By webmaster - July 15 2010
4th July 2010 saw Hythe embark on their 5th Devon Tour. This year they moved west to embark on 3 games in Devon and 2 in Cornwall using Plymouth as their base. With 4 new fixtures in the programme they come away with 4 wins and 1 defeat on the opening day against Whitchurch Wayfarers. That game became a reduced overs match due to persistent showers. Hythe come away with wins against top Cornwall club Callington and enjoyed victories at Cornwood, Liskaerd and Ottery St.Mary. Highlight of the tour - Bellie's excellent ton at Callington.





Hythe enjoyed a successful tour of Devon / Cornwall this year playing the full 5 games in 5 days winning 4 and losing the first game on a crazy reduced target by 2 runs. Highlight of the week has to be Ewan Bell's maiden club century which had the whole touring party on their feet applauding the likeable giant.


Hythe arrived at the lovely cricket ground of Devon village Whitchurch just as the drizzling rain started to fall. Whitchurch play in the 'D' Division of the Devon Leage and were welcoming back several Uni lads for the first time. Luke Mills was elected to captain the first game and after losing the toss - Whitchurch decided to bat first.

Russell Moore and Richard Last opened the bowling and soon had the homeside in all sorts of trouble at 3 for 3. Mills got the tour off to a top start with a fantastic catch to dismiss Church off Moore for 2. Last then dismissed E.Smith 0 and M.Kerswill 0 thanks to a Mike Edwards catch. But a partnership of 114 between R.Frost 40 and J.Meadows in 14 overs changed the complex of the game. At drinks Whitchurch were 108 for 3 heading for 200 but Matt Howe dismissed both batsman and when play stopped for heavy drizzle at 29 overs the homeside were 165 for 6.

After a fantastic tea which will be talked about for many years the captains got together about going back out. 'Punchey' after consultation from some of his own half cut players decided that Whitchurch should declare and we will chase the total 166 to win in just 20 overs !!!

With 8 an over needed Hythe needed a fast start - hence Mills opened with Matt Stark and Ewan Bell. The pair added 18 in 2.2 when Bell fell for 14. Porter made 16 including a five . Hythe at the half way stage were 75 for 2 and in with a good chance. Mike Edwards 45 and Luke Mills 26 gave it a good go as chances went down and with 2 overs left the Green Caps still required 35. DeJager smashed Frost for 2x4's and a six meaning we needed 21 off the last over. Bowman went first ball for 10 but the batsman crossed to put De Jager on strike. 6 6 6 dot wide meant just three needed off the last ball but De Jager was excellently caught in the deep off Kersill for 33 and Hythe had lost by 2 runs.

A great game to start the tour against a good bunch of guys - as for Puncheys negotiating skills in the reduced rate !!!

INNINGS OF : WHITCHURCH 165 For 6 (29 Overs)

BatsmanHow OutBowlerRuns
1. A.ChurchCt. MillsMoore2
2. R.FrostBowledHowe40
3. E.SmithCt. EdwardsLast0
4. M.KerswillBowledLast0
5. J.MeadowsCt. StarkHowe80
6. T.DunneNotOut9
7. S.TurnerL.B.WEdwards2
8. A.DickinsonNotOut4
9. M.Blowey   
10. M.Wallace   
11. S.Wallace   
Extras : 32TOTAL165 For6

Hythe Bowling

M.Howe80492 Jager51320

INNINGS OF : HYTHE 163 For 7 (20 Overs)

Set 166 in 20 Overs To Win

BatsmanHow OutBowlerRuns
1. E.BellBowledDickenson14
2. M.StarkBowledMeadows14
3. T.PorterCaughtDickensen16
4. +M.EdwardsCaughtS.Wallace45
5. *L.MillsCt & BdKerswill26
6. M.BowmanCaughtKerswill10
7. JagerCaughtKerswill33
8. R.JamesNotOut0
9. M.Howe   
10. R.Moore   
11. R.Last   
Extras : 5TOTAL163 For7



Whitchurch Beat Hythe bt 2 Runs


Mondays Game @ CALLINGTON


Mondays fixture saw the Green Caps travel 15 miles into Cornwall to play Cornish 'A' Division side Callington.

