Club History Part 4 1989-2000
1989 - Phil Pick stated that 1989 was not a happy one for the club despite managing to persuade Paul Whitlock back to the club. The playing strength was poor and it was sad to see the club relegated in its first year in County 1 after losing all 17 games - despite the sterling work of skipper Grant Smith. Grant scored 285 runs @ 23.7. He and Mike Swanton 281 runs @ 15.5 were the only two players to have scored over 200 runs during the season.
Smith said this wasn't good enough and hoped we would find our level in County Division 2. George Harris (29 wkts @ 28.5) carried the bowling.
The Second XI started their Hampshire life in South West 1 but the season started badly when they lost skipper Brian Glasspool after a month due to a disagreement with Phil Pick and Simon Bailey had to take over. They won just one game and finished 17th. Sean Tongs (162 runs) & Simon Bailey (153 runs) topped the batting whilst Keith Yarnell (16 wkts) inc 5-49 vs Littleton & Ian Greenwood (16 wkts ) topped the bowling.
Sid Shirazi took 5-42 vs Fordingbridge. Meanwhile Tony Woodhouses 3rd XI had a mid table finish despite using 37 players during the season. Tony himself won the Parks League Bowler of the Year.
The lack of players even got to Sundays where fixture secreatary Richard Thomas had to call of several matches for the firsts because of a lack of players. Of the games they did play they won 6 which was creditable. Grant Smith and Richard Knight both scored over 400 runs - David Wright took 30 wkts inc 7-47 vs Follands & George Harris 20 wkts.
One consilation out of a bad season was Alan Wiltshire's Under 14's who had won the New Forest Cup & finished runners up in the league.
1990 - Another season of disappointment with the First XI being relegated from County 2 winning 4 games and finishing 18th.
There were some highlights and definate improvements. Nick Tustain joined the club and Wayne Effeny returned. Grant Smith (101* vs AWE Tadley) & Steve Pinder 108* vs Easton & Martyr Worthy both scored tons & Paul Whitlock took 28 wkts inc 7-21 vs AWE Tadley.
Tustain had a good first season and scored 97* in the win over Hook & Newhams.
The Seconds finished 17th after winning four games. Richie Coxall & Tony North had some good knocks but Kevin Glass side were inconsistent.
Hythe 3rd XI under the evergreen Alan Wiltshire finished 8th of 12 in the New Forest Div 4.
Sunday performances were few and far between - Ian Greenwood scored 70 & took 4-16 vs Longlands whilst Steve Chiverton took 8-35 at Pylewell Park & Paul Whitlock took 6-37 vs Portsmouth. George Harris put in some strong performances for the Sunday firsts.
1990 also marked the retirement of First XI umpire - Tom Dexter after 15 years service. A great performance. Steve Rowbottom also did a good job looking after the bars.
1991 - Nick Tustain in only his second season, captained the Firsts for the first time. Despit finishing 7th a restructure od the league meant that they were relagated for the fourth consecutive year and would play in County for in 1992. Dave Kempton was the only batsman to get past 300 runs. The bowlers did much better with Paul Whitlock and Wayne Effeny taking 21 wickets. Pete Stevens (18 wkts) and Matt Atkinson (14 wkts) chipped in well.
Not so good for the Second XI - Richie Coxall's side finished bottom winning just one game in Comination West. Paul Summers topped the bowling averages whilst Robin Green topped the batting. Richie Coxall, Tony North, Dominic O'Brien & Robin Green nall scored half centuries, Brian Marwood contributed with bat & ball.
Hythe 3rd XI captained by Mike Osmond finish bottom of the New Forest Division 5 however did they manage to win 2 games which will give them heart. Mike Osmond (164 runs) , Ben Kendrick (134 runs) & Josh Rawlins (138 runs) made it into the league batting averages. Mike complained about the poor quality pitch at Claypits Lane. No such problem at Hythe - Pete Stevens and Kev Glass once again provided an excellent batting wicket at Hythe.
The Sunday XI continued to improve winning more regularly with young players Stuart Price, Karl Morgan & Ben Kendrick starting to make their mark along side regular First Team players Paul Whitlock & George Harris.
HYTHE & DIBDEN COLTS
Without doubt the most successful Colts season to date with Hythe Under 16's finished Runners Up in the League & Cup.
Syd Shirazi's lads finished below Bramshaw after winning 5 of 6 games played.
They were beaten in the Cup Final by Michelmersh & Timsbury.
Stuart Price the New Forest Colts Bowler of the Year & Robert Hart Wicket Keeper of The Year. Hythe Under 12's managed by Alan Wiltshire won the 16 team strong Esso Fawley 6 a side competition
1992 - The First had a better season finishing 7th in County 4 however skipper Nick Tustain felt they should have done better and gained promotion. Thankfully though Hythe had found their laegue strength at last.
The good finish was largely down to the bowling of Paul Whitlock with (33 wkts) and Wayne Effeny( 29 wkts) backed up by Pete Stevens (18 wkts). With the bat Nick Tustain scored 316 runs inc 113 vs Castle.
The Second XI & Third XI managed to win just one game between them and both finished bottom respectively. Tony North had a decent season fir the 2's whist Mike Osmond proved a one man band for the 3's with the bat. Unfortunatley Robin had a nightmare of a season with a struggle for players and the side was relegated to the Combination League.
The thirds were very weak and propped up the bottom league making Nick Tustain ask the question should the club run three sides. Mike Osmond the third team skipper praised the wickets at Gang Warily that had been prepared by Pete Stevens. Robin Grren scored a maiden century for the
2nd XI at Hyde scoring 102* which inc 16x4's and a six. He put on 174 for the first wkt with Dom O'Brien 74 as Hythe posted 276 for 6- yet they still lost by 8 wkts.
The biggest changes for the club in 1992 was on Sundays. The Sunday First XI entered the Noel Fisher Trophy for the first time which would give them stronger fixtures whilst Tony North would captain the Seconds for the first time. A capacity he would hold for 10 years and making Hythe Sunday XI into one of the strongest Sunday clubsides in Hampshire.
