Weekend 2nd & 3rd June

A mixed bag of results.
The 1st XI were away at Folkestone, which was going to be a tricky game.
Steve Rowe was missing due to a stag do, so his replacement was the capable cube of Ryan Currie.
Winning the toss, stand in skipper Steve Hobbs decided to bat.
A difficult start as Folkestone bowling openers Joe Payne and Himmy Waingankar bowled well on a pitch that popped at times. Himmy quickly removed Steve Hickmott and Andy Allon (only Allon's 5th duck in his KL career), and Jack Harper run out. Sibton appeared to be struggling at a very slow run rate as they were 17 runs off 13 overs for 3 wickets. Ever improving Jamie Keeler got the ball rolling again with Ben Allon as the Folkestone second string weren't as tight as the first and the runs started to come. Keeler was eventually out for a fine 43 whilst Ben picked up his 3rd 50 in as many weeks. As Dan Lodge came & went, Ben was abley supported by Simon Knight. As Knight fell eventually for a good supportive 25, Ben, soon after, hit his first ever KL 100 and what another good patient knock it was again with clean hitting and good running.
Allon was eventually out on 100, as the Sibton innings closed on 213 for 9.
Just goes to show that despite a slow start patience and good batting with wickets in the bag, can get you to a decent score.

In reply the Folkestone reply was a bit stuttery, as some good quick bowling from Sam Newman unsettled and removed Nathan Smith for 12 and Tim Smith got Ex Sibtonian Tom Payne to nibble at one, for 10, caught behind by Steve Hobbs. Himmy Waingakar looked steady for Folkestone as he was joined by captain Josh Bryen. Bryen fell to a good catch by Jamie Keeler off Andy Allon for a quick 18, then Sibton knew that they were now in with an excellent chance of the win. A slow scoring rate, and not pushing for runs didn't help Sibton and soon the wickets started to tumble as Andy Allon picked up 4 wickets for 30, Ryan Currie bowled excellently picking up 2 for 26 and Sam Newman cleaned up with 3 for 51, and it was all over in 36th over as only Waingankar finished 55 not out.
A good effort by Sibton showing they are a capable all round team with and without big players.


Meanwhile at home the 2nd XI entertained Gore Court, in a game that was done and dusted by 4pm.
Batting first Sibton made a paltry 58 all out as only Martin Wren had success with 25. Gore Court bowler Jon Turner finished with astounding figures of 8 for 12 off 13.4 overs.
In reply Gore Court went big from the off and despite losing 4 wickets completed the task in 13.1 overs, Gareth Meers picking up 2 wickets.
Rather disappointing from the boys as they were sitting pretty but now are sat in the middle.


Sunday - both the NVK game V Upchurch and the Development game V Hythe Green were called off due to the bad weather.
The NVK game will now be played next Sunday at Sibton.

Sibton Park Cricket Club

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