April 27th & 28th weekend

Mixed emotions this week.

Saturday saw an away game at Willesborough, in a low scoring game - but that will be a feature early season until the pitches harden up a bit.
Struggling Sibton batted first and lost their senior players cheaply for not many. However, new signing Sumit Solanki hit a well struck 20 at the end and another very promising youngster, 14 year old Miles Clayton, hit a fine 35 in his first senior game. The last wicket partnership put on 50 between Miles, and ably assisted by that man Elliot Tyler.
In reply the Sibton boys managed to bowl out Willesborough for 105, with again the young guns doing the damage. Ryan Meers took 4 wickets as did Elliot Tyler, and new signing Sumit Solanki took the other 2.
Dan Cadd bowled well but was unlucky and didn't pick up any wickets.
This is exciting stuff as the youngsters are starting to shine through - but lets not get too excited as stiffer tests in the form of the league games are to come.

Meanwhile Sunday saw, pretty much the Sibton 1st XI visit East Grinstead in the first round of the ECB Natinional Knockout competition.
Unfortunately it was always going to be a struggle as Sibton quickly found themselves at 40 for 6 batting first. Sibton were bowled out for 97, thanks to Steve Hickmott who Sibton out of a bit of trouble with 38.
In reply, East Grinstead cruised to their target in 22 overs losing 2 wickets to another new signing Mike James who bowled very well.
Lesson learnt here - it's going to be a tough season, and the Sibton boys need to knuckle down and dig in, in order to survive this Premier league season.

Next week sees another pre league game, with the 1's away to Folkestone and the 2's at home to Folkestone.

Sibton Park Cricket Club

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