The end of another fantastic cricket week, and lets hope the run of form follows through to the weekend.
The greatest of thanks to all involved, but particularly Mr Kirk & helpers for the ground, AA for organising, along with all the ladies for lunches, teas, meals in the evenings, and Mr & Mrs Fox, our Chairman, for being there every day, talking to people, doing the bar, clearing up, setting up etc etc.
Thanks to you all.
Mondays game V Huscarls was a cracker, after much drinking before the game (some had 7 or 8 beers!!) After a brief shower delaying the start by 30 minutes the sun came out and it was hot. Batting first in a 40 over game, Sibton made 174 - a low total but some good bowling by the 'carls made scoring difficult. John Osborne and Mike James got runs late on. In reply Huscarls lost an early wicket but scored fluently with some fine shots. However wickets did fall eventually with Owen Smith picking up 2, John Osborne 1 and Mikey James started pulling the game back Sibton's way with 3. With 3 overs to go Huscarls were 8 wickets down wanting 7 to win - Unfortunately they nudged their way to victory in the second to last over, but a good effort in the end.
A fantastic curry was the meal for the evening, welcome by all and much drinking.
Tuesday soon came around after a few camped, and others cleared the outfield of stomach contents following a yard of ale!!!!
The overseas game (another 40 over affair) saw Sibton amass a large total of 247, again in the sunshine. Martin Wren made a fine 91, ably assisted by Ben Allon, John Osborne and Mikey James with some clean hitting at the end.
In reply, the overseas team got off to a flyer thanks to Summit Solanki who scored a good 30. A couple of wickets brought it back in balance but Folkestone's Himmy Waingankar took the game away as the Overseas team reached their total in just 30 overs. Sibton bowled well enough but the batting was just a bit better.
A cracking barbecue followed, by Mr & Mrs Fox, enjoyed by all. Unfortunately the entertainment in the form of Collis King & Hartley Alleyne weren't there but it was very nice to see the talent of Kent's captain and England spinner James Tredwell and his son, Jacob, who seemed to take an instant liking to Boatel (That's Jacob not Treddy!!) Treddy has kindly donated some special shirts for our raffles over the next few days - so a big thank you to a very nice man.
Wednesday saw our precious VP's, life members and guests for lunch. (Prepared once again by Mr & Mrs Fox - a big thank you to them both)
The Forty Club today, plus a couple of guests, were asked to field first. Mark Towse provided the back bone to the innings with 50 in 42 overs, joined by some clean hitting by Ben Allon also for 50. With a smallish total Sibton seemed to struggle but a late flurry (and some good cricket shots) by Josh Woodward who finished unbeaten on 34 got the Sibton total to 197 for 6 in 49 overs. Steve Brown picked up two wickets for The Forty Club and a sharp (!!!!) run out from Darren Wood assisted the wicket tally.
However, in reply, the Sibton bowlers were batted as veteran Liam Tegg scored a magnificent 115, assisted by Stuart Faulkner with 47 soon had The Forty club passed the total for 3 wickets even though they would have got only 35 overs, with 4 overs to spare. Ben Allon was the pick of the Sibton bowlers with 2 wickets and the other Sibton bowlers, after giving it large, were destroyed.
A fine fare of sausage & mash followed the game. When the food had gone down, outdoor games of water balloon toss and rounders were the call of the day.
Day 4 and after much merriment from the previous evening including a fine effort by AA, Selsdon were the visitors. Batting first in a declaration game Selsdon hit a big 245 for 7 in 43 overs. The pick of the bowlers were Miles Clayton and Trevor Lewis who both got 2 wickets and our guest of the day staying at the lovely HPB, David Keen who also got 2 wickets. A fine 72 from Selsdon's Lenny Miller set the tone earlier.
A good total, however, the Sibton batsmen were up to task as Summit Solanki destroyed the Selsdon openers with a fantastic 43 and fellow opener Denis Cullum a well played 52. This just left Harry Wren and Steven Rowe to carry on the run making with Rowe making a fine 53 and Harold finishing the game with 72, to bring the win for Sibton in the 32nd over. A great game, and a good innings by Harold indeed.
Bingo followed in the evening with the great Sibton tent sleepover, and Bishy providing the drunken entertainment for the night.
Early next morning all the campers were treated to Mr & Mrs Tidy's Breakfast in the pavilion, a fine fare indeed.
After a few early showers, the pinnacle of the cricket in cricket week was a 11.30 start V MCC.
Batting first MCC made a decent total of 284 for 5 in 64 overs. A fine 103 not out by Bickley Parks Ben Leale-Green and 74 from Tenterden's Chris Vernon was the backbone of MCC's score. Jamie Keeler picked up 4 wickets, thanks to great catching by his team mate, including one outstanding catch by one George Leadbetter in a one off appearance.
In reply Sibton got off to a start with George Leadbetter getting 32 and Tim Bishop 45. Ben Allon made 48 to push the score on and Steve Hickmott 34 lower down the order. Runs were being scored but wickets were also falling, Josh Woodward continued his run of form with 28 at 9. However it was Jamie Keeler and Steven Rowe, batting at 11, that got Sibton over the line in the 56th over as Keeler made 62 and Rowe 15, as the 284 total was passed. A great game indeed and a fitting end to the week. Thanks to MCC for the game and MCC match manager Steve Salisbury.
That's it for another 2 years - we hope everyone enjoyed it and once again thanks to all who helped, and who attended.