Quite an emotional weekend really.
As the 1st XI travelled to Champions Hartley, a daunting task faced.
However, the Sibton bowlers are well up to the task and saw Hartley seeming to struggle at 115 for 5 from 29 overs, with only Dan Stickells, 61, with a score. However as we know teams bat all the way down in the Prem and a fine knock from James Thompson ably assisted but others saw Hartley get to a reasonable but gettable 214 from their 55 overs, Thompson 79.
In reply the Sibton batters started well enough but regular wickets soon saw Sibton reeling at 73 for 5 with the wiley Andy Tutt picking up the wickets. From then on it was going to be difficult but still do-able. Captain Simon Knight put up the resistance with a good 57, but when he went and keeper John Osborne went for 23, a win was now looking unlikely. In the final over, and on the last ball, 9 wickets down, a run out occurred and Sibton were all out for 171 handing the win to Hartley. Tutt finished with a fine 6 for 25 off 14.5 overs.
A good effort by the boys who show they are more than capable to compete at this level and with 21 points at this stage is a good base on which to build.
Meanwhile at home, the 2s took on a good Hartley side.
Put in to bat, and a slow start and despite losing to early wickets, Sibton started to make headway thanks to Adam Lamberton and Will Purcell. However a couple of rash shots and things changed as both fell within an over of each other for 35 and 30 respectively.
From then on the batters struggled against some tight Hartley bowling, and hard to get the ball away as Sibton slumped to an under PAR 122 all out, with only Ian Betts making 13 and some old codger 11 not out.
However as it has proven, bowling tight at Sibton early season can make it very difficult to score without hitting in the air, and a good start saw Hartley worried at 33 for 2. The game in the balance, another wicket at 71 for 3 and it was interesting. However, Hartley opener Lewis Hickford batted well and got his 50 and nearly saw Hartley home before being bowled straight after drinks break. Another quick wicket form Gareth Meers, and a nervous run out saw 6 wickets down. However some lusty blows saw Hartley with 3 runs to get and the total was soon passed. A couple of held half chance catches, a run out and maybe 30 more runs, everyone 100% fit and it was game on perhaps.
Injured and in pain form, saw Tim Smith take 4 for 43 off 15 overs - ow ow ow ow!
A good bowling and fielding performance by the Sibton young guns, and much to be pleased about and to build on.
Next weeks the 1s are at home to Bickley Park, whilst the 2s travel to Gore Court. Good luck to all and train well.