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Hythe Through To Presidents Cup Final

Hythe Through To Presidents Cup Final

By Steve Chiverton
26th June
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Sway 108-7 H&D 111-4

Hythe & Dibden beat Sway by 6 wkts with 3 balls to spare to reach their first New Forest Presidents Cup Final for 18 Years.

With both sides fielding under strength First Teams it was Sway who batted first in gloomy conditions and made a slow start thanks to tight bowling from Stow & Gates. T.Noble & J.Dehning finally got going after the first change and reached 46 in the 8th over before Noble was out LBW to Mike Bowman for 14.

Dehning soon followed bowled by McKay for 39 inc 5x4s and a six.
McKay then bowled both Falso 2 & Hall 1 as Sway tried to force the issue. 85 for 4 off 14.

Powell removed Naylor for 2 thanks to catch from Stow. Final over saw Chalky White take the wickets of Lewis 6 & Millard 27. Sway closing on 108 for 7.

Stow finished 4 overs for 14, Gates 3 overs for 12.

With spits of rain in the air Gates & Millar started well for Hythe until at 20 Millar was caught in the deep for 6. Gates made 19 when he was caught off Bramwell for 19. Hythe 33 for 2 off 6.

Stow & Young added 43 in 6 overs before Stow was caught off Waller for 33. Waller then bowled Young for 17 to set up a tense finish.

Sway fielded very well in the gloom to take the game into the final two overs. Hythe needing 15 off 12 balls but skipper Tom Richards 24* lead by example and saw Hythe home with 3 balls to spare .

Good game in tricky light and well done to umpires Leadbetter & Forbes too.

Match Result : Hythe & Dibden Beat Sway by 6 WKts

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