A wet start to Saturday morning and a half hour delayed start to let the outfield dry up a bit, on an excellent looking Mote pitch & ground - probably the best Sibton have played on all season so far.
In a kind of a battle at the bottom to not lose touch, without Rowey this week due to a calf problem, time for the other bowlers to step up, and an anticipated toss win to bowl on a damp one, was lost as Sibton batted first.
Bish went early in the 3rd over, meanwhile AA was enjoying himself, teeing off slightly, but scoring quickly, was dropped at slip. Meanwhile wickets tumbled the other end as people got themselves in and quickly got themselves out. Meanwhile AA passed 50 and in a difficult passage of play trying to stop the wickets tumbling, Sibton were also not scoring. AA finally wnet for 71, but Hickers took over for a well played 45, ably assisted by SK and skipper Hobo playing nicely at the end, as Sibton batted all their overs and finished on 223 - which to be fair was probably 40 runs under PAR on a good pitch.
In reply The Mote got off to a good start with both openers looking comfortable, Tom Harvey in particular, going at 4 an over without trying.
As the ball got older, and in the humid air, it started to swing. Newman struck first with a good catch by Payno, then AA came on & replaced him, and also got in the action with two quick wickets including Harvey who had been restricted and bogged down slightly. Some tight bowling from the other old fellah at the other end, and a wicket with a 'pffffftttttttttt' celebration, soon had The Mote struggling for runs.
AA continued to take wickets, and Newman came back to pick up two more as he finished with 3. The Mote still only needed 8 an over with 12 overs to spare, and had two competent batters in, but AA then tidied up and finished with 6 fer as The Mote were dismissed for 169 in the 47th over.
This was a fine victory indeed, and was celebrated in style with a very heavy night out in Maidstone (for Hicker's Stag do)
A good effort without our leading wicket taker, certainly should spur Sibton on, leaving just two wins (in theory if no one got any points) between second from bottom and top.
Half way next week, and Sibton entertain a tough Lordswood side who are having a good season so far.
Meanwhile the 2's got a good whacking from The Mote.
A poor batting display saw Sibton limp to 133 in the 50th over. Table toppers Mote, whisked past their target in 39overs for the loss of 4 wickets.
Disaapointing for the boys but they still sit 4th in the table, so much to do.
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