Greeted by a lovely facility Hythe were soon made welcome by a lovely big clubhouse and bar which certainly helped team selction. Captain for the day - Richie Froggett .Hythe won the toss and elected to bat first on what looked a great track. Ewan Bell and Tom Porter opened and put on 55 for the first wkt before Porter fell for 31. Matt Howe got 13 before being caught and at drinks Hythe were 80 for 2 with Bellie on 31. Told to get a move on Bellie upped the pace with Rob James looking like he relished being on home soil at the other end. The pair added 94 for the 3rd wkt before James was out caught for 5 with 6 overs to go. Bellie still needed 29 for his ton but with Kev James supporting well at the other end he brought it up with a four with 2 balls to go to great applause from his team mates. Next / last ball though he was bowled by Pook for 102 - Hythe finishing on 228 for 4.

Another fine tea and Hythe took to the field. Froggett and Edwards opened the bowling and in the 5th over Hunt was judges LBW to Froggett for 0. D.Lee looked quality at the other end and supported by chairman of selectors son A.Mortimore they added 35 before Mortimore was LBW to Edwards for 15. At drinks the home side were 95 for 2 and the game was evenly balanced. At 128 a mix up between the batsman - the unlucky A.Morris (who netted with Hythe at the Rose Bowl) was stranded by Lee at the other end and had to go for 27 thanks to a Matt Howe throw. Mike Graham bowled Cosgrove to leave Callington 149 for 4 and when Lee finally holed out to a delighted Rob James off Matt Howe for 94 - Hythe were back ahead of the game. 179 for 5 after 34 overs. Russell Moore then returned to take 3 wickets and when Howe bowled Davis for 0 Hythe had won by 24 runs in a very good game of cricket.

INNINGS OF : HYTHE 228 For 4 (40 Overs)

BatsmanHow OutBowlerRuns
1. E.BellBowledPook102
2. T.PorterSt. MorrisDavis31
3. M.HoweCt. EmmersonSmall13
4. R.JamesCt. RiddlePook55
5. +K.JamesNotOut15
6. Jager   
7. M.Graham   
8. * R.Froggett   
9. M.Stark   
10. M.Edwards   
11. R.Moore   
Extras : 11TOTAL163 For7

INNINGS OF : CALLINGTON 204 For 9 (40 Overs)

BatsmanHow OutBowlerRuns
1. D.LeeCt. R.JamesHowe94
2. M.HuntL.B.WFroggett0
3. A.MortimoreL.B.WEdwards15
4. A.MorrisRun (Howe) Out27
5. L.CosgroveBowledGraham10
6. A.EmersonBowledMoore15
7. S.PluckroseBowledMoore3
8. S.RiddleNotOut6
9. S.PookBowledMoore10
10. D.DavisBowledHowe1
11. G.JefferiesNotOut1
Extras : 22TOTAL204 For9

Hythe Bowling

R.Moore80473 Jager81370



Hythe Beat Callington by 24 Runs


Tuesdays Game @ CORNWOOD

Tuesday with weather conditions very good - Hythe returned to the lovely setting of Oak Park to face Devon 'A' clubside Cornwood. The homeside welcomed back their club captain J.Hall from a ankle injury which was supposed to keep him out for a whole season.

Hythe's captain for the day - 'The Fonz' Richard Last who won the toss and elected to bat first. Hythe opened with Mike 'magnum' Graham (supporting a hangover) and and Kev James. Magnum went all guns blazing from the start and 43 was added in just 7 overs. James went in the 8th over for 9 the first of 3 quick wickets for O'Hare as Hythe were soon 62 for 3. At drinks Hythe had moved onto 96 for 4 - Graham out for 48 which soon became 113 for 6 as the late nights caught up with the Hythe batsman. Thankfully a 7th wkt partnership of 102 between Matt Howe 50 and Tom Porter 53 took Hythe to 213 and a late flurry from Richard Last 23* took the final score to 256 for 8 - though it could be anything with Starkey being left in the scorbox on hs own..

Hythe took to the field with de Jager and Si Dixon given the job of opening the bowling. 41 was added before Dixon removed Cornwoods club captain for 12 - caught by Edwards. S.Mansfield soon followed - bowled by de Jager 24. Edwards then had Butterworth caught by Kev James for 2 - Cornwood 45 for 3.

