Week 6 - Hartley

Well a pattern is emerging I'm afraid.
An all important toss, unfortunately lost.
So batting first Sibton didn't have much fun. Only AA with 31 had some success, Bej 21, Bish 12 and the rest were blasted away as a paltry 96 was the result in 31.1 overs. As usual Andrew Tutt got a strangle hold on the Sibton batters with 3 for 24 and James Thompson 4 for 19 off just 8 overs.
However, this cricket can be a funny old game and after a 2pm tea (!!!!) Hartley were in a spot of bother as Rowey struck second ball and then as the rain poured down, Hartley were 44 for 4 as Rowey picked up another 2 quick wickets and Newman 1.
A 2 hour wait in the rain before the game resumed, needing only 53 to win, and as Sibton are finding out now most weeks teams bat a long way down, Dan Stickells and Scott Mckechnie with one eye on the rain, quickly blasted the last runs in a few overs to bring Hartley over the line.
Another heavy defeat I'm afraid. Some serious work for the batters to do and improve ASAP which they are all more than capable of, just need to get back to basics and build build build.
Next week the visitors to Sibton are Bromley.


Meanwhile away at Hartley the 2's experienced a similar feeling batting. After getting stuck in the traffic jam on the M20 for 3 hours, the game started late at 2.30, reduced to 40 overs. Hartley were most gracious & patient waiting.
Stuck in to bat, Miersy got to 61 before being caught. At 108 for 2 Sibton were in a strong position with 10 overs to go. A most bizarre batting display then saw Sibton 120 all out with 6 overs to spare. Young leg spinner Rhys Morgan finished with 6 wickets.
However in recent weeks low scores, the Sibton lads felt confident if they got early wickets. A run out in the the first over by Miersy started it off. Some tight bowling soon left Hartley reeling at 23 for 4. Some further bizarre running whilst hitting the ball straight to fielders resulted in another 3 run outs, some more tight bowling then saw Hartley limp to 100 for 9. At the end of the 37th over Hartly were all out for 108, and the Sibton lads landed another 20 points.
A great result again, but there will be a time when the low scores and not so tight bowling will be a problem, but all the same a good display.


Meanwhile in the EKL, Bej's army marches on as Canterbury were on the end of a massive 292 thanks to Tommy Payne 127, Bish 68, Miersy 41 and Bej 37.
In reply, all Canterbury could muster was 87 as Graham Bingham ripped out the middle, Grovesy tidied up, with Philly, Bej and AK picking up a wicket a piece (and a Bejam run out too).
Good work by the EKL guys, especially well done to Philly and Thomas.

Sibton Park Cricket Club

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