Weekend 14th & 15th July

In what was quite a big weekend for the club, ended in disappointment.
The Godden cup on Friday got postponed till Thursday 19th July.
Both league games on the Saturday were washed out as every game in the Kent League was washed out for the first time in it's history.
On to the The Yorkshire Tea & The Cricketer magazine National Village Knockout game on the Sunday. After some extremely hard work Mr Kirk and his groundwork team (9pm Saturday night and all day Sunday morning) a pitch was ready as a delayed start at 1.45pm took place. A coach load of Plumpton supporters set up camp, and watched as their side biffed their way quickly to 75 for no wicket off 14 overs. A disappointing start by Sibton. Tim Smith then took hold as the first wicket fell at 80 off 15 overs. Two more quick wickets and Plumpton quickly slumped to 122 all out in 39 overs. Tim Smith picked up 3 wickets for 37 off 9 overs, Andy Allon 1 wicket for 9 runs off 9 overs, Ryan T-Boat 4 for 9 off 9 overs and Steven Rowe just the 1 wicket for 30 off 9 overs and a run out. Obviously the wicket played a big part, but Plumpton would have always batted first and Sibton bowled in the conditions. Plumpton may have been a bit lucky but they played it right in the conditions despite being wiped out in the end.
In reply the Sibton batters didn't play the conditions well at all. As Plumpton took the pace off the ball, and fielded fairly tidily, wickets fell at regular intervals to a serious of bad shots. The Sibton batters were never out of it, but likewise they were never in it as partnerships formed but then a loose shot undid the good work. Ben Allon made 26, Simon Knight grafted for his 15 and Andy Allon 12 to get Sibton close. As the last batsman went in, 36 were needed and possible. As Currie bashed it, and hit a large 6 the scores got closer, but disaster struck when a run out came for what should have been a comfortable 2, and the game was over as Sibton fell 17 runs short on 106, on what should have been a comfortable chase. Very disappointing indeed - gutting actually, it was a game that should have been won for sure. Still, well done to Plumpton who bowled very well and caught very well, and good luck to them in the next round. (It should have been Sibton !!!)
The disappointment should wear off, as next weekend sees top of the table clash with Whitstable - Sibton need to prove themselves after the disappointment of Sunday and bounce back. The 2's are away to Whitstable and need a positive result, against the top team.

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