Big games for both 1s and 2s this week.
At home the 1s entertained Beckenham. Losing the toss skipper Knight was asked to field first which he wasn't too unhappy about.
As usual openers Rowe and James kept it tight with two early wickets (inc Kent's Alex Blake), one a piece, as Beckenham were 15 for 2.
However Beckenham captain Chris Isles and Jason Bilimora dug in and pressed the accelerator pedal as the next wicket didn't fall till 100, of Billimora for 44. Isles then continued with Johan Malcolm, and after passing 50, Isles was dismissed for 67. The Sibton bowlers toiled a little as Beckenham continued their push and finished with a decent 218 in the 54th over. Mikey James, Steven Rowe and Craig Buckham the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 48, 3 for 46 and 3 for 62 respectively.
In reply Sibton got off to their usual sticky start as Andy Allon went for 5. With the tight bowling of Ex New Zealand test player Brent Arnel, wickets consistently tumbled and only Tim Bishop, Jamie Keeler and Steve Hickmott made the 20s before getting out. It was a quick finish in the end as Sibton were scuttled for 137 in 46 overs, way short of looking like passing the total.
A tricky side Beckenham, and so they proved.
Meanwhile away at Beckenham 10 man Sibton, including two Kent league debutant's Sumit Solanki and 14 year old Owen Smith (first senior cricket game) were asked to field having lost the toss.
An excellent fielding and bowling display led by openers Tim Smith 2 for 25 off 13 overs and Trevor Lewis 1 for 21 over 12 overs, paved the way for the magic spin of Ryan Currie 2 for 39 off 13 and the guile of Tim Wren 5 for 44 off 14.5 overs, along with some good fielding by all and good catching (no drops!!), skittled Beckenham for 134 which they were very disappointed with.
However Sibton slightly light on batting got off to a good enough start as Terry Dunham cracked away Beckenham pace opener Ashley Ford.
However when Dunham went for 45 the Sibton wickets started to fall. Adam Lamberton bolstered the innings and stopped the rot for a while with Tim Wren, however Lamberton went for 23, leaving just 3 batsmen to come. As Wren himself was adjudged LBW, it left debutant Owen Smith facing a first team Beckenham bowler, bowling fairly quick and hostile. Young Smith frustrated the life out of him, along with the fact that the guy couldn't bowl it at the stumps he just left the ball like a pro, and in the meantime cracking a nice cover shot for two off the captain. As skipper Trevor Lewis came out to bat, Sibton still need 27 to win. A few fine cracks by the skipper and further frustration, Sibton managed to get within 8 of the total.
Unfortunately young Smith's resistance was broken in the 39th over as Sibton finished on 128.
Another player maybe stops 10 runs in the field and/or scores 10 with the bat and that's a win - a game frustratingly Sibton had no right to win in terms of the way they batted but got so close!
This now leaves the 2s at the foot of the table, but there were many good things to take from it by all who tried and performed their best.
Next week both sides face a difficult Lordswood team - the 1s away, of which Lordswood allegedly have the best bowling attack in the Prem but their results show under achievement and the 2s, now looking up, entertain a good Lordswood team at home.