The Sunday First XI had a mixed season. George Harris stated that in June and July things got better thanks to good all round efforts from Paul Whitlock, whilst Simon Pearson, Ben Kendrick, Stuart Price and Karl Morgan all did very well.
The Sunday Seconds enjoyed 7 wins with Richie Coxall and Ian Kenworthy showing the way with the bat and Steve Chiverton, Tony Woodhouse and Dominic O'Brien leading the way with the ball.
In the colts section Ben Kendrick 143* and Stuart Price 57* broke the New Forest Colts Record with a stand of 200 in an Under 16 game. Andrew Curtis had been invited to attend the County Colts Nets during the winter. Pete Stevens once again did a fine job on the wickets at Hythe.
1993 - A good team spirit created by skipper Nick Tustain and his vice captain Wayne Effeny saw the First XI finish in mid table 8th position in Division 4.
The season started badly as they won only 2 of their first seven games but then they won seven of their last nine.
The bowling of Paul Whitlock and Matt Atkinson was a major influence on the turn around whilst Grant Smith (309 runs @ 30.9) leading the batting. Tustain promoted Whitlock to open the batting and he scored 336 runs @ 30.5 inc 80* vs Castle.
Mike Osmond took over the Seconds at the last minute and turned round a demorilised team into a lower mid table team. With four wins they secured their place in the division for another season (15th).
Martin Baileys Thirds finished bottom with a lack of players most weeks. Martin used 39 players in all. A score of 180 was only acheived twice whilst only four batsman averaged a score in double figures.
The Sunday First struggled with players said skipper Sean Tongs but it also wasn't helped with a weak fixture list. Ben Kendrick showed his great potential scoring 104* vs Hyde Ramblers. Steve Chiverton took 7-19 vs Pylewell Park for the Second XI who toured Wales in May. where Kev James scored an unbeaten century 109* to give Hythe their first victory on Welsh soil against Cross Keys. Steve Chiverton took 5-47.
On the downside for the club Mark Wiltshire hung up his bat after 19 years with the club. Mark started with the youth set up in 1974 and worked his way through the senior sides to be a regular first team player. Sadly dad Alan Wiltshire also left the club after 35 years service. Instrumental in setting up the colts he was badly missed when he left.
1994 - A 10th place position was acheived for the Firsts after 6 wins and 7 defeats. Nick Tustain (302 runs @ 43) said that the batting let the side down with only four batsman scoring fifties all season. Paul Whitlock (25 wkts) Wayne Effeny (21 wkts) & Ben Kendrick (20 wkts ) had good seasons with the ball - well supported by Matt Atkinson (16 wkts). Effeny took 7-33 vs Fareham & Crofton whilst Whitlock took 6-9 vs Alton.
Whitlock scored 69 in the same game.The spirit remained good in the side and a four day tour to Scotland was a great success.
The Second XI avoided relegation on a technicality after a poor start to the season. It didn't help by losing the captain John Moore early in the season. Martin Anderson took over.
Mike Osmond again ran the Third XI skipper was frustrated after feeding the Seconds for most of the season which resulted in him playing with a weakened side or 10 players - they finished 14th. Osmond scored 227 runs @ 22 finishing 11th in the league averages.
The Sunday side was hampered early on with an injury to skipper Sean Tongs. Paul Whitlock took over and the side enjoyed a good season with the score of a 190 an average. If the bowling improved then Whitlock said the side would do well in 1995. Ben Kendrick batted well and made a stunning 154 against St.Cross. Karl Morgan was praised for his bowling particularly for his 5 for 35 against Winchester.
The Sunday Seconds enjoyed a very good season losing just one game. both games. Ian Kenworthy, Kev James and Tony North starred with the bat whilst Pete Jessney and Paul Summers were the main wicket takers. They also enjoyed a second tour to Wales winning one and losing one.
Brian Marwood took over the colts section whilst Sean Tongs took on the square in the absence of Pete Stevens who was stepping down.
1995 - There was changes on the pitch for the new season with Wayne Effeny stepping down from first team duties to captain the seconds and Martin Anderson ran the thirds.
Ian Tinson took over as First XI skipper from Nick Tustain and the First XI enjoyed a good season finishing fourth and narrowly missing out on a promotion spot. Once again Paul Whitlock with the ball was the main contibuter toping the league averages with 26 wickets at 7.69. Ben Kendrick (23 wkts) & Andy Collins (21 wkts) gave excellent support.
Ian Tinson headed the batting scoring 387 runs, Mark Thacker hit 341 runs and Whitlock unluckily missed out on a maiden league century making 99 in a stand of 170 with Tinson who insisited that the season was a success becuase of a good all round team performance. Whitlock alos took 6 wkts on consecutive Saturdays 6-21 vs Fareham & Crofton & 6-13 vs Rotherwick.
Wayne Effeny said that his Second XI side struggled during early season and relied heavily on 2/3 players. But confidence grew and the side finished 16th. Effeny singled out Pete Curtis for his performances and the hard work of Sean Tongs on the square.
Martin Anderson reported that his Third XI once again avoided the drop thanks largely to the influx of new players from the Army Camp. Richard Froggett drew special praise.
The Sunday First XI struggled at times for players making the job difficult for captain Paul Whitlock. They finished bottom of the Noel Fisher group table. The Sunday Seconds were more a social side and players were reluctant to move across to the First XI.
The Sunday Seconds enjoyed another fine season winning 11 and losing 2 games. Tony North scored his first century for the club against the Military Port and Ian Kenworthy topped the batting averages whilst Danny Wastell, Dominic O'Brien, Steve Chiverton and Pete Jessney all had a good season with the ball. Kev James scored 103* vs Enichem whilst rain effected Hythe's Welsh tour. Only one game played against Welsh Conference side Sully in which Hythe surprisingly won thanks to Pete Jessney's 5-4 off 9.
In the Colts section Brian Marwoods Under 13's enjoyed a good season finishing fourth.
1996 - started with the unfortunate retirement of Nick Tustain and Ian Tinson standing down as captain, Wayne Effeny moved back to the Firsts to captain the side.
