A tricky Saturday for 1s and 2s, facing decent Tenterden sides.
The 1s were away at Tenterden, the wicket looked good and the out field excellent given the recent wet & rain.
Losing the toss Sibton were asked to bowl. A good start again saw the back of opener Chris Vernon and the extremely dangerous Ben Price who started off looking very comfortable, as captain Steven Rowe picked both up. Price fell to an excellent catch, swirling in the wind, by Dan Lodge. Sam Newman then quickly followed up removing Tyler Griffin, thanks to an outstanding one handed catch by Rowe at slip.
However, remaining opener Crawford and number 5, Timir Chanda, started to cement a good partnership, as they built an excellent base for a good score.
Crawford passed his 50 with some good shots & clean hitting before being stranded by his partner for 60, run out by that man Rowe.
Chanda continued the fight and just as it looked like Sibton were getting on top, he moved the scoring on with the aid of Ben Daking, who also whacked a few to the fence. Chanda eventually fell to the return of Newman, as Ali Neale made a quick fire 26 before being run out, and at the end of the 50 overs, with Daking 32 not out, Tenterden finished with a tidy 210 for 7, which was a good score, but maybe 20 or 30 light - depending on how Tenterden bowled and how the wicket played second up.
So in reply Sibton got off to a good start amassing 57 for the first wicket in 11 overs, as Steve Hickmott went for 8. Andy Allon was very determined and with Kiwi Jack Harper knocked the ball around and hit it over the top when the time was right. Allon got his 50 before being run out for 52 attempting a second run (the mind was willing but the legs wouldn't work!!) Spin would be the key here and Ali Neale bowled well as Harper got started but was caught for 15, Jamie Keeler for 22 and Ben Allon bowled for 11. The game swung slightly back in Tenterdens favour with regular wickets falling, but Sibton were still just about up with the run rate. A slight order change saw skipper Rowe to the wicket, and some lusty blows along with some good running with partner Dan Lodge saw Sibton needing just 6 in the 48th over, as Rowe eventually fell going for glory for a decent 37. It was left to Steve Hobbs and Dan Lodge to knock the last few runs off as Sibton romped home in the 49th over. It was an excellent win, with a good performance from Lodgey for his 25 steering Sibton home. Tenterden bowled well enough and the pitch was very good, and in the past Sibton may well have collapsed, but that was then - this is now.
Next week it's half way, with Broadstairs visiting Sibton.
Meanwhile the 2s attempted to boost their league position. A fine bowling performance saw Shaun Carey, 3 wickets, and Gareth Meers, 2 wickets, rip out the top order as skipper Trevor Lewis, 3 wickets, and youngster Dan Cadd, 2 wickets, picked off the middle and low order. Tenterden were all out for a low 129 in the 50th over.
As has been proven previously though a good bowling performance, with the help of bad batting, and a low total can be tricky to get. The Sibton batting, like Tenterden's, didn't get going as the game swayed one way, then the other - a few runs scored, then a couple of wickets - at 110 for 7 Sibton looked home and dry with plenty of overs to go. However, in the 35th over, Sibton were all out for 122, 8 runs short. A bit of a nasty taste in the mouth this!
Unfortunately another under performance with the bat. Never mind, next week, it starts again and I'm sure all will be working hard at training to rectify.
Sunday - Well unfortunately due to the awful weather the game was called off.
Next Sunday the story continues in the NVK versus Rowledge (Surrey league)