In the turn round for the season, the 1st XI entertained Orpington, whilst the 2nd XI traveled to Hayes.
At home, after a week of damp weather, the 1's were asked to bat first.
The Orpington openers bowled well, and after a good enough start both openers were run out, Andy Allon for 25 and Steve Hickmott for 11, by bad calling. Orpington continued to keep it tight in the field, it was only some good hitting that got the scoreboard moving. Kiwi Jack Harper in his last game went for 7, but Jamie Keeler again had a good knock for 34, with Ben Allon playing some exceptional shots and getting another deserved 50, before falling for 53. Simon Knight again partnered with Ben and accumulated runs whilst feeding Ben the strike, but finally fell for 19. At the end of the 50 overs Sibton made a reasonable 202. It wasn't a bad score as the pitch was hard to score on but was made more difficult by an excellent bowling & fielding display by Orpington.
After tea, the Orpington reply was very positive, but some loose shots after such a good start saw them slump from 20 without loss in 4 overs to 64 for 5 in 11 overs. At this stage the Orpington batters played with more caution and it stemed the flow of runs. As the weather fast closed in with a few light spots, Orpington continued to loose wickets as they found themselves 93 for 7. Desperate to take wickets, as the rain was now getting heavier, some discipline was lost and Orpington's Sam Clarkson and Stephen Ingram took advantage, putting the bad ball away (which was quite often) and watchful of the good ball. The rain was much harder, and the ground becoming slippy, in the 42nd over the umpires pulled everyone off. It was agreed fairly quickly we wouldn't be able to continue so the Orpington innings finished at 166 for 8 from 42 overs.
A decent enough result, but not quite as satisfactory as a win.
The next two weeks see Sibton under the microscope as they face Sandwich away next week and top of the table Whitstable the following week.
NB; During the game Steve Hickmott had to rush off as his wife Michelle started going in to labour. Exciting!! Sub fielder Owen Smith, 13, was used.
Meanwhile the 2's at Hayes, looked like they were going well. Another good score from Nick Graham of 60, Martin Wren 22, Gareth Meers 30 and big hitting Sean Carey 45 not out, saw Sibton get to a reasonable 184 for 7 from their 50 overs. A defendable total for Sibtons decent bowling line up ?
A decent enough start saw Hayes on 35 for 3, however keeper Joe Tousent smacked 85 and with some lower order chipping in Hayes passed the Sibton total at the end of the 48th over for 7 wickets.
Gareth Meers, Sean Carey and captain Trevor Lewis all took 2 wickets a piece, with a run out.
Unfortunately another very disappointing result for the 2s, who now really need to pick up some points to climb away from the bottom end of the table.
Sundays games were all canceled unfortunately, by weather and lack of opposition!!