Veterans Shine at Verwood
Senior players from both sides take centre stage
Mossy's first side of the campaign saw four 'veterans' take to the field away at Verwood
Verwood won the toss and put Hythe & Dibden into bat which saw senior players Rollinson and Miller open for the visitors. H & D progressed well with 14 put on the total in the first 6 overs, and good steady start. In the 7th over Miller fell which brought Simon Dixon to the crease for his first game in a year or so. The pair put on a further 12 runs as Dixon was caught for 5. H & D now 26 for 2.
Verwood changed bowlers and introduced their senior statesman S Jordan, within his first 8 balls he had dismissed four of the Hythe batsmen for just one run, claiming a hat-trick along the way, Hythe struggling on 37 for 7 by 14th over. Batsmen came and went with only Noah Vaughan putting up any resistance, and Hythe finished on 56 all out.
No tea, as the game was only an hour half old!, so Verwood went straight into bat after a 15/20 minute interval.
Mossy opened the bowling attack with the veterans Long and Callow, who despite their aches and pains, reduced Verwood to 5 for 16 off 10 with Callow claiming three and Long two wickets. Game on!
Verwood's middle order dug in and scored 26 before Miller struck twice and Noah Vaughan once, the home side now 51 for 8 off 25. Noah then struck again in the 26th over to leave just one more wicket to take, however the home side only needed 5 to win, could Hythe do?
Verwood secured victory in 28th over winning by just one wicket in what turned out to be a close and tense finish, not the best cricket played but great entertainment.
The veteran players from both teams stole the limelight and showed the youngsters a thing or two!