Sean Tongs took over the Seconds with Martin Anderson running the Thirds. Mark Daniels took over the struggling Sunday First XI side with the hope of finding new players for the side.
The season started with the news that Richard Thomas had stepped down as secretary after thirty years.Thomas decision was made easier after he was disillusioned with the number of fixtures he had to call off for the Sunday First XI. Mark Thacker took over the role which was going to be hard to follow in Richards foot steps.
Wayne Effeny said he was pleased with an 8th place finish. The First XI had bowled well throughout the season with Mark West taking (23 wkts) Ben Kendrick (23 wkts) & Paul Whitlock (22 wkts).However their batting once again let them down Wayne Effeny scored 339 runs @ 26.1, Ian Tinson 336 @ 30.5 inc 101* vs Alton. Paul Whitlock added 286 runs & Ben Kendrick 244 runs. Matt Atkinson took 6-23 @ Alton whilst Whitlock retunred 6-31 @ Crondall.
Sean Tongs Second XI struggled throughout the season to finish second from bottom whilst Martin Anderson's 3rd XI finished a good season 5th. Pete Stevens (250 runs) inc 102 @ Ellingham & Sean Tongs (245 runs) topped the batting whilst Chalky White's 18 wkts topped the bowling. For the 3rds Richie Froggett topped 378 runs & took 31 wkts whilst John Fidler took 6-7 @ Bisterne.
The Sunday First XI continued to struggle for players and cancelled a number of games. It was questioned whether we could continue to run two Sunday sides with the lack of players.
The Sunday Seconds continued to do well though the tour to Wales was disappointing with only nine players going on tour. They however gained victory over Blaina by 10 wkts. Sean Tongs hit 108* for the Sunday 2nds vs Nursling & Rownhams.
1997 - Mark Thacker resigned as secretary and Steve Chiverton decided to take over. Dave Danson took over as skipper of the First XI and the Sunday Firsts a difficult proposition.. Laurence Marchant took over the Seconds with Billy Ogle taking over a Third XI.
The First XI had a good season finishing 4th. Dave Danson topped the batting average with an average of 55.43 and 388 runs. No centuries were scored yet two players got to 99 - Dave Danson 99* & Stuart Price 99. Ben Kendrick scored 312 runs @ 34.7 whilst Wayne Effeny scored 300 @ 23.1.
The bowling was yet again our biggest strength. Paul Whitlock topped the league averages with 8.56 taking 39 wickets in the process which won him the league bowling award. His best was 7-24 against Poole & Poole OG. Wayne Effeny offered great support taking 32 wickets at an average of 11.56. Ben Kendrick (17 wkts) & Stu Price (13 wkts) also contributed.
The Second XI struggled and had Billy Ogle to thank on several occasions for feeding him players. The team finished second from bottom again winning two matches. Richie Froggett scored 306 runs & took 20 wkts for the 2nd XI.
The Thirds had a good season finishing fourth, winning 8 out of 13 matches. Ogle used 38 players to fulfill his fixtures.
Tony Wood topped the averages with an average of 40.25. Richie Froggett scored the clubs only century - 128* Vs Ellingham and sharing in a club record 5th wkt stand of 202 with Andy Goodchilds.
John Fidler was the top bowler taking 23 wickets at an average of 10.52. Mo Yousef and Brian Bothwell also had good seasons with the ball taking 18 wickets each.
The Sunday XI had a better season with thanks largely to Paul Whitlock who averaged 182.50 with the bat. His 365 runs included a 107* against Fareham & Crofton.
Pete Curtis took the maost wickets 15 whilst Stuart Price topped the bowling averages with 14 at 15.57.
The Sunday 2nd XI won 10 and lost 5 of their fixtures including a successful two day tour of Kent.
Kev James topped the batting with an average of 46.40 whilst Simon Dixon scored the only century 104 against Brockenhurst.
Veteran Tony Woodhouse topped the bowling averages at 16.20 whilst Steve Chiverton took most wickets 23.
1998 - A season that promised much turned into a nightmare said skipper Wayne Effeny, and due to lack of quality players the First XI finished third from bottom and were relegated to County Division 5. What didn't make matters any better was that games against the bottom two sides were called off because of the weather.
Effeny praised however Paul Whitlock for another fine season with the ball as he finished 3rd in the league bowling averages taking 25 wickets at 11.50.
The Second XI also finished 16th - Tony Wood praised his Second XI for their team spirirt after winning 4 games. Wood said thngs wern't helped by late call ups for players from the First XI.
With no First XI game - Wayne Effeny played for the 2's at Swan Green and hit 160*. Whitlock also played and got 5-25. Chalky White took 6-21 @ Milford on Sea.
Richie Froggett took 16 wkts despite shuffling between the 2's and 3's.
Billy Ogle's 3rd XI finished 4th in New Forest Division 3 despite using 45 players in the process. Ogle felt the side would have done even better but for the poor state of the pitch at Clayfields.
Simon Benfield topped the batting averages at 24.25 whilst John Fidler again starred with the ball taking 34 wickets at an average of 6.85 which won him the divisions bowling award.
The Sunday XI captained by Tony North was now a strong unit with well over 18 players looking for a game each week. The team finished the season losing just three games. Vice Captian Ian Kenworthy praised the young players coming through - Ewan Bell, Simon Wright and Matt Miller.
12 fifties were scored during the season by 8 different players yet no centuries were scored. Paul Whitlock scored the most runs 444 and Simon Dixon topped the averages 40.75. Pete Jessney topped the bowling taking 20 wickets at 14.40. Hythe toured Kent for the first time and earned themselves 2 draws.
1999 - The Start of Hythe's Resurgence
The big shock pre season was the decision of Dave Danson and Wayne Effeny to leave the club. Effeny had been with the club a number of years and his decision shocked everyone.
Paul Whitlock took over as First XI captain and installed new standards and enthusiasm into the side. With the First XI now only one division away from the Regional Leagues he made it clear that relegation was not an option, practice nights would be re-introduced and all players encouraged to attend. A late decision was made to pull out of running a third team, - Billy Ogle stepped up to run the Saturday 2nd XI.
