as Bickley overseas Dan Magin bowled an excellent spell and was very quick. However Jake Benfield soaked up lots of pressure for 22 after Tim Bishop got a start for 19. As wickets continued to tumble it was left to Steve Hickmott to dig in and see it through, and with stand in skipper Steven Rowe saw Sibton go past the totals in the 45 over. Hickmott finished with 38 and Rowe 22.
An excellent win, although too many four balls were served early on.
Meanwhile the 2s had a testing trip to Gore Court. Batting first Gore Court made 152 for 8. Gareth Meers, 2 for 36, Ryan Meers 2 for 22 and skipper Trevor Lewis, 3 for 35, the pick of the bowlers. Keeper Terry Dunham took 4 catches and got a stumping.
In reply Dunham went nuts and scored 50 very quickly as the score was on 59. A flurry of wickets and Sibton were struggling. However, Ryan Currie steadied the ship and assisted Dunham, as Dunham continued to bully the bowlers before getting out on 97. The score tied Tugboat was bowled for 28, leaving Gareth Meers to hit the winning single.
A deserved and needed win for the 2s.
Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 19th May 2013 @ 3:11pm
Quite an emotional weekend really.
As the 1st XI travelled to Champions Hartley, a daunting task faced.
However, the Sibton bowlers are well up to the task and saw Hartley seeming to struggle at 115 for 5 from 29 overs, with only Dan Stickells, 61, with a score. However as we know teams bat all the way down in the Prem and a fine knock from James Thompson ably assisted but others saw Hartley get to a reasonable but gettable 214 from their 55 overs, Thompson 79.
In reply the Sibton batters started well enough but regular wickets soon saw Sibton reeling at 73 for 5 with the wiley Andy Tutt picking up the wickets. From then on it was going to be difficult but still do-able. Captain Simon Knight put up the resistance with a good 57, but when he went and keeper John Osborne went for 23, a win was now looking unlikely. In the final over, and on the last ball, 9 wickets down, a run out occurred and Sibton were all out for 171 handing the win to Hartley. Tutt finished with a fine 6 for 25 off 14.5 overs.
A good effort by the boys who show they are more than capable to compete at this level and with 21 points at this stage is a good base on which to build.
Meanwhile at home, the 2s took on a good Hartley side.
Put in to bat, and a slow start and despite losing to early wickets, Sibton started to make headway thanks to Adam Lamberton and Will Purcell. However a couple of rash shots and things changed as both fell within an over of each other for 35 and 30 respectively.
From then on the batters struggled against some tight Hartley bowling, and hard to get the ball away as Sibton slumped to an under PAR 122 all out, with only Ian Betts making 13 and some old codger 11 not out.
However as it has proven, bowling tight at Sibton early season can make it very difficult to score without hitting in the air, and a good start saw Hartley worried at 33 for 2. The game in the balance, another wicket at 71 for 3 and it was interesting. However, Hartley opener Lewis Hickford batted well and got his 50 and nearly saw Hartley home before being bowled straight after drinks break. Another quick wicket form Gareth Meers, and a nervous run out saw 6 wickets down. However some lusty blows saw Hartley with 3 runs to get and the total was soon passed. A couple of held half chance catches, a run out and maybe 30 more runs, everyone 100% fit and it was game on perhaps.
Injured and in pain form, saw Tim Smith take 4 for 43 off 15 overs - ow ow ow ow!
A good bowling and fielding performance by the Sibton young guns, and much to be pleased about and to build on.
Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 12th May 2013 @ 5:40pm
What a cracking start to the season, apart from the weather which was cloudy, blustery and cold.
A new look/line up Bromley team, with an overseas not 4 hours off the plane, were inserted on a green looking pitch.
Straight away bowling strike partners Steven Rowe and Mikey James had Bromley in trouble, as Bromley were in trouble at 35 for 6. Bromley new recruit Chris Walker held things together and dug in for a good 49 and later on Nicky Bluet with 32, but wickets continued to tumble when Walker was out as Bromley finally relented and were bowled out for 163. Steven Rowe picked up 4 wickets for 24 runs off 11.34 overs, Mike James 3 for 37, 1 wicket for Jake Benfield and 2 wickets for Craig Buckham.
A good all round performance in the field but again highlights the difference in the other divisions to Premier in that at Prem from 35 for 6 sides still get a score whereas in the lower Divisions a team would perhaps be 50 all out.
