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Then & Now

Then & Now

By Steve Chiverton
10 June
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Comparing SPL Starts


So Hythe & Dibden's return to the SPL has started ok. After 6 games we are 2-3 and apart from Bashley so far there's nothing much between the sides.

Personally we were lucky to beat Tichbourne Park , played shockingly at Trojans and the Purbrook game was always going to be difficult with Hux's wedding taking our top 4 batsman and another 3 unavailable.

As a comparison so how did our first venture in the SPL back in 1978 differ.
Well for a start we only had two sides in those days rather than 4.
The team was Captained by Brian Buck and they too had a game called off in their first six but their record was 1-4 to our 2-3.

Below are their first five games ~ Note the scores are slightly higher nowadays

Poole 122 for 8 (T.Rawlins 6-68, B.Sexton 1-81, P.Pick 1-32)
Hythe 91 for 5 (T.Rawlins 27*, T.Jerrim 17*, J.Breeze 16)

Poole Won by 31 Runs

Hythe 115 for 9 (B.Buck 32, T.Rawlins 17, B.Sexton 13, M.Swanton 13*)
Trojans 116 for 4 (B.Sexton 2-31, P.Pick 1-23, T.Rawlins 1-43)

Trojans Won by 6 Wkts

Hythe 191 all out (B.Sexton 54*, G.Knights 27, T.Jerrim 26, B.Buck 18)
Lymington 126 all out (M.Swanton 4-24, T.Rawlins 3-25)

Hythe Won by 65 Runs

Hythe 84 all out (B.Buck 23, G.Knights 15, T.Jerrim 14)
Old Tauntonians 85 for 4 (T.Rawlins 2-27, B.Sexton 2-37)

Old Tauntonians Won by 6 Wkts

Deanery 146 all out (B.Sexton 4-38, T.Rawlins 3-28, M.Swanton 2-41)
Hythe 119 for 9 (M.Swanton 40, T.Rawlins 21, T.Jerrim 15, B.Sexton 13)

Deanery Won by 27 Runs

Hythe finished 14 of 16 in their first season and a certain Wayne Effeny made his SPL 1st team debut with 1-36 at Waterlooville.

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