The First XI finished mid table (10th) in County 5 but Whitlock was not too disheartened as he felt with one or two new players the club could push for promotion, the team spirit was tremendous and the Second Team players from the previous year - Mike Bowman, Tony Wood, Ian Kenworthy and others performed creditably. Whitlock also praised the work done by Billy Ogle who was very supportive of the First XI needs. Mike Edwards (411 runs) topped the run getting inc 104 vs Crown Taverners. Sean Tongs made 290 runs & Paul Whitlock 240. A youthful Simon Wright finished 16th in the leagues batting averages. Whitlock was exceptional with the ball as well - 34 wkts @ 9.50 inc. Mike Edwards took 23 & Matt LeFroy 19.
The Second XI finished 16th and Billy Ogle felt they did well considering the sides average age was over 30 and that the only strike bowler he had was John Fidler with doggy knees. He stressed that the club needed more youngsters moving into adult cricket.
The Second XI however reached the Stones Cup Final but lost in the final to New Milton with Fidler away on army duty..
ALDERMAN STONE CUP FINAL
HYTHE 2nd XI Vs NEW MILTON
Team: B.Ogle (capt), M.Holden, T.Vaughan, M.Daniels, S.Berry, P.Stevens, P.Jessney, I.White, S.Chiverton, S.LeGrandes, R.Hempton
New Milton 153 for 3(P.Jessney 2-48, S.Chiverton 1-29)
Hythe 114 for 6(P.Stevens 35, S.Berry 29)
New Milton Won by 39 Runs[/centre]
Richard Hatley topped the batting averages 198 runs at 28.28 whilst Pete Stevens scored the most runs 253 including 98 against King Sombourne. John Fidler (17 wkts) & Pete Stevens (15 wkts ) topped the wicket taking.
The Sunday XI enjoyed some good close games especially in Kent where they beat two top Kent Invicta sides - one vs Upchurch with a last ball four by Stu Price.
Paul Whitlock topped the batting averages on a Sunday scoring 475 runs at an average of 95.00 which included four fifties.
Stuart Price topped the bowling averages taking 22 wickets at 13.59, Steve Chiverton took 20 wkts @ 16.30.
The Indoor side had won promotion now two years running. Their only two defeats come against OT's & Romsey and Locksheath.
2000 - The turn of the century and a new era for the club. With the new league structure the club were nowback in County Division 4. The pre season started well with all 1999 captains standing again and showing stability and a fresh approach around the club.
Phil Pick had stepped down as Chairman a position he had held since 1997 due to effects of a car accident. Tony Woodhouse took over the role with Terry Doel continuing as Vice Chairman.
The decision was made to find a overseas player and Lee Fraser was brought to the club. Two days later a second overseas player arrived - Dave Ryan but by accident - he was over here on a back packing holiday and we snapped him up for our Second XI.
The First XI season was a fairly successful one finishing 8th as the side won 8 of 13 games. They also reached the New Forest Presidents Cup Final only to lose to Southern League Bashley in the final. They did however beat Southern League Calmore in the Semi-Finals - a great achievemnet.
7th July - New Forest Presidents Cup Final
Vs BASHLEY RYDAL
Hythe Team : P.Whitlock (Capt), S.Wright, K.James, S.Tongs, S.Crowe, M.Edwards, B.Kendrick, R.Froggett, D.Ryan, M.LeFroy, M.Bowman
Bashley Rydal 139 for 7
Hythe 83 for 9 (B.Kendrick 29*, R.Froggett 21)
Bashley Rydal Won by 56 Runs
Tony Woodhouse said that Paul Whitlock had to be praised for bringing a great team spirit and discipline to the side that had been lacking for several years.
Whitlock himself enjoyed the season but felt that the side never recovered from the loss of Lee Fraser just days before the cup final. Fraser had dominated during the early season and formed a formidable partnership with Simon Wright.
Fraser averaged 112.50 with the bat scoring 450 runs in just 7 innings. It included 3 consecutive centuries (126* vs Bishops Waltham, 119 vs I.B.M Hursley & 107 vs Farehaven) and 1 fifty. Simon Wright also scored a maiden league ton vs Farehaven 108* as he averaged 41.27 scoring 454 runs in 13 innings with 3 fifties as well. Whitlock felt however that despite some good individual scores the middle order fell well below what was neede to gain promotion.
Paul Whitlock lead from the front with the bowling, averaging just 11.00 with the ball after taking 31 wickets in 118 overs.He praised the support he got from Mike Edwards (18 wkts), Matt Le Froy (14 wkts) & Richard Froggett (13 wkts) and young leg spinner Ewan Bell showed great promise. It was to be unfortunately Matt LeFroy's last season with the club as he took up a post as a minister. LeFroy took 63 wickets during the past four seasons at an average of 23.2.
The Second XI finished 11th thanks largely to the strike partnership of Dave Ryan and John Fidler. Ryan took 44 wickets at an average of 9.04 whilst Fidler took 16 wickets at 24.80. John Alderman topped the batting at an average of 41.50 but Ryans runs were also useful. He hit two fifties in 354 runs from 13 innings.
Sadly it was to be the last season for John Fidler at the club due to being posted overseas. Fidler during the past four years took 90 wickets at an average of 14.3 not bad for a guy with dodgy knees.
Kev Luke and Tony Wood shared in a 150 run partnership against Ellingham.
The Sunday XI had a successful season remaining unbeaten throughout. They also enjoyed a four day tour to Kent.
Lee Fraser dominated early season whilst Paul Whitlock and Simon Dixon shared a unbeaten double century stand 209* against Salisbury Wanderers. Mike Bowman acheived a hat trick against PCS Cormorants and match figures of 5-16.
Paul Whitlock topped the batting averages at 68.50 scoring 411 runs from 15 innings whilst Lee Fraser scored most runs 582 in just 7 knocks.
There were 3 centuries during the season-Lee Fraser 2-122 vs O.T's & Romsey & 117* vs Robins and Simon Dixon-126* Vs Salisbury Wanderers
Steve Chiverton topped the bowling averages taking 27 wickets at 10.33. Mike Bowman 25 wkts and Ewan Bell 22 also had good seasons.
