Better news, for some, this week.
In a must win game against a struggling Whitstable side, at Sibton, the 1s did just that and won!
Batting first Sibton lost AA in 3 balls, and got off to a poor start. However lots of starts and mini contributions finally got a score on the board. Tim Bishop reached 28, Jamie Keeler 32, Steve Hickmott 30, Steven Rowe 20 and skipper Simon Knight top scored with 38 - making a slightly below PAR 196, but good runs on the board.
In reply Whitstable also got off to a bad start at 19 for 2 as Mikey James picked up both wickets. Similar to Sibton a few Whitstable players got starts, and if it wasn't for a brilliant run out by Tim Bishop Ben Purcell was looking like he would have made a match winning innings. Only Max Campbell provided some stability with a decent 70 as his team mates around him fell apart and he himself was eventually, ahem, run out !
Starting defeat in the face Whitstable's Aussie Nick Bill s went for it and nearly came off as he smashed two large 6's off Ryan Currie before being well caught by Steven Rowe, dismissed for 26. As Currie picked up the last wicket the game was over and Sibton won as Whitstable fell 27 runs short. Mikey James got 3 wickets, Boat got 2 and Jake Benfield & Craig Buckham 1 each.
A good win, that takes the 1s out of the relegation zone but at least another 1 or 2 wins and/or as many bonus points as possible are required if they want to keep out of the zone.
Beckenham away next week await.
Meanwhile the 2s had the pleasure of Catford Cyphers away.
Losing the toss Sibton were asked to field.
Some good accurate bowling from Bradley Wake-Smith soon pegged Catford back as he picked up 2 wickets. Tim Smith and Gareth Meers also picked up early wickets as Catford were going at 4.5 an over but were 76 for 4. Unfortunately too many four balls bowled kept letting Catford off the hook.
At 35 overs Sibton were restraining Catford, however Catfords Kasun Vitahmage chopped, cut and carved his way to 50 then 100 after several chances/half chances and other potential dead in the water dismissals weren't given. After some confusion with slow over rates and the rule book being thrown out of the window, Catford finished on a hefty 250 for 9. Bradley Wake-Smith and Tim Smith picking up 3 wickets each, Gareth Meers picked up the other wicket and there were two run outs.
In reply, there wasn't much of a reply except that Sibton were skittled out for a paltry 103 as Gareth Meers top scored with 18, Terry Dunham 14, Ryan Meers 16 (two fine fours and a massive flat 6) and left Adam Lamberton playing for his average on 16 not out. Veteran Paul Woodward unfortunately pulled a hamstring and had to retire hurt on 1.
A very disappointing result - the positives were the youngsters performance bowling and fielding, and special mention to Eliot Tyler who ran around all day in the field and enjoyed himself running down the pitch first ball to whack it for 2, scoring 9 in all. Also a mention to Sumit Solanki who fielded very well indeed, attacking the ball.
So not great for the 2s who are now bottom but certainly not out of it. A couple of wins would be good, starting next week against top of the table Beckenham!