Nearly at the half way point and another important week for both teams.
Away at Blackheath Sibton were asked to field first.
With a pretty useful Blackheath line up including Kent's Daniel Bell-Drummond, Calum Haggett and Australian squad member Aidan Blizzard along with the normal suspects, it was a pretty daunting task.
Blackheath quickly raced to 57 for the loss of the first wicket of Blackheath skipper Willets. Daniel Bell-Drummond continued to punish, it was 108 before the next wickets fell. As Bell-Drummond got his fifty, it made it easy for the other batsman to work round him and score more freely. Steven Rowe eventually picked up MCC's Dipyan Paul for 45, and with a few mid order batsman chipping in with 20/30s, Blackheath made a decent 241 for 8. Of course Bell-Drummond played and looked class for 97, falling three short of his 100. The pick of the Sibton bowlers was once again Mikey James with 3 for 54 off 12 overs. Part time but usefull seam of Ben Allon picked up two late wickets also.
In reply, well to be honest there wasn't much of one. Andy Allon once again proved he's in form with 40 but no one else could hang on with him as Calum Haggett ran amok taking 5 for 7 off just 10 overs. Only Tim Bishop,13, Ben Allon, 14, and Mikey James 19, got in to double figures as Sibton were skittled for 106 in 39 overs.
Disappointing for the 1s but must move on quickly to Bexley next week at the halfway point.
Meanwhile at home the 2s also suffered bitter disappointment.
Following a 1 minutes silence in respect of Hayes legend Andrew Jackson, Sibton were asked to bat first.
With probably the best line up on paper (but games aren't won on paper!), Sibton got off to a poor start finding themselves at 36 for 4 following some very poor shots. Father and son team Harry and Tim Wren provided some battle with 10 and 12 respectively, and it was the return of Steve Hobbs (and a welcome one too) with 47 that got the 2s out of a bit of a hole. With Tim Smith chipping in with 15, Sibton got to a respectable and defendable 162.
In reply skipper Trevor Lewis struck early. Some, at time, erratic bowling, gave Hayes a get out with ones and twos but nothing major and at 20 overs Hayes only had 42 on the board. However, Hayes' Martin Pratt batted well enough for 54 and ably assisted by his team, and some missed catches & half chances, some four balls, Hayes got to the finish line at a canter passing 162 in the 47th over.
A good effort but lacking in the bowling and fielding department this week - in fact the fielding wasn't as good as previous weeks. The batters need to be more patient and occupy the crease.
At the halfway point Sibton see themselves away at a tricky St Lawrence - a positive result would be helpful.
Three games in the week this week. Monday a home friendly V Freebooter, Wednesday an away 20/20 cup game at Westgate-On-Sea and Friday the local cup competition, The Godden Cup final at Folkestone CC (6.00pm start)