A brilliant unbeaten partnership of 124 between skipper Tom Richards 78* & Craig Stow earned H&D 1st XI a 7 wkt win over 3rd place Purbrook who they now replace just outside the promotion spots.
Purbrook batted first with SPL Div 3's Player of the Month Martin Lee in fine form. But it was Carig Stow who got the early breakthough for Hythe with just 21 on the board.
Lee & Figgins took the score to 57 and looked menacing when Wakely bowled Lee for 31. That was a huge blow to the home side and they never recovered as Wakely took 3 more wickets to finish with 4-28. Tom Gates took 2-30 as Purbrook struggled to 85 for 8. Aaron Dean 23 & Tom Amiss added 32 for the 9th wicket but Ndowora dismissed Dean thanks to a fine catch by Stow then Gurney was the last man out ~ bowled by Stow. Purbrook 136 all out ~ a very good bowling & fielding display by Hythe.
Purbrook took to the field really hyped up and Amiss got them off to a great start when both Tom Gates & Zac Millar were judged LBW for 0 in the first over. Young then fell the same way 2 overs later for 5 and Hythe were 15-3 and in all sorts of trouble.
However skipper Tom Richards and Craig Stow took control of the game and put on a unbeaten partnership of 124 to win the game with 19 overs remaining.
Richards 78* inc 12 x 4s and come in 87 balls whilst Stow scored 44* inc 8x4s came in 70 balls. An excellent victory for Hythe who are now looking at home in the big league.
Match Result : Hythe & Dibden (22 pts) Beat Purbrook (2 pts) by 7 Wkts