Weekend 26th/27th May

Both teams faced Hythe this week.
The 1st XI were at home, and entertained an under strength Hythe team.
Batting first Sibton lost Steve Hickmott in the first over for 0, adjudged LBW. This was quickly followed by Andy Allon for 21, both falling to Trevor Squire.
Kiwi Jack Harper and young pup Jamie Keeler then took the game away from Hythe going at 4, then 5, then 6 an over before Harper went skying a full toss for 64. Ben Allon then came in and took over from Harper, as Ben and Jamie piled on the runs. Keeler eventually fell for a fine and overdue 74.
Ben Allon eventually was run out for 96 by keeper Jon Smith as he demolished the stumps, taking a cheeky single, after an excellent innings with some mature hitting and outstanding running between the wickets - it was a good team innings.
Sibton finished on a large 285 off their 50 overs for 7 wickets, with Trev Squire picking up 3.
After another superb tea, the Hythe innings got off to the worst start as they quickly found themselves on 33 for 4 after Sam Newman ripped out bats 2 & 3, Steve Rowe the other opener, and Andy Allon picked up the fourth.
However a patient and watchful innings by Leon Morgan and John Smith, stopped the rot as they gained runs whenever they could but were behind on the run rate. Unfortunately straight after drinks Smith fell for 40, and Trevor Squire immediately after adjudged LBW. Sibton could smell the victory but got a little scratchy with the situation as Andy Maurice held up his end. Despite Maurice eventually falling to Rowe for 31, and another quick wicket, Hythe held out in the end to finish on 187 for 8, with Morgan ending on 75 not out.
Andy Allon finished with 3 for 56 off 15 and Rowe 3 for 49 off 13, Sam Newman didn't add to his tally, finishing with 2 for 28 off 15.
A good effort by Sibton and a winning draw for 13 points. A fine batting display by the guys and as ever steady bowling & fielding.

Meanwhile the 2nd XI were at Hythe.
A poor batting display left Sibton with a low 131 all out with only Tom Payne looking in form with 60.
However the strong Sibton bowling saw them destroy Hythe's batters as they disintegrated for 69. Ryan Currie picking up 5 wickets with his mystic spinning, that not even he knows what is coming out. Another excellent by the boys.

No game on Sunday.

Next week another local derby (aren't they all this season) Folkestone for the 1's away and Gore Court for the 2's at home.

Sibton Park Cricket Club

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