In reply, on a fast drying and now white looking pitch, the Sibton batters looked steady but Bromleys overseas Wayne Morgan bowled well and removed AA and soon after Tim Bishop as a wobble was on at 17 for 2. Dan Reed at the other end also bowled well but without any luck. As Steve Hickmott went for 17 the score was at 48 for 3 with 15 overs gone. After a brief shower, Jamie Keeler struck a good 44 to take the score to 103 for 4 in the 31st over. However Jamie was ably assisted by Ben Allon who played very well and along side Jake Benfield steered Sibton home in the 42nd over finishing on 58 not out and Jake with 23 not out.
A truly momentous victory and very pleasing. What a great start.
Meanwhile the 2's had a tricky trip to Linden Park. A good start for the boys saw Linden Park get to 130 off 43 overs. Fine bowling from youngster Ryan Meers (these names keep cropping up!) had been limiting the Linden batsmen. However, the rain interceded and the game had to be abandoned, unfortunately - so 8 points each.
Tougher tests next week as the 1s travel to champions Hartley and the 2s, also, entertain Hartley freshly down from the Premier 2nd XI - Watch this space, I bet no one gave us a chance against Bromley!
Posted by Tim Smith, Thursday, 9th May 2013 @ 2:54pm
The Under 15s had their first match of the 2013 season – a cup game against Folkestone – at the Park on Wednesday 8th May. The weather was breezy and cool and the pitch had been freshened up by some rain in the morning.
Given these conditions it was no surprise that batting proved difficult. Seth Rice bowled one of the Folkestone openers with the first ball of the season (a beauty!) and this set the tone. Sibton’s bowlers kept the pressure on with Jack Woodward, Miles Clayton and Rufus Cottrell performing particularly well. Folkestone never got going and when Josh Woodgate-White ran their top scorer out with a brilliant direct hit from square with the wicket the writing was on the wall. They subsided to 56 all out after 15.2 of their 20 overs.
The Sibton innings was a similar story. Some fine shots were played early on, notably by Miles Clayton and Harry Wren, but the only batsman to make it to double figures was Ben Brenchley who stuck around well and made 19. Wickets fell regularly to a lively and accurate Folkestone attack but Sibton were always favourites to win. They duly did so at the end of the 15th over with 7 wickets down.
This was a good win against a competitive side. The bowling and fielding was very impressive for the first match of the season. Congratulations to all involved. The Saxon Shore League starts next Tuesday with a home game against Hawkinge. Let’s keep up the good work!
Posted by Tim Smith, Tuesday, 7th May 2013 @ 10:55pm
An under-strength U13s ( only 9 players ) put up a sterling performance against a capable Nonington side on Sunday.
Sibton sensibly inserted the opposition after winning the toss and with hostility at one end ( Jack ) and guile at the other ( Felicity ), the Nonington openers were severely tested in the opening overs. But it took the unerring accuracy of George Ansell to make in roads into the opposition batting line up and his 3 superb overs, produced figures of 3 for 14. The other wicket takers were Jack, Harry, Barney and Max.
However, we did suffer from an early season lack of consistency in our bowling - there were 62 extras in all - with 31 wides and 10 no balls - out of a final total of 131 for 8, there are definite lessons to be learnt there somewhere !
We made a very unfortunate start to our own innings, with Barney being so unlucky to play on first ball, which brought Jack to the crease a little earlier than he expected ! His first ball was a full toss, which he dispatched to the cover boundary and that set the tone for a little gem of an innings, with shots all around the wicket - a drive off the back-foot through the covers was particularly memorable, which brought him an early retirement on 31.
Alex batted sensibly at the top of the order and was very harshly given out LBW, when the ball hit him on the backside ! - and Harry showed a lot of maturity by rotating the strike with Jack and at this stage we were well up with the run rate.
However, some tighter bowling and good fielding in the second half of the innings made it difficult for our batsmen and despite some stout defence and sensible batting form Felicity and Max in particular, we weren't quite able to keep up with the required run rate and we finished 20 runs short of our target.
All of the players did exceedingly well in the circumstances - and a special mention should go to Nat who kept wicket very tidily.
Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 5th May 2013 @ 5:51pm
Actually, it should read 4th May only as the Sunday game V Hythe had to be called off due to lack of players (Sibton players) - poor form this early in the season!
Saturdays games saw both 1s and 2s play Folkestone
The 1s at Folkestone restricted Folkestone to meager 175. AA took 2, Boat took 3 and the rest were shared including two run outs. Jon Smith top scored for the Stone with a handy 90.
