Another fun packed weekend.
At week 7, Saturday 16th June, both 1's & 2's faced St Lawrence.
1st XI at home again, in a top of the table clash faced a good St Lawrence side in good form.
Losing the toss St Lawrence decided to bat. Very cquickly St Lawrence were beginning to regret that at captain Steven Rowe ripped through bats 1, 2 & 4, with only Charlie Wakim and St Lawrence skipper Lewis Jenkins playing Rowe cautiously. Meanwhile, unusually, Sam Newman opening the other end, got whacked basically. An early substitute for Newman, saw Tim Smith remove the Jenkins after he was looking dangerous with a nice seaming away ball straight to keeper Steve Hobbs gloves'. A second quick wicket for Smith then saw St Lawence struggling at 56 for 6, after Rowe had removed Wakim for 28. Some resistance from Craig Buckham, 17 and Tom Caruthers, 24, held up proceedings but Andy Allon and cuboid Ryan Currie removed them fairly quickly, for Allon to pick up his second wicket and the return of Rowe saw him collect the final wicket and his fith as St Lawrence were skittled for 110 in the 36th over.
In reply, Sibton took it steady. The early wicket of Steve Hickmott did give st Lawrence a glimmer but Andy Allon took it away from them when he was finally out for 52. One other wicket of Jamie Keeler fell shortly after, but Kiwi Jack Harper and Ben Allon saw it home in the 30th over - All done and finished by 5.30 too (how civilised)
Sibton picked up a big 16 points and move just 4 points clear at the top of the table, after Sandwich won at Broadstairs.
Another tough game next week as the 1's are away at Tenterden who are a decent side and are climbing up the table.
Meanwhile, at St Lawrence, despite a 'scorebox' injury to Dave Stewart who had a large metal box fall on his head whilst scoring, and went to hospital to have stitches, Sibton amassed a decent 231 after being out in the 49th over. Lodgey did the damage with an excellent 96 and ably assisted with 35 from Chim Chimany Adam Lamberton and 40 from Nick 'pickle' Graham.
In reply St Lawrence didn't get near and hung on for a draw on 162, as Dan Cadd picked up 4 wickets bowling very well, skipper Lewis, Dan Lodge and Maaaarrrrrtwyn Wren all a wicket a piece.
A good positive result for the 2's, and lets hope they push on from here. (and Dee Ess with a sore head but he was fine the next day - I think)
Meanwhile Sunday morning the Under 11's took on Nonington, and managed a good win by 6 runs, with contributions all round. The U13s were down at Hythe and scored a mediocre 126 but then destroyed the Hythe batters as they were all out for 44.
On to the big game of the afternoon, the regional final of the National Village Cup.
Linton Park were the welcome visitors.
A good game as Sibton won the toss and opted to bat.
Some good bowling and tight fielding had Sibton reeling a little at 44 for 4 after 20 overs. However Jamie Keeler pegged Linton back a bit with a fine 24 and Martin Wren looked settled but went for 19. Top run scorer of the season so far Ben Allon shortly followed. Steve Hickmott battled his way and made a fine 65 not out ably assisted by Ryan 'Boat' Currie with 19 not out, at the end of the 40 overs, and Sibton scrabbled 165, for 6, togehter. Linton Park bowled and fielded very well with skipper Mark Christmas leading the way.
However, low scores have been a speciallity as the Sibton team know what they should be doing in the field to keep things tight, and so it proved. A good start from skipper Steven Rowe as he removed one opener. Gareth Meers at the other end toiled but got a bit of tap too. Time to bring in the big guns, and Tim Smith pulled it back towards Sibton as he removed the dangerous Thirkell for 26, and an excellent catch from Andy Allon saw him pick up his second wicket of Craig Sands for 8. Tight bowling also from Andy Allon, saw the game move away from Linton Park. Some flourishes from Linton skipper Christmas saw Linton have a glimmer but at the other end Stuart Cheeseman had hung around and been in a while and hadn't kept up with the scoring rate. The tight bowling and the pressure of the low rate forced Linton to hit out and Allon picked up two wickets including Christmas for 17, then with the return of Gareth Meers saw him pick up 3 quick wickets including Cheeseman for 34. It was nearly game over as Linton needed 22 off the last over, they finished on 149.
Sibton win the Group 32 Kent stage of the NVK cup, and now await the next stage in two weeks with an away tie to the Surrey winners.