The Under 15s took on local rivals Elham on a sultry evening at The Park, needing a win to build their momentum in the Saxon Shore League.
Sibton batted first. The openers, Harry Wren and Miles Clayton, played sensible cricket, waiting for the bad ball, gradually growing in authority and increasing the run rate. By the time they both retired with unbeaten 50s the score was well past 100 at 6 per over. A good spell of bowling from the Elham spinner, who took 4 wickets in quick succession, then slowed the progress of the innings and Sibton finished on 134 for 4 off their 20 overs. This was a good effort but with a bit more composure and fewer attempts to hoick the spinner to the leg side we could have made another 10-15 runs.
Elham’s reply started sedately, their openers kept quiet by some tight bowling from Seth Rice and Jack Woodward. A couple of catches went down and the game fizzled out. Elham never looked likely to reach their target and finished on 95 for 4 after their 20 overs. Miles distinguished himself (yet again!), this time with the ball, taking 3 for 12 in his spell – his season goes from strength to strength.
This was a solid performance by the Under 15s. Harry and Miles deserve a good pat on the back for their partnership – it was a pleasure to watch. There is still room for improvement in our catching and middle order batting. We look forward to the next game away at Ashford next Tuesday.
By Simon Gush