Billy Ogle and Brian Marwood continued to do sterling work with the colts.
Club History Part 4 2001-2012
2001 Season – Hythe 1st XI - County Div 4 Champions - 13-0 Record - 20.92 Average HCL Record
Quite simply the best season by any Hythe team in the last 18 years and the first senior league title for 25 years.
Paul Whitlock once again captained the First XI and pre season was boosted by the news that Associated British Ports would sponsor the club, and on the playing front Whit's had persuaded Wayne Effeny to return to the club and recruit BAT’s Kevin James & his brother Rob from Cornwall League Cricket. Richard Froggett was instrumental in bringing over 18 year old Eugene Burzler from SA as Hythe’s overseas player.
Kev James joining the club was the key in taking the club forward and the start of the very healthy colts section which the club still has to date. Kev and his wife Elaine took on the responsibility of overseeing the colts section and from that season the club just lifted and came out of the basement. Three colts sides were set up and the club was suddenly inundated with kids.
An amazing season followed for the First’s - winning all 13-league games to capture the title with a new league record 20.92 point average. Hythe again made the final of the Presidents Cup crushing Southern League New Milton in the semi-final but narrowly losing a thriller of a final to Southern League & defending Cup champions Bashley by just 7 runs.
29th June - New Forest Presidents Final
Hythe’s bowlers were fantastic all season with the skipper Whitlock taking a career best 7-7 in the first game of the season and he won the league bowling award again with 39 wickets at an of average of 7.31, Burzler picked up 32 wickets at 12.84, Froggett 16 wickets at 16.06 including career best figure of 8-12 against Andover, and Mike Edwards 19 wickets at 17.53.
Richard Froggett also had the unwanted record of 76 wides in a league season to go with his 16 wickets..
The batsmen were seldom ever required to score many runs as Hythe bowled first most weeks but still Burzler scored 381 runs at 54.43 average and Rob James 314 runs at 44.86 average. A magnificent effort from all the players and something they should be very proud of.
Billy Ogle once again captained the Second XI and thanks to a strong end of season winning their last four games this enabled them to finish mid table, which was better than expected after losing the services of Dave Ryan. 34 players were used during the season and once again Paul Whitlock was quick to praise Ogle for his support to the First XI. Tony Wood topped the batting averages at 25.31 scoring 329 with a highest score of 73 against Salisbury Wanderers. Ian Kenworthy also had a decent season averaging 24.17.
With the bowling Steve Chiverton topped the bowling with an average of 19.20 however Chalky White again was the highest wicket taker at 13.
Tony North continued as Sunday skipper and the team was in dominant form throughout the season, and enjoyed another successful tour of Kent. Kevin James & Eugene Burzler put on a record first wicket partnership of 242 against Merlin, as Hythe topped 200 runs on 7 occasions.
Paul Whitlock topped the batting averages scoring 536 runs at 89.33, including 103* against Esso (Fawley), Eugene Burzler scored 530 at 55.89 including a maiden century, 143 against Merlin, and Simon Wright scored 633 runs at 48.69. The skipper North narrowly missed out on a second club hundred scoring an unbeaten 98. Burzler who took 28 wickets at just 10.11 average, and Ewan Bell who bagged 19 wickets at 14.47 average dominated the bowling. And there were plenty of good contributions from Mike Bowman, Steve Chiverton, Stuart Price & young up and coming player David Guymer.
The year ended though with the very sad news that Matt Miller a very promising cricketer with the club was killed in a car accident, are thoughts went out to Kevin. Elaine, Steve and Darren.
2002 Season – Promotion to County 2 - Runners up 14-1 Record
Hythe's promotion was greeted with approval from many clubs. John Neal the secretary at Bashley stood up at the Cross Solent AGM to vote Hythe into the league and also state how great it was to see Hythe back on the up, a comment which was acknowledged with approval by Lymington, Hursley Park and B.AT Sports.
The Season started with the news that First XI skipper Paul Whitlock after a 3 year stint was stepping down and Kevin James took over although due to personal reasons needed a break mid way through the season and brother Rob stepped up from Vice to see the team through to another promotion.
The First XI won 14 of 15 and should have won the lost game, they were the best side in the league and won their games by much bigger margins than eventual winner Fair Oak but the narrow loss to them was costly.
Eugene Burzler 678 runs and Wayne Effeny 513 runs dominated with the bat and both made impressive 100’s, Burzler making a brilliant134 no and Effeny an excellent 124 no, there were also good contributions from Rob James, Simon Dixon and Sean Tongs.
Burzler also had a great year with the ball taking 36 wickets and picking up three 5 for’s in the process, Paul Whitlock 24 wickets incl. one 5 for & Richie Froggett also 24 wickets both did well with Effeny 15 wickets giving good support.
Despite the First XI's success the Second XI struggled all season and were unfortuately relegated finishing bottom after winning just two of fourteen games. Tony North had decided to captain the Seconds XI after a decade of running the Sunday side but the presure of trying to get a decent team out each week took its toll and he stepped down midway though the season due to work committments.
Northy was a great servent to the club moulding the Sunday side to one of the strongest in Hampshire. It was a shame that some people won't remember him for that but for the season he walked away mid way through the season. Gary Howe and Pete Stevens topped the batting averages at 24.27 whilst the emerging Dave Guymer scored a best 78* against Mudeford. Chalky White took 20 wickets in a season that the Hythe bowlers struggled.
The Sunday XI had a new captain in Mike Bowman who had the tough task of playing both friendlies and Cross Solent League games as Hythe had decided on playing more competitive games on Sunday’s due to the lack of competitive fixtures.
In the Cross Solent Hythe picked up good wins against both New Milton and Calmore, with Simon Wright picking up 5 for’s in both games and he and Paul Whitlock bowled well throughout the competition. Sean Tongs with a pair of 50’s led the batting, with Stuart Price also doing well.
A great experience for the club easpecially as 11 of the other 12 sides in the league were Southern League Clubs. Hythe finished a respectable 9th out of 13 sides winning 3 matches.
