So the power plays, free hit for front foot no balls started.
A damp, overcast start, saw Sibton in the field.
A good opening spell for Newman & Rowe saw Blackheath somewhat restricted as the dangerous George Wells got an under edge to give Newman the first wicket, and the stylish Zobie Shariff unusually quiet. Meersie as first change struck in his first over to dismiss Shariff with his first agressive shot for a few overs. Blackheath wickets started to tumble as the left armed old boy finally seems to have found some form (and the damper pitches currently) removed David Hammond with a gem, Warren Lee 2nd ball and later Aaron Alley, after they had got a start. Meanwhile Meersie got the dangerous Senn and AA picked up a wicket as Blackheath appeared struggling at 88 for 7. However, as discovered many times in this league, teams bat right down and Jahind Ahmed and Dipyan Paul put on 58 for the next wicket as Ahmed made a fine 42. Unfortunately Ahmed was dropped when on 30, and so it might prove costly later on, as Blackheath finished on a respectable but not insurmountable 185 all out.
All of the bowlers bowled well with the wickets shared.
In reply, Sibton got off well enough, but like many times had a flurry of wickets lost at they went from 43 without loss to 47 for 3 then 71 for 6, with the pattern as has happened all season so far repeating.
The two steve's, Hickmott and Rowe, then knuckled down and pushed the Blackheath bowlers as they moved Sibton back in to the frame before Rowe went for 24 leaving Sibton wanting 35 from 5 overs. Unfortunately Meersi failed but Newman stepped up crashing 15 before being caught going for a boundary.
Steve hickmott got yet another 50 as he had built himself yet another good innings & platform.
It came down to the last over requiring 10 from it. Unfortunately after scoring 1 off the first ball, a run out resulted in going for a run off the 2nd ball (well a poorly attempted run) and the game was over as Hickmott finished on a fine 67 not out. Again the Blackheath bowlers shared the wickets, with two run outs.
A good attempt by Sibton, but yet another game that should have been won and wasn't, with small silly things contributing to their downfall.
Bexley away next week in the next adventure, a tough ask but nothing is impossible (or is it imposible is nothing?? Addidas - that must be worth a few quid for mentioning it?)
(Incidentally the first front foot no-ball free hit, ended up in the batter, Chris Willets, being cleaned up)
Meanwhile the 2's had an exciting one at Holmesdale resulting in a tie at 224 runs each, with some alleged controversy but hey that's cricket - deal with it and move on!