However it was in vain in the end as Sibton got over the line with 2 overs to spare, mainly thanks to Tim Bishop, 82, and the mid order which is pretty useful these days of Rowey 34 and Simon Knight 20, both not out to steer home.
That's exactly what the boys need in a tough Premier a league, a solid bowling & fielding display (but can be improved) and batting all the way down to 11 to win games.
Meanwhile at Sibton, a weakened 2s took on a young, strong looking Folkestone 2's. After a rain delayed start a 25 over a side match commenced. An absolute abysmal bowling & fielding display followed as Folkestone bashed it everywhere. 121 for Nathan Smith and 46 for his opening partner left Folkestone in good stead as they amassed 216 in 25 overs for the loss of 4 wickets.
After an exquisite tea (Thanks Mrs Tidy - you can do it again!) Sibton got off to a solid enough start but a few quick wickets and Sibton were struggling. The middle order held up and Sibton finished on 93 after their 25 overs, for 7 wickets.
Some old bald guy finished on 32 not out - just thought I'd mention it!
Next week the league starts. The 1s will look to improve and continue their form at home against Bromley, whilst the 2s need a much improved performance (with hopefully a full & fit squad to select from) as they travel to a tough Linden Park.
Posted by Tim Smith, Friday, 3rd May 2013 @ 8:56pm
Well, the ladies have got off to a cracking start to the season in Divison 2. Having played 2, they've won 2 - first game convincingly, second game not quite so but still a win.
Olivia 'Barbs' Baber's batting has been impressive with 160 runs so far this season, but others have chipped in. Lucy Arman & Georgina White's bowling has been on form and Philly Skelton-Hook's all round play has aided, but all the girls have contributed - sum of the parts and all that.
Keep going girls and lets see what happens by the end of the season.
Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 28th April 2013 @ 10:05pm
Mixed emotions this week.
Saturday saw an away game at Willesborough, in a low scoring game - but that will be a feature early season until the pitches harden up a bit.
Struggling Sibton batted first and lost their senior players cheaply for not many. However, new signing Sumit Solanki hit a well struck 20 at the end and another very promising youngster, 14 year old Miles Clayton, hit a fine 35 in his first senior game. The last wicket partnership put on 50 between Miles, and ably assisted by that man Elliot Tyler.
In reply the Sibton boys managed to bowl out Willesborough for 105, with again the young guns doing the damage. Ryan Meers took 4 wickets as did Elliot Tyler, and new signing Sumit Solanki took the other 2.
Dan Cadd bowled well but was unlucky and didn't pick up any wickets.
This is exciting stuff as the youngsters are starting to shine through - but lets not get too excited as stiffer tests in the form of the league games are to come.
Meanwhile Sunday saw, pretty much the Sibton 1st XI visit East Grinstead in the first round of the ECB Natinional Knockout competition.
Unfortunately it was always going to be a struggle as Sibton quickly found themselves at 40 for 6 batting first. Sibton were bowled out for 97, thanks to Steve Hickmott who Sibton out of a bit of trouble with 38.
In reply, East Grinstead cruised to their target in 22 overs losing 2 wickets to another new signing Mike James who bowled very well.
Lesson learnt here - it's going to be a tough season, and the Sibton boys need to knuckle down and dig in, in order to survive this Premier league season.
Next week sees another pre league game, with the 1's away to Folkestone and the 2's at home to Folkestone.
Posted by Tim Smith, Sunday, 21st April 2013 @ 11:31pm
Let's start by a big thanks to Mersham Sports for swapping the game to Mersham following a cold/wet start not allowing Mr Kirk time to prepare - cheers guys.
Mersham batted first and got to a respectable 186 all out.
Our youngsters did the damage, with impressive Jake Benfield taking 3 for 21 off 8 overs on debut and the left arm of Elliot Tyler with 2 for 48 in 7.5 overs. Both guys have been working hard in the winter and so deservedly reap rewards. The other wickets were shared but I suppose I do have to mention a 3 fer for Hickers.
In reply again one youngster shone through - as returning Tim Bishop cracked a fine 51 before retiring, allowing Dennis Cullum to hit 39 also in his first game. However the star was a tender aged 14 year old, Harry Wren, on an unbeaten 74.
187 was scored in just 24.3 overs!!
Some of us need to look out, these young guys are coming through and looking very good - long may it continue.
This is a good start, as the fixtures start to come thick and fast - next Saturday sees a friendly V Willesborough and Sunday the first stiff opposition of East Grinstead (away) in the ECB National Knockout competition.