In the Friendlies Hythe were as strong as usual, Whitlock making an unbeaten 115 and was not dismissed all season, Sean Tongs and Kevin James both had good season as well. Ewan Bell & the skipper Bowman were the leading wicket takers, with Bell and Chalky White both picking up 5 for’s.
With the success of the club and the growing colts section Hythe continued to offer more midweek matches to touring sides with the home side being made up of players from all seven Hythe sides.
The Colts Section continues to develop and several youngsters took the step into adult side. Matt Howe represented the New Forest at Under 12 level whilst Ben Smith attended coaching with Hampshire Under 11's.
Todd Powell broke a Hythe record when he played for the senior side against Leeds Cavaliers at the age of 9 years 9 months.
2003 Season – More Trophies & Promotions
The Indoor League side of Whitlock, Effeny, Froggett, Wright, James K, Bowman, Lefroy, won the NF Indoor Cup defeating Bashley in the Qtr-Finals and then Esso and Pylewell Park in the Semis & Final. They also gained promotion to Division 1 in the league and smashed the league record score making 203 – 0 against Lymington.
New Second XI captain Mike Bowman continued the clubs winning streak when he led the team to the Hampshire Regional Div 4 New Forest title winning 12 out of 13 games.
The First XI with Paul Whitlock back in charge had a mixed first season in County 2 and never fully recovered from two early weather affected defeats, but a great second half of the season saw them finish 6th.
New overseas player Adrian Greyvenstein had an incredible season with the bat scoring 4 hundreds including a record breaking 229 not out against Amport and finishing with 1067 runs at an amazing average of 118.56. Simon Wright was consistent throughout the season averaging 30.90 with three 50’s.
Greyvenstein and the Skipper Whitlock led the bowling well with 22 and 20 wickets respectively, and Matt Lefroy gave excellent support with 16 wickets, but with Effeny retiring mid season and an injury to Mike Edwards the bowling department was unusually threadbare.
The Second XI won Hampshire Regional Division 4 winning 12 of their 13 games. Superbly lead by Mike Bowman their only defeat came at the hands of Fawley by 1 run. Simon Dixon topped the batting averages with an average of 86.80 whilst Gary Howe also topped the 50 average at 55.75.
Gary Howe and Sean Tongs shared in an 184 run partnership at Ellingham whilst Ian White and Pete Stevens took the bowling honours. White took 27 wickets at 11.10 whilst Stevens took 25 @ 11.28.
The Seconds successful squad read M.Bowman ( Capt ), S.Dixon, G.Howe, I.White, P.Stevens, D.Guymer, T.Vaughan, A.Wood, D.Miller, J.Clarke, R.Bunce and supported by S.Price early season and W.Effeny late on.
Simon Wright took over the captaincy of the Sunday XI and with Hythe not entering the Cross Solent it was back to friendly cricket and the side was dominant yet again.
The team made plenty of runs as usual on Sundays, Greyvenstein was the leading run scorer with 626 runs at 56.91 and Whitlock topped the averages with 386 runs at 77.20. Greyvenstein and Eugene Burzler both made big hundreds 160 and 163 respectively.
Matt Howe at just 13 years of age and Mike Bowman led the bowling with 13 wickets each, Simon Wright took 12 and Greyvenstein 10.
Hythe for the first time in their history entertained a touring side from India
Special mention to the Ground staff of Tony Wood, Sean Tongs & Mike Bowman, as Hythe were getting rave reviews about the square.
Four colts sides took to the field during the season as the colts section continued to grow under the leadership of Gary & Ann Howe.
2004 Season – Saw Tony Woodhouse stepped down as Chairman of the cricket section and Ian Kenworthy take over the role. Also off the field the Football Section had decided that they wanted to run seperately to the Cricket Section.
This meant that we needed to raise £3,155 during our four playing months to cover our costs for the year. Through the hard work of several people such as the the Ian Kenworthy, Gary & Anne Howe and Mike Bowman on the bar as well as all the members, the club managed to take £6,500 in it's first year which proved it was possible.
On the pitch it was a season of frustration for the First XI who threw away the chance of promotion and finished 5th. Richard Froggett had taken over the First XI captaincy and things started well for the new skipper with the side winning the first 7 games before falling away late on in the season finishing 5th.
South African Christoff Bothma led the batting somewhat surprisingly as he was mainly at the club as a strike bowler, but made 298 runs at 49.67 average, non of the batsmen made 300 runs but Sean Tongs 295, Rob James 260, Dawid Van de Merwe 277 and Kevin James 246 all made valuable contributions.
The bowling was also led excellently by Bothma who took 29 wickets at an impressive average of 14.72, Richard Froggett worked hard and deserved more than the 15 wickets he got, overseas quick bowler De Merwe was disappointing taking just 14 wickets at an average of over 30. The loss of Paul Whitlock to a serious arm injury was a major blow though and without the clubs leading wicket taker Hythe were now finding it harder to bowl side out.
The Second XI in their first season in Regional 3 SW finished a creditable mid table winning six of their 13 matches. Gary Howe was the pick of the batsman scoring 237 runs at an average of 23.67. Pete Stevens also averaged 23.67 scoring 142 runs through the season. With the bowling Ian White again topped the averages taking 20 wickets at 15.45 with good back up from Dave Guymer 12 at 23.67 and Darren Miller 16 at 25.88.
Simon Wright again led the Sunday XI. The fixture list was strengthened from the previous season which now included several Sunday games against Touring Sides. With the absence of several key players and the reluctance of the overseas player to play on Sundays Hythe bedded more colts players into the Sunday game than they would normally do and they suffered more defeats than usual. Wright himself however had a great season with the bat scoring 640 runs at 49.23 average and a top score of 108 vs Plymouth Officers. David Guymer made 439 runs at 48.78 average and a top score of 107* vs Firth Arms and Mike Bowman made a fine debut century 105 no in an unbeaten 233 run partnership with Paul Whitlock vs Wimbourne.
David Guymer led the bowling averages with 15 wickets at 16.67, Matt Howe and Simon Wright both took 18 wickets a piece at 18.72 and 19.28 respectively with Howe taking a career best 6-33.
