Not a good weekend.
As visitors Folkestone, bolstered by Northamptonshire's Nial O'Brien, visited the 1's; Sibton lost the toss and bowled first.
In a sombre mood the Sibton bowlers made some effort with Rowey picking up Tom Payne for 0, after being spilt the over before at slip. Newman bowled a couple of decent balls to O'Brien but apart from that was poop this week (to be blunt about it - we won't go in to the reason!) Youngster Tim Smith quickly had O'Brien trapped LBW before he could do any serious damage and skipper Rowe picked up the dangerous Folkestone skipper Bryen. After that the Folkestone batters played with some ease as the prolific Himmy Waingankar hit another 100 in next to no time ably assisted by Stuart Graham before playing a heave shot and getting caught for 29, Ryan Currie picking up the wicket. Boat then picked up another wicket of young Bradley Goodsell for 0. Some clean hitting by Jaimie Dawes assisted the scoreboard, for 29, before finally falling to Newman on his return. Folkestone finished on a decent 230 with Waingankar on 122 not out.
In reply new opening pair of Andy Allon and Simon Knight looked solid and fluent, as the score got to 84 before Knight was bowled for 29 by Tom Cullen. As Andy Allon got his second 50 of the season, Jamie Keeler quickly came and went, before Allon was run out on 64 by Tom Payne. Dan Lodge cane and went, and then so did a series of wickets in what should have been a comfortable chase, as only Ben Allon mad some in roads with 26. At the end Ryan Currie finished on 12 not out with Tim Smith hanging on, as Sibton managed a poor 171 for 9. A post mortem after the game was in order - so hopefully over the next 4 weeks normal service we resume (We hope)
Sibton still lie second but Tenterden are quickly catching up, as are St Lawrence and Sandwich.
An away visit to The Mote beckons next week.
Meanwhile the 2's had a trip to Gore Court. With only 10 men, Sibton bowled first and restricted the home side to 176 for 9. A good effort with the ball from Shaun Carey saw him pick up 4 wickets, and skipper Trevor Lewis 3. A good performance from the two girls, Olivia Baber and Philly Skelton Hook, also helped restrict the run flow, with Olivia taking an excellent catch.
However in reply, as has happened all season, the Sibton batters just couldn't do it with some getting starts but not going on. Martin Wren top scored with 38 (batting at 9!) and of course Nick Graham with 32 were the only scores of note. Sibton were bowled out on 136 in the 43rd over.
Another bad result for the boys, making them need to string something together very soon as all around them the bottom sides are on similar points.
A win at home V The Mote next Saturday will be the tonic, who are also 'down there'
Unfortunately poor availability has been a problem all season.
Sunday saw a visit from Bossingham - Seeseparate report