On a blustery and cold Saturday both teams met Lordswood in their respective leagues.
Away at Lordswood the 1s won the toss and decided to bat. With two of Lordswood's seam bowlers missing in Amjhad Khan and Adeel Hussain, the mood was chipper.
However, it wasn't long before Sibton were in trouble as Daniel Masters quickly removed Tim Bishop and Jamie Keeler, leaving the score on 20. Andy Allon was putting up the fight, and he and Jakey Benfield battled on before the next wicket fell on 101, of Benfield for another good and toiled 37 - this guy is really looking good. Unfortunately that's were it ends as wicket after wicket tumbled for 10's as only Andy Allon managed to get a score of 65 before he was also dismissed. A fine solo effort by AA. It was all over prematurely as Sibton slumped to 155 all out in 46 overs.
In reply Lordswood knocked the runs off at a canter in the 40th over only losing Fabian Cowdrey to AA for 28. Lordswood new acquisition Zac Elkin looked handy despite playing and missing a fair bit early on.
Looks like some good hard netting/training needs to be done and get back on track ASAP.
Meanwhile at home the 2s had a tricky task also.
Losing the toss Sibton were asked to bat. The old head of Kevin Masters held the Sibton batters back as scoring was slow, several got starts but didn't go on to make a score. Terry Dunham 21 (that's his score and certainly not his age!) Will Purcell 15 and Adam Lamberton 29 all looked to push on. Lamberton started slowly but looked competent and was pushing the score along nicely towards the end with Harry Wren who himself played maturely for 22. With 6 overs to go Sibton were just on 106. The rejuvenated Tim Wren and nudgingness of Tim Smith, along with some excellent running pushed the Sibton score at 50 overs to 161. Wren finished on 30 and Smith on 20, both not out, with Wren being outscored for a while!! A good effort from two old people.
After tea (expertly produced by Mrs Tidy- again!!!) Sibton started well enough with what the pros call a' loosener' got nicked behind first ball from young Tim Smith.
Lordswood settled down and batted well and milked the bowling. However after driving one straight to the hands of Tim Wren and being run out Lordswood's Roberts was cursing himself. After some tight bowling by Wren and Ryan T Boat, a bit of pressure, and Lordswoods wickets began to fall with an excellent run out by Currie deliberately flicking the ball on to the stumps after it being driven back at him and an LBW.
Lordswood were still on track and Sibton basically needed to take wickets. A few half chances missed and a couple of soft chances and it was starting to look tricky. The game turned when Ben Allon then ran out Adamson for 74 after a decent knock and Tim Smith in his second spell then started mop up. Only Prince held the proceedings up after he battled for 18, but in the 40th over Sibton sealed the win, as Smith finished with 5 for 34 from 11.4 overs and Currie 2 for 55 and 3 run outs. A good and much needed win for the 2s.
Games and even seasons can turn on chances and fine margins, so lots of work needs doing in the batting department, fielding & catching to ensure the 2s can be the best they can be, but in all it was a good effort and the the future is bright.
Next week the 1s are at home to Sevenoaks and the 2s away at The Mote.