A sad day for both teams as relegation was confirmed for 1s and 2s.
At home V Blackheath the 1s had a bat first, and what a start. AA's new opening partner Terry Dunham got the 1s off to a flyer quickly scoring his 50 in 15 overs.
When the score was on 86, Dunham had 68 and AA was still on 10 in 16 overs, Blackheath didn't seem to know what had hit them.
Unfortunately after an explosive knock Dunham fell for 86, but a good display for the crowd. AA only managed to get 26 before also being dismissed. Jake Benfield scored his second 50 of the season with a fine knock, and with a couple of other 20s from Ben Allon And Steven Rowe, Sibton finished on a tidy 254 for 6 in their 50 overs - a decent total on a flat pitch (and only the second or third time over 200) but work to do.
Well, as explosive as Dunham's knock was, Blackheath's Aiden Blizzards was better I'm afraid to say (but it was good for the neutral)
After an early wicket of the dangerous Jahid Ahmed, Blizzard went mad and put the ball everywhere and anywhere he liked. Kent's Daniel Bell-Drummond supported at the other end, if a bit scratchy. The next wicket fell on 157, of Bell Drummond for 44 having been dropped twice (once on 19 and again at 35) with just 18 overs gone. Blizzard passed 50 in 18 balls and then in a flash he was on 100. The Sibton bowlers were flagging and the fielding wasn't up to scratch as Blizzard continued his onslaught before finally getting caught on 156. 54 runs were still required but the game had all but gone with over 20 overs left. A late flurry on wickets thanks to Craig Buckham, 3 for 40 off 7, and Josh Woodward on debut 2 for 39 off 4.3 overs but the game was soon all over in the 34th over.
That was that, so Division 1 next year.
One game to go, Bexley away.
Meanwhile away, the 2s at Hayes had only 10 players one of which was injured and couldn't run!
Hayes were restricted to 217 for 7 in their 50 overs. Pick of the bowlers were Tim Wren with 4 wickets and Ryan Currie with 2 wickets.
In reply Sibton seemed to be up with the rate and coping with the chase. However, soon a constant flow of wickets after many got late 20s and early 30s, resulted in 10 overs being required in the last over with one wicket remaining.
The last wicket was unfortunately taken, 6 runs short of the target. An extra player/batsman and who knows... (See the Beckenham away game also !!!)
So that was that too, Division 2 cricket for the 2s next year.
Last game is against St Lawrence at home - be nice to get a full strength side and finish with a win.
Further disappointment Sunday when the game had to be called off due to lack of players (3 in fact) - very poor form, and it's not the first, second, third, fourth etc time this year is it !