Whoa, a pretty full weekend.
Saturday both 1's & 2's played The Mote.
1st XI at home, lost the toss and were put in to bat on a damp pitch. With Andy Allon delayed from a Spain visit, new opening partnership of Steve Hickmott & Kiwi Jack Harper opened up. After a reasonable start Hickmott went for 27 shortly followed by Harper for 5 and swiftly followed by Sibton's recent run machine Ben Allon. Jamie Keeler provided some stability, as the late Andy Allon batting at 5 also fell for 3 bowled by Kenny George. Keeler later fell for 33 as Sibton found it difficult to score, and were struggling on 95 for 5. However the Sibton batting is good all the way down (ALL the way down to 11) as captain Steven Rowe and Simon Knight put together a good partnership with Rowe making some lusty blows, and got the run rate moving before Knight went for 25 and Rowe for 29, as the others then went quickly trying to push on with the score. Sibton were all out at the end of the 49th over with a fairly low total of 142, but it was a total that is defendable if they bowled & fielded well.
Then so it came to prove, as The Mote struggled & spluttered at 27 for 3, as Sam Newman quickly picked up 2 wickets and Steven Rowe 1 wicket.
The dangerous Tom Harvey hung around, but unfortunately regular wickets fell at the other end as Simon Knight pegged The Mote back with an excellent spell of 3 for 14 off 6 overs and Tim smith helped with 1 for 5 of 4 overs. It was then left for Newman to return and pick up 2 more wickets, including Harvey for 45, to finish with his second 5 wicket hall of the season and The Mote were skittled out in the 34th over for 88.
(It saw the return of ex Sibtonian Joey Fowler who had a bit of a miserable day misfielding a couple then getting dismantled by Newman for 6!!)
Another good win for the 1st XI, who entertain co leaders St Lawrence next Saturday.
However the 2nd XI at The Mote and the reverse result.
Batting first on a good pitch The Mote made a decent 179 for 7 in their 50 overs, with some misfields & dropped catches not helping the cause. Sean Carey & Dan Lodge picked up 2 a piece with skipper Trevor Lewis & Gareth Meers 1 wicket each.
In reply Sibton looked ok as Dan Lodge made a good 59 but got out at a critical stage, and Nick Graham made 41. However the other batters weren't up to it and got out far too easily as only Martin Wren made further double figures of 15 as Sibton were bowled out for 166, a game in which they should have won if a few more batters had hung around.
The 2's need to pick themselves up and get some results together. They too face St Lawrence next weekend, away.
Well then....on to Sunday. The game against Canterbury had to be canceled due to the re arranged National Village Knockout V Upchurch, which had to have a result this weekend. A much discussed bowl out had been muttered about the previous day too. The forecast looked good now for the day as the weathermen had changed their minds from earlier in the week and even from Saturday.
Upchurch made a fair 148 from their 40 overs mainly thanks to a steady knock of 45 from Michael Hales Senior, and some lusty blows lower down. AA picked up 4 wickets and Tugboat picked up 3 wickets. A highlight that mustn't go unmentioned is some fantastic fielding from Under 13 Harry 'Harold' Wren and then an absolutely outstanding catch at mid wicket that any 1st XI player would have been proud of - good work.
At tea the heavens opened, and after some tooing and froing (and some saw dust to try & dry up the surface water (Bom bom!!!) the umpires and captains agreed on the bowl out!! Quite exciting really as all 11 players bowl 1 ball.
As both teams practiced prior to the bowl out (with little success apart from a certain quality left armer who hit one stump in his 2 practice goes) Upchurch went first. Well as each team took it in turns to bowl, Sibton had one on the 7th ball as Upchurch hit the stumps only once and Sibton 6 times (Hits from AA, Harry Wren, Steve Hickmott, Tim Smith, Gareth Meers and Ben Allon to finish it up - Who missed hmmm, only Steven Rowe)
It has to be said, it's a weird experience and is quite nervy and something that none of us had ever experienced before in our cricket playing years (young or old)
Anyway Sibton go through to the regional finals to be played next week (17th June) at Sibton. The opponents are yet to come through but it's one from Linton Park or Bidborough