Club History

HISTORY OF
HYTHE & DIBDEN CRICKET CLUB
1948-1972

The club as it is known today was formed in 1948 after two clubs amalgamated. - The Hythe Club which was formed in 1860 and in those days played in a park belonging to the President a Mr.J..Selmes. The Dibden Purlieu Club originated in Watermans Lane 1919 and moved to Langdown Lawns in 1934.

After the war they had to move to the Power Boat Ground because of bomb damage to their own ground in Langdown Lawns. But soon they were approached by by Hythe & Dibden Sports Club to amalgamate. The newly formed Hythe & Dibden Cricket Club moved into its home in Jones Lane after the amalgamation in 1948 with Mr.A.Curtis appointed their first Captain with Mr.Renyard Captaining the 2nd XI.
The biggest expenditure for the club in those days was the purchase of 4 bats @ 50p each.

The 1949 season saw Phil Pick join the club - little did he know then that he'd be still heavily involved fifty years later. By 1952 Picky was heavily involved and took on the role of Sunday Captain whilst David Bowler captained the First XI. The club entered the Stone Cup for the very first time. and at the agm secretary Mr.W.Berry announced that there was £35 profit in the kitty. Harold Longman was a key player for Hythe with his left arm spin - he later went onto join the Hampshire groundstaff.

There was uproar in 1953 when David Bowler was stuggling to get fixtures because of the state of the Hythe wicket. To make things even worse the football section wanted to turn their football pitch round right through the cricket square. Needless to say Phil told them where to go.

The 1954 season saw Phil Pick take over the captaincy of both weekend First XI sides and in an impressive season Hythe won 24 off 33 games played. Phil himself took 92 wickets @ 7.9. So keen to get to his 100 wickets a touring side came down to Hythe but the weather started raining heavy just before the start of the game. Phil called Exbury to see if it was raining up there and it wasn't so he got everyone on a bus upto Exbury.

1955 saw Hythe win their first ever trophy - The Crossley Cup proving that they were one of the strongest outfits in the area at the time, with Pick and Harry May one of the most frightening bowling attacks around. 24 wins out of 44 games played with only 2 defeats. But sadly for Hythe David Bowler snr hung up his whites after many years with the club.

1956 Season - 1st XI - Pld 43 -W21 - D2 - L19 -2nd XI - Pld 23 - W7 - D4 - L19. The season started on a low with the news that Chairman Mr.A.Curtis had sadly passed away during the winter. A letter was sent to Mr David Bowler jnr asking him if he would like to take over which he gratefully accepted. Phil Pick continued to run the First XI though not such a good season 21 wins out of 43 with 19 losses, mainly due to Picky not being able to bowl. John Adams topped the bowling averages taking 48 wkts @ 7.7 including 10-53 against Hyde. Bernard Wilson topped the batting average 36.3 with Phil Pick second 19.8. Phil Pick did however score his maiden ton for the club 107 vs Eastgate. Walt Bell continued his fine service to the club running the Second XI with Norman Burgess as his vice captain. Tony Woodhouse topped the batting averages 17.03 with H.Clasby 14.05 and Norman Burgess 12.50. Mick Clasby took 65 wickets @ 7.07 with Norman Burgess 20 @ 9.01 and Jack Smith 24 @ 10.02.
At the end of the season though John Adams left the club after declaring it was because of the lack of loyalty and responsibilities by some club members.

1957 Season - Another legend joined the club that year by accident - Tony Woodhouse. Tony was going out with Mary whose dad was the Second XI Captain. Tony had no interest in cricket but not wanting to upset his father in law he played a game because Walt was short and soon got the bug. The game was played at Shore Road on a cut wicket which resulted in more injuries than high scores. Mr.W. Berry resigned as secretary after many years in the role.

1958 Hythe were struggling to field two sides on both days at the weekend and were asking RAF Calshot for players on many occasions. Alan Wiltshire joined the club (another great servant over many years and the founder of colts cricket at Hythe) from Exbury. Two brothers also joined the club and proved a great success - Richard & Garth Thomas. Richard a useful bowler in his younger years until a back problem stopped him bowling. Garth was an accomplisehd bat who went on to score three centuries for Hythe.

