As summer clearly arrived, for about an hour before it turned cold and spitted, interesting 1s & 2s games on Saturday.
Away at a tough Whitstable side, the 1s lost the toss and were asked to field first.
Being a small ground and renowned for their fiery starts, Whitstable got off to a fiery start!
At 6.3 overs Whitstable were on 51 before the first wicket fell of Liam Tegg for 20. Shortly after that Jakey Benfield struck and so wickets continued to regularly tumble as Max Campbell made 28. Byron Gould and James Medhurst put up a fight but Benfield struck again to remove Gould for 16 , and a silly run out saw Lewis go for 18, before Medhurst was bowled himself for 21by Mike James. Some tight middle order bowling by Andy Allon and Craig Buckham tied the batsman down and put pressure on, and it wasn't long for Whitstable were all out for a small 153 in the 45th over. Jake Benfield bowled excellently picking up his first and well deserved 5 fer for the season, and Mikey James always consistent with 4 for 28 from 14 overs.
An excellent effort by all in the field, particularly good work from Marrrrrtiiiinnn Wren.
An excellent tea, and in reply Sibton got off to a sticky start losing overseas Tim Bishop for 2 after skying a Sean French short ball. After further short bowling from Whitstable's overseas Nick Bills, who recently played in the Aussie big bash, and some words, Andy Allon had got started on 18 before he was dismissed by French.
Further short bowling pursued and Jamie Keeler also went for 17 as Sibton were struggling at 38 for 3. However, cometh the hour, Ben Allon and Jake Benfield got stuck in and dug in, to ease the score along and calm everything down, as the loose balls got put away nicely. In the 29th over needing four for his 50 and scores tied Benfiled was caught for 44 going for it - an excellent and classy innings indeed. It just left Ben Allon who by now had got his 50, to hit the winning runs and it was game over in the 31st over.
It was a good display by Sibton over coming tough opposition and 20 welcomed points. It leaves the 1s sitting in position 2 of the Premier league, but there's a long way to go and with word of a few other sides bolstering their teams with further stars, tough times are ahead.
Meanwhile at home the 2s faced top of the table Catford Cyphers. With a bit of a make shift side due to unavailability Sibton batted first. Ryan Currie opened the innings and got Sibton off to a fine start, ably assisted by Ian Betts who then fell LBW for 14. As Currie proceeded to build his innings unfortunately other batsmen got starts but didn't carry on and when Currie was bowled for 44, the rest of the wickets quickly fell as Sibton ended on a reasonable (ish) 141, finding scoring difficult.
In reply Catford got off to a racing start, however at 34 for 2, it was game on again. Unfortunately Catford then eased to the total losing 3 other wickets mainly thanks to 71 by Howard Chambers. The pick of the Sibton bowlers was; hang on, no it can't be, it is, it really is - Tim Wren with 4 for 44 from 13 overs. Welcome back.
A shame for the defeat but the 2s battled. Need to get some availability going and consistency in the team and play.
Next week sees the 1s home to Beckenham and the 2s away to Beckenham.
There is a mid week game V Sandwich on Tuesday 4th June at Sibton 6pm start - All are welcome.