H&D 2s Opener Reduced To Damp Squid
Abandoned ~ Pylewell Park I 208-7 (45ov)
Captains Verdict :
Hythe & Dibden II’s home opener was cut short due to a stubborn lunch break downpour. But it may have been for the best. As both skippers shook hands, calling time on a half completed game, it certainly could have been seen with both disappointment and relief for the home side. For bowling poorly and facing a competitive chase of 209 may well have resulted inHythe’s second loss in as many weeks.
On an excellent deck, it came as no surprise upon losing the toss that Murkitt’s men were sent out to field. And the visitors made good use of their guesswork by building a healthy platform from the off, aided by a sluggish showing from Hythe’squicks.
Opening bowler and former captain, Richard Froggett (1-34) bowled a few too many short and wide to opener John Royan (41), whose scything cut shots through a packed field square on the offside would become an ongoing theme of the match.
Gary Dyer was similarly off colour. Coming in fresh from a season where he’d finished as the most economical bowler at the club (Economy 2.47 in 2017); he was going at more than twice that during his two spells.
Young Tom Jones received a second’s call-up in light of his promising performances with the thirds last season. He bowled without much luck, having an edge squirt between keeper and first slip. TJ did however manage to find some swing but not much penetration and received some tap when bowling his second spell at the death.
Uncharacteristically, ‘Chalky’ White also strayed from his normally dependable stinginess at first change, which kept Pylewell Park ticking over. He would regain his nagging line and length after a wicket in his fifth over, helped re discover his nous for keeping things tight. He’d go on to take the bowling plaudits with 3-38 from his nine.
Both openers, Dyer and Froggett returned for much tidier spells after drinks, combining for 0-15 in their last six overs. But the early damage had been done. Pylewell Park was 105-2 after 23 overs. With wickets in hand, they looked set to let loose during the final ten.
Meredith and Jonjo had the rather onerous task of damage limitation, preventing Pylewell Park from getting away from Hythe. While being quite expensive, both chipped in with wickets that had eluded the frontline trio. Most notably was Meredith’s second, which produced a sharp take at gully from Froggett.
Pylewell Park, who finised five places above Hythe last season, may have fancied defending their total of 208. But it could have been much more, having purely maintained their rate from the drinks break.
Sadly the weather had the final say and Hythe wait yet another week for their first victory under Murkitt’s regime.
INNINGS OF PYLEWELL PARK 208 For 7 (45 Overs)
|4. J.Kennedy||Ct & Bd||White||0|
|6. I.Robertson||Ct. Froggett||Meredith||10|
|Extras : 7||TOTAL :||208 For 7||Overs 45|
HYTHE & DIBDEN BOWLING
RESULT : Match Abandoned @ Tea