Changes all round as Burley visit QEII
With 5 players moving up to the thirds how will the 4ths get on?
Massive changes for the Fourth Eleven, O'Connor, Moss, Rollinson, Fenton, Miller move up and in come Paul Toon, Phil Long, Lex Vaughan,and Kieren Taylor, with Kev McCarthy missing his 3rd game in' we don't know how long' how will Steadders 10 men deal with a Burley side which included two first team regulars?
Burley won the toss and decided to bat with Long and Thompson forming the Hythe attack. Stacey and first teamer Martin opening for the visitors.
Long and Thompson bowled tidy for the first 13 overs with the visitors scoring just 36, but they failed to make the breakthrough. Noel Vaughan came on to replace Thompson and took the wicket of Stacey in the 18th over, who had scored 32. Greg Livermore had replaced Long after drinks. Gunn now joined Martin and together they pushed the score along to 98 but Steadman, who had replaced Livermore, bowled Gunn in 31st over. Steadman then struck again in 34th to dismiss Martin who had made 43, the visitors now 143 for 3 off 37. Long and Livermore returned to the attack for the last 5 overs. Long struck twice in the 38th over to dismiss Burry and Mepham and again in the 42nd to claim the wicket of Tucker, however the last few overs proved expensive as Burley finished on 177 for 6. 34 scored off the last 5 overs.
After a scrumptious tea including quintessentially English scones and jam, care of Romsey Steve!, Hythe went out to bat. Paul Toon and Phil Long opening with Burry and Mepham forming the Burley attack. Hythe started strongly with 42 runs on the board by the end of over 6. However, Burry bowled Long (13) and Livermore (0) in the 7th. Romsey Steve and Toon continued to push on and by over 13 they'd reached 63 but Thompson and Jones departed by over 14. More wickets fell by 17th as Hythe brought up the 100. Toon reached his 50 in the 16th but was bowled soon after. Gray and Noah Vaughan put on 26 as Gray went , then Kieren Taylor (6), quickly followed by Lex Vaughan. This left Richard Steadman and Noel Vaughan to see Hythe home. Gallantry they went about their business in a measured and controlled manor scoring 4s, 6s, and the odd single as they frustrated the Burley attack. However Steadman was bowled in 29th by Martin for 18 which left Hythe just 9 runs short, a great effort and it left Hythe reelling what might have been if they had fielded a full side.
Performances of note, Martins 5 for 28 (Burley), P Toons 56, Longs 3 for 37, Steadmans 18 including a gigantic six, and yet again Noah Vaughan's batting.