The Sunday Second XI led by Gary Howe won the Tony Woodhouse Trophy for the first time with several of the up and coming colts making their mark. Paul Kenworthy, Matt Howe, Ben Smith, Russell Moore, Darren and Steve Miller all played their part in winning the tournament.
The colts section continued to develop with some good youngsters coming through. The Under 11's coached by Sally Harding had the best season of the three colts sides and finished a creditable 5th. Steve Chivertons Under 13's finished 8th whilst Gary Howe's Under 15's finished 6th.
Special praise too went to Sean Tongs and Mike Bowman who again produced a splendid wicket at Hythe.
2005 Season – Yet another new First XI captain as Simon Dixon takes over the hot seat, and his first bit of bad news was that Paul Whitlock’s injury would prevent him from bowling at all. Hythe on the plus side have Ben Kendrick back and signed on Australian spinner Charlie Clemons. The 2nd XI were still led by Mike Bowman, and Dave Guymer took over as Sunday side.
The First XI finished 11th helped by some strong batting - Rob James had a superb season leading the way with 520 runs averaging 65.00 and a top score of 120* vs South Wilts III, Simon Wright made 335 @ 37.22 and a top score of 118 vs Calmore Sports. Skipper Dixon scored 304 runs, Sean Tongs 300 runs and Kev James chipped in with 244.
The bowling though struggled as they just could not bowl sides out, Kendrick was the stand out bowler with 18 wickets at an average of 20.44, Richie Froggett took 17 wickets, but wickets were hard to come by and unfortunately Charlie Clemons found life very hard struggling in English conditions and proved very expensive. The side was still upbeat though which was down to the captain.
The Second XI finished 9th in Regional Division 2. Amixed season saw Paul Whitlock come into the side to help out the batting, but they would lose the services of Darren Miller who’s interest in cricket was waning. Mike Bowman again led the side well and promotion was on briefly during a mid season run of 5 consecutive wins and most with maximum points, but fell way late on. Whitlock had a great season topping the batting with 537 runs at an average of 76.71 and a top score of 119* vs Lymington IV, Gary Howe made 230 runs but generally the batsmen struggled on some very indifferent away pitches, how spoilt are Hythe when playing at home. Matt Howe though was showing signs of real potential and is definitely first team in the making.
The bowling was good all season despite the loss of Miller, Chalky White had a great season taking 31 wickets at just 12.94 a piece, and Peter Stevens chipped in with 20 at 14.40, Tim Bath after returning from University took 12 at 15.83 and Steve Miller 11 at 16.00, all of this despite a fair number of dropped catches.
Sunday XI mixed bag of results this season, with the overseas player not making himself available, Mike Bowman not bowling due to injury and with Paul Whitlock playing less, the team was tested.
Sean Tongs led from the front with the bat making 748 runs at an average of 53.43 and a top score of 111* vs Priory Panthers, Mike Bowman made his second ton 117 vs Sampfords in a total of 284 runs, Rob James made 289 runs from just 6 innings including 110* vs O.T's & Romsey, Whitlock in the games he played made 236 runs at an average of 78.67, and Dennis Wheeler made an excellent 104 no vs Ryde Cavaliers.
The bowling whilst lacking in pace was consistent throughout Rob James topped the averages with 13 wickets at 13.08, Russell Moore bowled well taking 18 wickets at 14.22, Steve Miller took 16 wickets, Richard Bunce grabbed 11 and young Ben Smith another colt with great potential also took 11 at just 15.82 a piece.
The Colts Section continued to grow though it was to be Ann & Gary Howe's last season at the helm. Sue Guymer supported the club by becoming its Welfare Officer and the threes sides all had improved seasons. Ben Smith and Matt Howe were selected to represent the New Forest District side.
2006 Season – A season which saw both league sides push hard for promotion until last couple of games and each finishing 5th. Simon Dixon continued as skipper of the First XI and looked to strengthen the side from last season.
Paul Whitlock was back from injury, Gerhardus Grobler a young South African quick bowler came in to the side and David Guymer was given a mid order batting position for the season. It was lose one - win one for the first few games but a strong run of 6 consecutive wins and unbeaten from July 1st the First XI up to 4th but try as the could and the weather they couldn't get upto the promotion places. Disappoint so as the beat Mudeford who were promoted in 3rd.
The batting did not quite reach the highs of the previous season, but there was huge depth in the line up and winning contributions were made from 1 to 11. Kevin James led the way with 358 runs with Rob James 320 and Simon Dixon 295 both impressing at times, and Ben Kendrick, Gerhardus Grobler and Paul Whitlock made valuable runs at crucial times.
The bowling was back to full strength as South Wilts found to their cost dismissed for just 44, and Hythe’s four pronged pace attack which was arguably the best in the league, Grobler took 27 wickets at an average of just 15.30 with a best of 7-29 vs Burridge, and was very quick, Kendrick also took 27 wickets at an average of just 15.48 with a best of 6-47 vs Bedhampton, Whitlock took 19 wickets at an average of just 15.89 with a best of 6-3 vs South Wilts III, and Richard Froggett completed the line up with 18 wickets at 28.72.
Kevin James kept excellently all season, the fielding and catching, which was patchy early season got better and better, the tour and a practice evening certainly paid dividends in this department. Once again the team spirit was superb which was a credit to all the team especially the Skipper.
The Second XI benefited from being able to play the same players on a regular basis. They were assisted greatly by the return of Wayne Effeny, the consistent bowling of Richie Bunce and in Sean Tongs and Matt Howe had the leagues top opening partnership who shared in three century stands.
Richard Bunce took over the Sunday XI captaincy, which saw a number of younger players getting a few games under their belts, more games were lost than usual but this was to be expected, but there was still some excellent games and good wins too. Chalky White took 28 wkts @ 15.4 inc 6-37 vs Milford on Sea. Wayne Effeny took 6-30 vs New Milton III's in taking 19 wkts all season.