Alan Wiltshire gave us some insight of the leading players in the 50's & 60's :

David Bowler was an excellent wicket keeper plus useful opening bat, there was also John Brough another useful batsman who was more well known for always being dressed for the part. Bill Berry who as well as being a useful bat was secretary for a while and Eric Chambers a useful left arm spin bowler.

Norman Burgess a long serving batsman and bowler mainly played for the Seconds. He later went on to become an umpire for many years played for the Second XI and Stan Daniels also played at this time and one of the biggest attributes with the bat was Tug Wilson from RAF Calshot. He was a right handed batsman who scored many runs including several centuries for the club. His claim to fame was playing for the RAF and hooking a certain Freddie Truman for four. Mind you he was out shortly afterwards.Tug was also a useful left arm pace bowler. At the time Hythe used the RAF base at Calshot to make up their numbers quite frequently.

Walt Bell ( Tony Woodhouse's father in law ) did a great deal for the club during the fifties and early sixties keeping the ground together and also turning out for the Seconds. Also in the fifites Eric Chambers served the first team as a leg spinner, Stan Daniels turned out for the seconds though he was better known for his footballing skills, and

Cyril Duro a rigger from Esso started with the club playing mostly seconds but a useful bat. Mike Clasby and his cousin Bert joined the club in the fifties. Mike was medium pace off cut bowler who played mainly second team whilst Bert Clasby ( claud ) played for many years in the seconds till he emigrated in 1976. Claud was a batsman who could bowl and in his later years wicket keeped. Not a patient person with the colts if you put down a catch he would tut for 10 minutes.

Ron Quibell a fine leg break bowler who provided a fine variety to the bowling attack.Played for the club for over 10 years. Walt Drodge too was an attacking batsman for the first team. Later years did sterling work as first team umpire.

John Edsall also joined the club in the late fifties and went onto play well into the seventies, mainly in the first team.

First Teamers:
Duncan Cragg - could play a bit though Garth Thomas called him a lounge cricketer. Duncan responded by saying he knew Garth as a god cricketer because Garth told him so.

Dave Blaxall briefly played for the club in the 60's as first team wicket keeper. Dave Carr an excellent opening batsman moved down from Yorkshire to work in the refinery and joined the club.

Dudley Barrett was a menacing fast bowler from Lincolnshire who once took 10 wickets for Hythe in a match over at Flamingoes. He played a few seasons before turning out for Lymington.

Ken Munday started playing for Hythe at this time - an accurate slow left arm bowler who also got useful runs down the order.

John Ashton joined the club from Exbury and was a huge part of Hythe's success in the middle 60's through to the middle 70's as an opening bat always trying to get on top of the bowling

Quinton Hedley first team wicket keeper with a very dry sense of humour. Bit of a sterling moss as well.

Ron O'Kill off the pitch life and sole of the party but although he was a very good slip fielder the rest of his game was so so.

Brian Parrish useful all rounder who got both wickets and runs for the club.

Tim Pollit - always happy to make up the numbers. Malcolm Teasdale - a Scottish County Cricketer he was unorthodox but an effective cricketer.

A.Rumsey - A seam bowler with Parks experience. He bowled right arm outswing.

Second Team Players during the mid sixties included
Brian Mainwaring - a stalart second team batsman who also kept wicket.
Cliff Wheeler - arrived as a teenager who became one of the most feared bowlers in the area. Sadly gave up cricket early to take up sailing. R.Wheeler a seam bowler who played for a few seasons.
Bob Corneby - good for a few runs if he connected and a good fielder.
David Greenland - Useful opening bat form Brockenhurst Grammar School

Dave Hall - All Rounder. Chris Lukk, and Terry Oliver a useful wicket keeper batsman who fluctuated between first and seconds.W.S.Wheeler - batsman very difficult to get out. Dick Sign was a reliable second team batsman.Eric Clapham played briefly for the seconds as a bat bowler until later going onto play professional football for Exeter.