69 for 3 at drinks - 60 was then added for the 4th wkt before Moore bowled Butterworth for 25. Mills after his first ball duck came on to break the middle order. First he removed Webster bowled for 20 and then had Dart superbly caught by Kev James for 38. Cranch was caught by Howe off Mills for 22 and the tail folded to Matt Stark - Cornwood all out for 206 - Hythe win by 50 runs

Immeadiately after the game the groundman was out there with his hose as committed as ever. Another great day at Cornwood

INNINGS OF : HYTHE 256 For 8 (40 Overs)

BatsmanHow OutBowlerRuns
1. M.GrahamRunOut48
2. +K.JamesCaughtO'Hare9
3. M.StarkCaughtO'Hare5
4. L.MillsL.B.WO'Hare0
5. R.MooreCaughtSmith4
6. M.EdwardsL.B.WCranch20
7. M.HoweCaughtMansfield50
8. T.PorterStumpedMansfield53
9. *R.LastNotOut23
10. JagerNotOut9
11. S.Dixon   
Extras : 35TOTAL256 For8


INNINGS OF : CORNWOOD 206 All Out (38.2 Overs)

BatsmanHow OutBowlerRuns
1. S.MansfieldBowledde Jager24
2. J.HallCt. EdwardsDixon12
3. B.WarrenBowledMoore25
4. M.ButterworthCt. K.JamesEdwards2
5. R.HartCt. K.JamesMills38
6. B.WebsterBowledMills20
7. J.CranchCt. HoweMills22
8. M.HawkesCt. LastStark11
9. L.SmithCt. HoweStark1
10. D.MansfieldNotOut6
11. C.O'HareBowledMills3
Extras : 42TOTAL206 AllOut

Hythe Bowling

BowlerOvMnRunsWkts Jager82161



Hythe Beat Cornwood by 50 Runs


Wednesdays Game @ LISKAERD

Wednesday and we were sat in the bar at 12.30pm wondering what we were going to do all afternoon as rain fell outside but a call to say it was sunny at Liskaerd set us on our way - back into Cornwall to face Cornish Division 2 East side Liskaerd at Lux Park. True enough cross the Tamar bridge and suddenly the ground was dry. Captain for the day - Bellie - unbeaten as captain in Devon from 2007 now into Cornwall.

Things didn't start well though as Bellie lost the toss but thankfully Liskaerd invited us to bat. Adriaan de Jager opened with Richie Froggett and a strong start was expected. 39 was added in 8 overs before Froggett fell caught off Collins for 15. Richard Last hit 5x4's in a quick fire 22 - Hythe 73 for 2 off 16 and at drinks 93 for 2.

de Jager was joined by Luke Mills and the pair added 55 before de Jager feel for 56. Mills went tonto score 70 before being run out with the score on 192. Hythe finishing on 200 for 5 off their 40 overs thanks to a late 23 not out from Rob James.

With tea not ready Hythe took to the field for 10 overs and got the breakthrough in the 8th over when Howe bowled Masden for 14. Tea 21 for 1. Mike Edwards finished off his 8 overs after tea 0-28 bringing Matt Stark and Tom Porter into the attack. In the 12th over Holt was caught by Froggett off Stark for 0 and at 75 Mote gave Stark his second wicket - caught by Matt Howe for 19. 85 for 3 at drinks and the game again was evenly poised. Cornwall Uni player - J.Hine and 2nd XI captain S.Marchant then added 50 before Hine as bowled by Porter for a very good 50. Wickets started falling quickly but whilst Marchant was still at the crease Liskaerd had a chance.

Bellie was taking no chances - as he called for his main strike force of de Jager and Froggett. de Jager bowled Collins for 2 and Froggett then dismissed three before Marchant hit Froggie for 18 in one over to take him past fifty. With 6 needed off the final over Marchant could only take a single off Matt Howe leaving a very young number 11 - C.Coates to try and hit the winning runs - which he didn't and Hythe had won by 4 runs . Steve Marchant stranded on an excellent 61 not out inc 8x4's & 6x3's. Excellent finish to a good game and Bellie stays unbeaten

INNINGS OF : HYTHE 200 For 5 (40 Overs)

BatsmanHow OutBowlerRuns
1. JagerCaughtA.Cobb56
2. R.FroggettCaughtCollins15
3. R.LastBowledHine22
4. L.MillsRunOut70
5. *E.BellBowledWilliams2
6. R.JamesNotOut23
7. M.HoweNotOut5
8. T.Porter   
9. R.Moore   
10. M.Stark   
11. M.Edwards   
Extras : 35TOTAL200 For5

