After an amazing cricket week, back to earth with a bump in the league stuff.
Away at Beckenham the 1s fielded first. After a 10th over injury to Jamie Keeler, Sibton fielded most of the game with 10. A quick fire 48 from Kent's Alex Blake and a couple of hundreds by James McCulloch and William McVicar, Sibton were going to have to chase a massive 347. The wickets were shared, in the 4 wickets Beckenham lost, and after being 6 for 2!!
In reply, wickets fell regularly with only Ben Allon, 71, and John Osborne, 41, making any inroads. Sibton failed on 193 all out in 49 overs.
Disappointing, and with Sevenoaks somehow beating Bickley Park and Whitstable beating Bexley, puts the next 4 weeks into even more perspective.
Meanwhile at home the 2s took on top of the league Beckenham 2s, in what was always going to be a difficult game.
Batting first Sibton got off to a reasonable start but soon had a flurry of wickets, going from 62 without loss to 95 for 4. Terry Dunham made a good 43 and new opening partner Adam Lamberton 29.
Josh Woodward continued his form with 34 but failed to carry it on, and it was left to Martin Wren, 74 not out, and Tim Wren, 35 not out, to push the score and get Sibton to a decent 229 for 5 in their 50 overs in the end.
In reply the Beckenham openers got off to a good start, if a bit streaky at times. However, Sibton were always in the game and tried to strangle the run rate and get through the overs quickly. However, lots more 'sweaty' shots, quite a bit of luck and hitting the ball to fielders but making a comfortable run proved to be the downfall. Beckenham's opener, and 2nd XI leading run scorer Matt Grice made 120. In the 48th over Beckenham passed the total and won the game.
Very disappointing for the 2s who are now in a spot of bother with the Mote winning this week. Lots of lessons to take from this, particularly fielding ones!!!
Lordswood await both teams next week with the 1s at home and 2s away.