1960 Alan Wiltshire took over as groundsman a job he did so well for nearly twenty years, escaping from the Echo office by the pier in the afternoons to water the square. He also took on the Fixtures Secretary role which in those days as quite a challange - two sides playing friendlies from the third week in April to the end of September.

1961 with David Bowler captain of the Saturday First XI Hythe W8-D2 -L4 whilst Phil Pick ran the Sunday First XI W11-D4-L8. Tony Woodhouse now run the Saturday and Sunday Second XI. Brian Smith a fine all rounder arrived at the club as a 14 year old - He rapidly established himself as a number 5 batsman and persevering seam bowler with immense stamina.

The 1962 season saw Hythe win 23 of 42 games played. Garth Thomas cracked 116 vs Milford on Sea amongst his 408 runs for the season. Another newcomer Mike Swanton took 75 wickets in his first season for the club. Mike (a hall of legend member) went onto play for the club for 30 years. Cliff Wheeler & Phil Pick both took 50 wickets a piece.
Brian Smith at 15 scored 614 runs with a top score of 91 vs Exbury.

1964 proved a good season for Hythe where they W23-D13-L8 but also reached the final of the Alderman Stone Cup before going down to Minstead by 1 run.

Minstead 105-7 (R.Thomas 2-18, D.Barrett 2-20, I.Robinson 1-21)
Beat
Hythe 104-6 (P.Pick 27*, J.Ashton 22, M.Swanton 20) by 1 Run

Hythe's team on that occasion
- Hythe Team : P.Pick (Capt), J.Ashton, M.Swanton, R.Thomas, B.Parrish, D.Barrett, J.Edsall, A.Woodhouse, I.Robinson, K.Munday, D.Bowler


Richard Thomas hit 944 runs that season & Phil Pick 759 yet neither scored a century. Cliff Wheeler took 73 wickets for the Green Caps.

1965 saw Hythe recruit a terrific batsman in Dave Carr who scored 1554 runs in 31 games inc 131* @ Boltons Bench. Garth Thomas had a good season as well - 906 runs and two centuries. With the ball it was Cliff Wheeler (68) & Phil Pick (58) who topped the averages whilst Dudley Barrett took 10-6 at Eastleigh Corinthians where the opposition was all out for 17. The poor old number 11 was to scred to come out and was happy to give Dudely his 10th wicket.

1966 sadly saw David Bowler retire due to ill health though he remained as Chairman for a few many years. These were decent years for Hythe and what a shame there as no league cricket in those days.

The 1967 season again was a good season where Hythe won 25 of 44 games played losing just 4. Mike Swanton scored his maiden debut 102* vs Old Dartfordians, Garth Thomas scored the seasons only other ton - 107* vs Lyndhurst. Phil Pick took 7 for 7 vs Old Tautonians and Cliff Wheeler 7 for 12 @ Poole O.G but Dudley Barrett bettered it with 9 for 44 vs Southampton Touring Club.

1968 saw Dennis & Micky Longhorn join the club. Micky was a useful wicket-keeper batsman who later helped form Exbury whilst Dennis was a top batsman. Sadly for Hythe his appearances were few and far between because he was also a professional footballer. A youthful Brian Marwood (the clubs president) also joined in 1968 as a very promising bowler. Football again took over. Not so strong season for Hythe 16 wins in 42 games. Brian Sexton scoring 705 runs @ 23.50 and John Ashton 626 @ 16.10. Picky and Dudley Barrett again took 50 wickets a piece.
Phil Pick's ability to attract good players again came into view in

1969 when a young off break bowler David Brown joined the club and took 80 wickets in his first season at 15.63. Dennis Longhorn topped the batting with 648 runs @ 34.4. Brian Sexton also scored 604 runs. Brown may have taken the most wickets but Pickie topped the averages after taking 73 wickets @ 13.16. Midweek games Phil always managed to call in guest players & they always did well - C.Dunning took 8 for 34 vs Calmore Sports.

