Wow, the first time this year playing an actual game on grass - it was good to finally get out there.
The 1st XI entertained Sandwich at home.
Winning the toss Sibton decided to field first (well you would!) A terrific start as Newman and Rowe kept things very tight, Newman dismissing hot Kent prospect Sam Northeast for 1 and shortly after the dangerous Snell.
Bowling and fielding really well the Sibton boys kept it tight and only the experience of Stuart Smith, who dug in excellently for Sandwich, ground out a vital 42 and some hard hitting towards the end by Fagg saw Sandwich reach 146 for 9 after 50 overs. Newman deservedly picked up his first 5 for the season, bowling impressively. Overseas SAFA Ashley Cook picked up one as well as Allon, Rowe and Smith. The other bowlers supported well enough but did bowl one of two four balls an over, which will tighten up when more games have been played. The fielding looked impressive, with JK taking a fantastic catch, unfortunately off a no ball!!
In reply openers Hickmott and Allon started well enough, before Allon spooned one up and was caught. The Sandwich bowlers bowled true and straight, and made scoring difficult. As the Sibton order got bobbed down a little, wickets regularly tumbled as lots of guys got starts but couldn't see it through, as Simon Knight was run out and Ben Allon was out on a 7th ball of the over, despite there being no wide or no ball. Sibton slumped to 126 all out in 47.2 overs with Hickmott getting 21, Keeler 24, Knight 17 and Rowe 17. Alan Amos of Sandwich was economical as ever with 1 for 23 off 15 and Northeast picking up 4 wickets.
Disappointing start, but there is a long way to go.
Meanwhile the 2's travel led to Beckenham, fielding first Gareth Meers ripped the Beckenham batters apart taking 5 wickets, and Ryan Currie taking 3 as Beckenham were skittled for 66.
In reply Tom Payne and Adam Lamberton quickly knocked off the runs, only losing one wicket of Dave Stewart.
An excellent start and victory.
Sundays Development game was unfortunately called off due to lack of Senior players.