After another disappointment in the week, in the Godden Cup final (SPCC 98 all out, Hythe 100 for 6) the Sibton teams needed to pick themselves up. Unfortunately the 2s didn't get near any cricket as in a bizarre flurry of showers in Whitstable, flooded the ground and that was that!
The 1s however had a tough top of the table clash, Sibton sitting 2nd to Whitstable. Obviously it was dry but from all the rain recently the pitch was still quite damp.
Winning the toss Sibton decided to have a bat first. A reasonable start saw Sibton race comfortably to 40 before Andy Allon fell for 23. Then a flurry of poor batting and some good bowling saw the Sibton top/middle order as the scoring dried up and Sibton struggling at 96 for 5. Only Steve 'so tired & sleepy' Hickmott provided any stability with 33. Some did hang around but got themselves out. Captain Steven Rowe was the only other person to get in to double figures with 13, as Sibton slumped to a poor 137 in 46 overs, Ryan T-Boat 9 not out. This meant Sibton gave the opposition an extra 4 overs to get this paltry total.
A little stunned and a funny atmosphere around the home changing room, Sibton set about trying to get the game back. It wasn't looking too good as Whitstable obviously wanted to knock these runs off quickly in a mixed up batting order,as Whitstable overseas Tondulkar crashed a cover drive, and Byron Gould hit two straight fours. Skipper Rowe then removed Tondulkar LBW, then proceeded to remove Max Campbell first ball (walking down the pitch and passed the ball) and fourth ball then cleaning up the dangerous Tegg for 0 also. Three wickets in the over killed the Whitstable top order. Sam Newman then had opener Gould caught by a sharp, straight short ball which he could only glove in the air. Ollie Robinson stuck around with Denly for a bit before wily old fox Tim Smith suckered the young Robinson for 17, in to a loose shot only to knick off to Andy Allon at slip, leaving Whitstable staring down the barrel at 45 for 5. Seth Simmons and Denly hung around for ages as dot ball after dot ball followed, they were still in it and just need to put away any bad balls. Unfortunately very few came, and as Denly went leg before to Andy Alon, Simmons changed his plan and was looking to hit the ball. Simmons later went for 31, LBW to the returning Sam Newman. Just as quickly French was LBW to Rowe and Josh Gould bowled by Newman, Sibton, unbelievably, were on the brink of a good victory. However, as proved in the past, if batsman are determined and stubborn enough they needn't get out and so it proved as James Medhurst was rock solid with 21 not out and 15 year old Kent academy player, Piers Richardson, solid for 15 not out, as the 54th over was finished and Whitstable could only manage 115.
A fantastic bowling and fielding display by Sibton who pulled round a low score, to leave Sibton on top of the league but only by 3 points.
Still all very much to play for as Sandwich, St Lawrence and Tenterden all manged to pick up good points and are there and there abouts.
Next week both Sibton sides face another difficult game against Hythe, who have proven to be a thorn in the side in recent years.