HYTHE 3rd XI vs LANGLEY MANOR 4th XI
Saturday 17th July
MEAD BROTHERS SHOOT HYTHE 3rds BACK TO THE TOP
|Josh MEAD 4-27||Sam MEAD 65*|
With Ampfield losing for the second week running - Hythe 3rd XI beat Langley Manor at Boltons Bench to go back to the top of Central 4.
The Mead brothers did most of the damage - Josh taking 4 for 27 brother Sam scored 65 not out as Langley Manor made the green caps work hard to get their 166 to win with 8 balls remaining.
Hythe had to hire Boltons Bench for this home fixture and a special thanks to Andy Tull and Ashurst CC for their support. On a dry but blowy afternoon Tony North won the toss and elected to field first. Kev McCarthy and Ian Prentice opened the bowling for Hythe and after 10 overs Langley Manor had moved onto 34 for 0 - the Hythe bowlers finding extra movement difficult to control in the cross wind.
The breakrthough did come finally in the 13th over when Prentice had Hillman trapped LBW for 14. From 42 for 1 Langley were soon 63 for 6. Josh Mead had Harvey caught by dad Gareth at mid on for 17 then Tom Richards caught an excellent catch at mid wicket for Prentices second wicket to dismiss Ferris 8. Prentice ended his 10 overs 2-20 before Josh Mead dismissed W.Hillman for 1 and then Zac Millar run out Arnison for 0. The 6th wicket came when Josh Mead bowled Batten for 3.
Langley Manor did claw there way back into the game through young Antony Tull. Last year he was playing bronze for Totton & Eling - now Central 4 !!! At 83 though he lost another partner when Chiverton had Jewell LBW for 1. Mead finished his first 6 over spell with an impressive 3-17. At 101 Chiverton bowled Ebbs for 1. Tull and captain A.Rye then added 35 for the 9th wicket before Chiverton bowled Tull for a very good 59.
In the last over Hythe secured maximum bowling points when Mead returned to bowl Tame for 4 - Langley Manor all out for a testing 162.
After another excellent Mead/Millar tea Hythe opened with North and Millar. The pair started cautiously against some good bowling and fine fielding. 38-0 after 14 before Millar had a rush of blood tried a reverse sweep and was caught by Jewell for 10. Hythe's top batsman Tom Richards came in at 3 with a sore hand (from his catch earlier) only to be run out for 0 and when North was bowled by Tull for 25 - Hythe were 55 for 3 at the half way stage and 162 seemed a long way off.
Sam Mead was joined by Mike Graham but at 77 he was caught by Hillman for 8 and when Stovell was bowled for 9 Hythe were 111 for 5 off 32 needing 5 an over. Gareth Mead looked in good nick before being caught for 8 - 132 for 6 off 36. Sam Mead though looked in no nonsense form as he went to his fifty. Joined by Ian Prentice they sensibly loked for the singles and smashed the bad balls. Finally they got the winning run with 8 balls remaining - Sam Mead 65 not out inc 8x4's & 1x6 Ian Prentice 8 not out.
Hythe back to the top of the league - lets hope they're still there when the Meads return in 5 weeks.
An excellent game played in very good spirit as confirmed by the Devon Under 15 manager on the boundary who couldn't believe this was a game from Hampshire's lowest division. Special praise too to the Langle Manor umpire who was fair and excellent throughout.
Toss Won by : Hythe
Innings of : LANGLEY MANOR 162 All Out (41.3 Overs)
|2. +N.Harvey||Ct. G.Mead||J.Mead||17|
|3. P.Ferris||Ct. Richards||Prentice||8|
|4. T.Arnison||Run ( Millar||) Out||0|
|Extras - 27||TOTAL||162 All||Out|
Innings of : HYTHE 166 For 6 (40.4 Overs)
|Extras - 33||TOTAL||166 For||6|
Langley Manor Bowling
RESULT : HYTHE 3rd XI (24pts) Beat LANGLEY MANOR 4th XI (8pts) by 4 Wkts