It was said that during the sixties Phil Pick only ever missed one game quite an achievement - poor Mrs Pick. Even a call from his relatives in his native Northampton to put together a side containing of all Picks couldn't stop him playing for Hythe. Phil and Mick would have made up a team of 11 Picks but when Phil was asked to turn up for this great family occasion, his beloved Hythe took preferance.

Into the seventies some excellent young talent was coming through - Mick Pick (Phil's son) Steve Leggett (a uaeful off spinner) & Hedley Wooldridge who went onto become a fine wicket keeper for Hythe for many years. Brian Buck also joined the club and made an immeadiate impact with the bat - 960 runs inc 144* vs Burley. John Ashton topped the runs that year - 907 runs in total inc 107* vs Old Parkstonians & 101* vs Bournemouth Wayfarers. Paultons veteran John Harris guested one game for Hythe and made 133 vs Castle. Three players topped 50 wickets for the season Brian Sexton 61, Ken Munday 53 & Phil Pick 51. Brian Sextons 8-35 vs Burley was the seasons best. For the Second XI 4 players took 7 wkt hauls - Tony Woodhouse 7-20 vs Ferndown, Malcolm Rumsey 7-25 vs Wellow, Brian Marwood 7-26 vs ISR & Ron Maidment 7-32 vs Ferndown. Malcom (326 @ 20.4) & Walt Drodge 223 @ 24.8) topped the Second XI Averages with the bat

Other players to join the club in 1970 - Nick German a first team player who looked seven feet tall. A useful bat who also had a useful dog called William who use to retrieve lost balls from the hedges. Paul Wastell - first team off break bowler and great team man. Then there were the Taylor brothers - Peter Taylor was a useful first team bat whilst Doug Taylor was a slow medium bowler for the seconds who had one of the longest run ups on record. Could swing a ball though fairly late.
Alan Wiltshire resigned as Fixture Secretary to be replaced by Richard Thomas who did the job for the next 26 years.

1971 saw Phil criticize his side for poor fielding. Brian Sexton was praised however for his fine all round performances - 575 runs & 73 wickets inc 8-28 vs Trojans. Dennis Longhorn hit the highest score of the year 143* vs Andover Banks. Hythe scored 289 for 2 and then bowled the Bank out for 45. Brian Buck hit 104 in the same game as well as another ton 107 vs Basingstoke SC. The Second XI's batting was dominated by Alan Wiltshire 674 runs @ 22.5 yet his highest score was only 57*. Tony Woodhouse topped the bowling with 36 wkts, Doug Taylor 30. Kevin McTaggart performed well for the 2nds. Wait for it - Match Fees were 30p in those days.

1972 and the buzz around the club was Hythe & Dibden had been accepted into the newly formed Hampshire League for 1973. As for the 72 season it started badly after losing Brian Buck & John Ashton with work committments however by the end of it they had won Alderman Stone Cup and were beaten semi-finalists in the Echo Trophy vs Old Tautonainss.

Hythe & Dibden winners of the Alderman Stone they beat New Milton in the final

Hythe 82 for 8 (P.Taylor 32, K.Smith 12, P.Pick 12)

New Milton 53 all out (C.Beer 3-8, M.Pick 3-12, P.Pick 2-10, B.Sexton 2-12)

Hythe Won by 29 Runs

Team: K.Smith, P.Taylor, G.Knights, B.Sexton, P.Pick (capt), H.Wooldridge,
M.Longhorn, C.Beer, V.Garrett wkt, M.Pick, A.Ramsbottom

Weekends Hythe 1st XI had a mediocre season winning 11 of 32 games whilst the 2nd XI won just 3 of 23. George Knights had joined the club as well as several new young players inc Andrew Ramsbottom ( a good young bowler) Colin Fensome & Bob Skerry also joined and flucuated between the 1's and 2's. Knights hit the highest score of the season with 97 vs Wimbourne. Tony Woodhouse took 66 wickets for the 2nd XI. Mike Rice topped the batting.

So were Hythe ready for league cricket - Phil thought so. The Second XI continued to play friendlies.

Where next?

1973 - 77 Early Hampshire League Years 1973 & The Formation of the Hampshire League 1973 - Hythe's first season in the new County 1 ende

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