So another week, and another chance unfortunately passed.
In overcast weather the visitors asked Sibton to bat.
Bish once again lokked in nick but was nicked off for 15 shortly followed by AA for 7.
Bej & Payno hung around for 31 and 26 respectively but couldn't build on their good work and also were dismissed.
Hickers held his end up and once again got to a good 50 but was removed by Pearson, shortly followed by Simon Knight for 24.
Now looking like Sibton weren't going to make 200, an excellent knock by skipper Hobo 41 and a late blast for 27 from Rowey frustrated the Vine bowlers as they looked in slight anguish as Sibton accumalated perhaps more than they should have. The Vine's Pearson finished with 5 wickets, as Sibton completed their first 55 overs, batting wise, for a decent 255 for 9.
In reply the dangerous John Bowden helped himself to some friendly bowling from the Pavillion end as The Vine raced away to a good start. As one opener was removed chasing a wide one, Rowey toiled at the other end severely hampered by a back problem. 3 or 4 decent chances were unusually put down and the Vine were up with the run rate with some ease. Sam Newman bowled an excellent spell dismissing the dangerous Griffin and even more dangerous Bowden for a good 76.
Another quick wicket to the spin of AA and Sibton were right back in it, now starting to restrict the Vine batting more. However, an excellent knock from Shales who eventually went for 40 and Lorne Burns kept the Vine in touch. A few more half chances passed, ones perhaps would have been taken in 2010, saw Burns 55 & Howick 32 see the Vine home at the end of the 54th over.
A valliant effort by Sibton, as they are in improving, the batting was much better, however too many loose four balls, some missed chances, some easier than others, and a unusually ordinary performance in the field made it easier for The Vine to accomplish their task. The noticeable difference even from Division 1 to Premier is that so far all teams bat right down rather than to number 6, 7 or 8, the accuracy of the bowling of the opposition giving little, and the more severe punishment of any loose ball by the opposition batters.
More pleasing though was that some points were accumalated on the way.
Next week the Sibton will be looking for another improved all round performance.
Meanwhile Sibton 2's are having a real yo-yo time of it currently getting crushed by The Vine at Sevenoaks.
AThe Sibton bowlers toiled to restrict the Vine to 233 for 6 from 50, with young Frankie Gush bowling a good, quick opening spell.
Unfortunately in reply the Sibton batters weren't with it this week as they were skittled for a paltry 146 in 40 overs.
Meanwhile the Bej's EKL truck keeps rolling on as an away visit to Rainham saw the boys amass a large 278 for 7 in 40 overs, with 40's from Bish & Miersy, in form Bej 53 and that man Hickmott 48 not out at the end.
In reply Rainham were dismissed for 147 with good bowling figures from young Rhino Meers 2 fer, Graham Bingham 2 fer, Bej 2 fer & the pick, Jeddy Gore 3 fer.
EKL leading wicket taker Hickers mopped up!!!
In the revised development game V Sandwich (unfortunately the game against Bishopsbourne couldn't go ahead due to their availability - we've all been there!!)
The Development X1 finally got their season under way yesterday against a strong Sandwich side which had been bolstered by the cancellation of their EKL game earlier in the day.
Skipper Oz won the toss and elected to bat, which should have played to the strength of this side, but the early losses of Dennis, Cammy and Dave Palmer meant that batting the full 40 overs would be an achievement in itself.
When Oz, Harry Noble and Chris Bambridge all fell for single figure scores, it was left to Josh to steer the side to a half decent score, which he did with the help of a useful cameo from Nigel Arnold, who struck the ball cleanly in his 21.
Josh batted very maturely against a fine Sandwich attack, who rarely bowled a bad ball -- and his 32 n.o helped the Park reach 103 all out after 37 overs.
With a young and in-experienced opening attack in operation, there was a feeling that this match could be over very early indeed, especially when Kevin Beaumont took a liking to some early half-trackers. But Oz managed to get Michael to pitch the ball up a bit -- and at the other end, Bradley, who has developed a wonderfully economical action, started to cause some very experienced batsmen, some serious problems and was quite rightly rewarded with the first 2 wickets to fall.
The scoreboard continued to tick over nicely though for the visitors, but the brakes were put firmly on when Oz brought on Dave Palmer and Josh, for what turned out to be a couple of excellent spells of bowling. Josh was expensive in his first over, but he wheeled away for 8 overs, taking 1 for 29, which could have been a lot better if catches had gone to hand.
Dave P bowled just short of a length and frustrated the Sandwich batsmen and finished with excellent figures of 3 for 12 off 8 overs. In this part of the innings, the fielding was superb and the batsmen suddenly found it very difficult to get the ball away. The pressure was being applied and it was a shame that we hadn't scored another 25-30 runs, because although they eventually passed our score with a few overs to spare, for the loss of 6 wickets, this was a closer match than the score represents.
So a pleasing start, with a number of excellent performances from the youngsters. A special mention for Jacob, who after being run-out ( you must back - up Orange ! ), without facing a ball, kept wicket very tidily indeed.
(Devpt report By Paul Woodward)
Thursday sees the next round of the Godden cup as Sibton are visitors to the strong Folkestone Ferrets.