Both teams faced Broadstairs this week, 2s away and the 1s at home.
At home, Sibton elected to bat first (and would have probably been asked to bat first too!)
An excellent start, and runs flowing fairly freely, saw the score on 76 before Steve Hickmott was run out for 31. The introduction of Jake Benfield made life a little more difficult, which begged the question as to why he didn't open the bowling, however runs did still run fairly freely as Andy Allon got another Kent League 50 before being bowled for 51. Kiwi Jack Harper and Ben Allon continued where Andy left off putting the ball to parts of the ground at will. Ben got his 4th 50 of the season, and shortly after so did Harper, only to find shortly after Ben being dismissed for 54. Harper continued to smack the ball as the other batters supported at the other end and were dismissed pushing on. At the close of the innings Harper finished on an excellent 91 not out from 92 balls, and Sibton ended up with a fairly hefty 256 for 5 wickets. To be honest it wasn't the best attack Sibton had faced so far.
In reply, Broadstairs looked like they might not be up to the chase, as two quick wickets fell, and they were 5 for 2. Youngsters Benfield and Hogben steadied the flow of wicket with a nice stand of 75 before Tim Smith had Benfield caught at slip by an exquisite catch by Andy Allon, for 26. The Broadstairs batters by now had stopped playing any unnecessary shots as the Sibton bowlers toiled trying to get the wickets. As the overs started running out fast, Andy Allon did pick up 3 wickets, and the return of Rowe and Newman had little affect with a few half chances, Broadstairs fell well short, but not really trying, on 158 for 7.
Disappointing really but it's one of those things - it's still 13 points (3 points less of a batting second win)
Meanwhile at Broadstairs, what would be considered as a strong Sibton attack, Broadstairs scored 221 for 8 in their 50 overs, with Gareth Meers picking up 4 wickets again, Nick Graham 2, and Sean Carey & Ryan T Boat 1 wicket a piece.
In reply the Sibton batting failed with Martin Wren, 24, Kieron Mann, 22, all getting starts but then getting out. Adam Lamberton had success with another good knock of 44, but also was out. It left The Cube Ryan Currie stranded at the end on 22 not out as the Sibton mid and late order collapsed to finish on 190 from 42 overs.
This is another disappointing result for the lads as it leaves them dangerously near the bottom.
Next week it's the second half of the season as the 1s entertain Orpington and the 2s are at Hayes.
Moving on to the next round of the Yorkshire Tea NVK, the Sibton lads had a long journey to Rowledge in Surrey. (Approx 100 miles)
Batting first the Sibton ladies struggled to a mediocre 148 with only John Osborne having success with 54 and Jaimie 'windy pops' Keeler 26.
However in reply the Sibton bowlers did what they do best, with skipper Steve Rowe, Gareth Meers and Simon Knight all getting 2 wickets a piece, and the cream of the crop Ryan Cuboid Currie picking up 3 wickets, as Rowledge were skittled for 93. Yesss, through to the next round which sees a home tie against either Bledlow Ridge (Bucks) or Plumpton & East Chiltington (East Sussex)
In the other Sunday game the Development Team took on Kennington at home. (Report to follow)