Weekend 28th & 29th July

In the next round of KL games on Saturday, the 1's were away at Hythe and 2's at home to Hythe, with the 2's desperate to get back in to winning ways.
At Hythe, Sibton lost the toss and were asked to field first.
Hythe were quickly in trouble as their top 3 batsmen were quickly removed, and were teetering at 60 for 6. Steven Rowe quickly picked up 3 early wickets and Sam Newman 2. Hythe's Trevor Squire batted particularly well to steady Hythe and with Sibton taking their foot off the gas a little Hythe reached 100 which they probably shouldn't have. Regular wickets did fall though as Andy Allon picked up 2, Steven Rowe another one to finish with 4 and a run out by Sam Newman finished the Hythe innings at a poor 131.
In reply Sibton raced out of the blocks with the score quickly on 60 in 7 overs before Andy Allon fell to an exquisite ball from Andy Maurice for 30. A few more wickets fell unnecessarily but Jaimie Keeler made Hythe pay after being dropped to see Sibton home in the 30th over with 44 not out and Steve Hobbs 9 not out hitting the winning 4.
Sibton batters made it more difficult than is should have been. tougher tests are to come with Folkestone next week, and St Lawrence and Tenterden making a late surge to catch up the points. Only time will tell, but it was a good solid performance with the Sibton boys needing to channel themselves on the task at hand at times.


Meanwhile at home, a similar story, with a week Hythe 2's saw Hythe bat first and score a low 135 for 7 with only N Pichowski with a notable score of 56 in 50 overs!! Ahem!! Gareth Meers did the damage with 4 for 43 off 14 overs, and Trevor Lewis, Bradley Wake-Smith and Sean Carey picking up 1 wicket a piece.
In reply Sibton lost silly wickets but did pass the total in the 34th over after Dave Stewart hit 22 , Nick Graham another 48, and Francis Gush finishing on 18 not out.


Sunday saw a delayed start as the Brighton Beamers toured in to town.
Some remarkable batting saw Sibton amass 268 for 4 in 36 overs. Ben Allon hit 138, new opener Gareth Meers 62 (nudge nudge 2's skipper!!) and Josh Woodward hit his first 50 of the season to finish 50 not out with Harry Wren 13 not out.

In reply the Beamers overseas ringer hit 126 before being bowled. (Beamers were 119 for 4 after Rigby had hit 101!!!) At the end of the overs, 31 of them in fact, the Beamers finished on 165 for 9, with Tim Smith 2 for 12 off 7 overs, Sophie Bambridge unlucky and bowling very full with 1 for 65, Gareth MeersĀ 1 for 5, Jacob B-W 1 for 5 and the pick of the bowlers Adam 'The cube ball in the eye' Lamberton 4 for 28.
All in all a good day, and weekend.

Sibton Park Cricket Club

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