INNINGS OF : LISKAERD 196 For 9 (40 Overs)

BatsmanHow OutBowlerRuns
1. K.MasdenBowledHowe14
2. M.MoteCt. HoweStark19
3. F.HoltCt. FroggettStark0
4. *J.HineBowledPorter54
5. S.MarchantNotOut61
6. A.CobbCt. PorterHowe1
7. J.CoatesBowledFroggett1
8. B.CollinsBowledde Jager2
9. B.WilliamsBowledFroggett5
10. L.CobbCt. HoweFroggett4
11. C.CoatesNotOut1
Extras : 27TOTAL196 For9

Hythe Bowling

R.Last3.10260 Jager60301



Hythe Beat Liskaerd by 4 Runs


Thursdays Game @ OTTERY ST.MARY.


Back into Devon for the final match of the tour - just outside Exeter to the lovely ground of Devon 'D' Division clubside Ottery St Mary.

With the tour numbers now down to a bare 11 the guys looked jaded but determined to finish the tour on a high - especially as Fawley had beaten Ottery the previous week on tour. Skipper for the final game - Tom Porter who won the toss and elected to bat first

Tibbles asked Simon Dixon and Mike Edwards to open but it wasn't Dixies day and he was bowled by Z.Johns for 2. Matt Howe looked set for a big score as he and Edwards added 73 for the 2nd wkt in just 12 overs. Howe was caught by Thurgate off Phillips for 37 with the score on 81. At drinks Hythe were 112 for 3 after Stark was bowled for 11. Two wickets then fell in the 120's - Tom Porter and Russell Moore both for 5. Edwards brought up his fifty with a boundary before falling with the score on 155 for 6. Ewan Bell 32 and Luke Mills 28 added 31 for the 7th wkt then de Jager hit a quick fire 17 before being bowled. Hythe finished on 237 all out in the last over - not bad for a side all tired and hung over.

Into the field and Porter opened with de Jager and Mills. de Jager dismissed Mansfield for 2 thanks to a good catch from Froggett. At drinks Ottery had struggled to 61 for 1 against some tight bowling from Chiverton and Mills. Edwards came on and with his first ball had Dean well caught by Chiverton one handed at gully for 39. Thurgate was then run out by the alert Bell and soon afterwards - Forbes was well stumped by Matt Howe off Edwards for 39. - Ottery 94 for 4 off 27. The 6ft 7 inch frame of Ottery captain R.Johns looked to be the one hope of the Devon side getting anywhwere near Hythe's total but after smashing 2 fours he holed out to de Jager off Moore for 11.

A.Clements supporting a Fawley shirt scored 31 not out and with Z.Johns and added 46 but it was a case of seeing out the overs and Ottery had finished on 157 for 6 - Hythe had won by 80 runs but a pleasure to play at such a nice venue..

INNINGS OF : HYTHE 237 All Out (40 Overs)

BatsmanHow OutBowlerRuns
1. S.DixonBowledZ.Johns2
2. M.EdwardsBowledGitsham55
3. +M.HoweCaughtJ.Phillips37
4. M.StarkBowledR.Johns11
5. *T.PorterCaughtForbes5
6. R.MooreCaughtR.Johns5
7. E.BellCaughtForbes32
8. L.MillsCaughtWhittingham28
9. JagerBowledWhittingham17
10. R.FroggettCt & BdForbes12
11. S.ChivertonNotOut1
Extras : 31TOTAL237 AllOut

INNINGS OF : OTTERY St. MARY 157 For 6 (40 Overs)

BatsmanHow OutBowlerRuns
1. A.DeanCt. ChivertonEdwards39
2. N.MansfieldCt. Froggettde Jager2
3. S.ForbesSt. HoweEdwards39
4. A.ThurgateRun ( Bell) Out0
5. *R.JohnsCt. de JagerMoore11
6. A.ClementsNotOut31
7. Z.JohnsCt. Porterde Jager17
8. T.PhillipsNotOut2
9. B.Williams   
10. L.Cobb   
11. C.Coates   
Extras : 16TOTAL157 For6

Hythe Bowling

BowlerOvMnRunsWkts Jager82262



Hythe Beat Ottery St. Mary by 80 Runs