Sundays saw Hythe have a strong season inc a 4 match tour of Devon which they remained unbeaten. Gerhardus Grobler was the leading run-scorer with 608 at an average of 40.53 and also hit a fine undefeated 138 vs North Curry. Matt Howe topped the averages at 44.13 and 353 runs, Sean Tongs scored 480 runs which included 110* vs Wilson (Notts). Mike Bowman 305 runs including 102* vs North Curry - Bowman and Grobler shared a not out opening stand of 246 at the superb venue of Taunton College.
Simon Dixon scored a 104 vs Skandia and of the younger players Howe recorded a best of 86, Russell Moore his first half century, 51*, and Tom Porter a best of 33.
Rob James First XI opening bat and now Sunday bowler enjoyed himself again this year with the ball taking 21 wickets at just 12.10 average his best being 6-61 vs Trojans. Luke Mills had his best season with the ball 21 wickets at 23.90 average and a best of 5-6 a fine effort from the young leg-spinner. Russell Moore and Grobler both taking 14 wickets supported well. Special mention to Tonya (soon to be Mrs Bunce), whose teas were excellent.
The 2007 Season – A good season saw both sides finished 4th. Hythe 1st XI again superbly lead by Simon Dixon went into the final game with Ryde in second place only to lose by 2 runs and finish 4th. Hythe's stregth was it's superb bowling quartet of Ben Kendrick 23 wkts, Richie Froggett 24 wkts, Paul Whitlock 13 wkts & Nardus Grobler 17 wkts. The batting however struggled at times - only Nardus Grobler (262 runs) & Rob James (247 runs) scored over 200 and 5 half centuries scored in total.
Hythe 2nd XI's 4th position saw them promoted and they also won the New Forest Cup as well - beating Milford on Sea in the final.
NEW FOREST CUP FINAL
In the league Sean Tongs had a terrific season scoring 342 runs @ 31. Wayne Effeny 242 runs @ 40.3, Matt Howe 240 runs @ 24 & Mike Edwards 231 runs @ 33 all scored over 200+ runs. The bowling saw Mike Edwards take 21 wkts @ 13.4 inc 5-25 vs Milford on Sea. Chalky White took 18 wkts & Richie Bunce 17 wkts - both taking 5 fors during the season. Lee Powell took a career best 6-16 in the cup vs Milford on Sea.
The Sunday Friendly XI again had a good season mixing youth with experience. A five day tour of Devon ended with a 3-2 record. Nardus Grobler scored 665 runs @ 44.3 inc tons vs Bedhampton 123* & 110 vs Lymington. Sean Tongs scored 581 runs inc 107* vs Ansley Sports (Birmingham). James Carse took a hat-trick vs Bromley Common (Kent). Rob James (21 wkts), Nardus Grobler (19 wkts) & Pete Stevens jnr (18 wkts) were the main wicket takers for the Sunday XI. Steve Chiverton took 5-31 vs Kingsbridge (Devon).
The 2008 Season – With no overseas player and Ben Kendrick unavailable for most of the season Hythe 1st XI could only manage a 8th place finish. This was largely due to the skipper Simon Dixon who maintained high spirits throughout despite Paul Whitlock announcing his retirement and several players unavailable during August. Robbie James yet again topped the batting averages scoring 499 runs in the season, scoring 5 fifties in the process.
Richie Froggett was second scoring 206 runs for the season including a match winning 98 v Purbrook. Paul Whitlock topped the bowling taking 22 wickets at 20.05 whilst newcomer Jon Weall (25 wkts) and Simon Wright (22 wkts) also topped the 20 wicket mark. The emergance of Richard Last was a big bonus for the First XI and the top fielding of youngsters Matt Howe and James Page was a big bonus to a ageing side.
Newly promoted Hythe 2nd XI finished a respectable 10th. Wayne Effeny (478) and Sean Tongs (438) lead from the front with the bat. Tongs scoring the only century in the league for the green caps 105* vs Swan Green . Mike Bowman missed the start of the season through illness but came back to score 224 runs in just 9 knocks. The bowling again heavily relied on the wickets of Chalky White 28 @ 18.21 inc 5-30 vs Hordle Village and Wayne Effeny 25 wkts @ 18.24. Many of the youngsters were brought into the side and performed well. Tom Porter hit his maiden fifty (51) against Paultons and if Lee Powell could play more regularly what a big season he could have next year.
A wet tour saw only 1 game and a win in 5 wet days in Devon. The Sunday XI saw Sean Tongs score 706 runs @ 37.2 yet no hundred. Matt Howe scored a 100* vs Solent Wanderers in a T20 and Harry Smith took 5-31 vs Fawley in the Woodhouse Trophy but Hythe could only finish 3rd.
The 2009 Season – A run of three straight wins in their final three games sealed Hythe 1st XI a 11th place finish despite having a season from hell with injuires. Though they recruited Marchwood squaddie Rob Saunders, but by mid June they had lost both skipper Simon Dixon and Simon Wright for the season with knee problems. Worse was to come when in late July when Matt Howe joined the treatment room.
Chalky White, Mike Edwards, Tom Porter and Sean Tongs were all promoted to the First XI and all made good impacts. Robbie James kept the side going but it was Richie Froggett who was by far the best batsman of the summer with an average of 49.6 inc 5 fifties and scoring 546 runs. Mike Edwards also had a decent season scoring 253 runs @ 31.6.
Jon Weall 30 wkts @ 17.6, Richie Froggett 20 wkts @ 18.5 inc 6-10 vs Basingstoke & North Hants, and Rob Saunders 27 wkts @ 21.4 inc 5-14 vs Hamble A.S.S.C were the pick of the bowling.
Hythe 2nd XI coped pretty well despite losing key players to the 1's. They finished 10th with a 7-7 record. Before his first team call up Sean Tongs scored 404 runs @ 44.9 inc 117* vs Bashley Rydal IV, whilst Ewan Bell had a good season 318 runs at 40. Mike Bowman ended the season with 104* against his old club Ampfield. Their bowling without Chalky White was spread around. Wayne Effeny 17 wkts @ 15 and Pete Stevens 16 wkts @ 27 were the main wicket takers along with Russell Moore. 14@ 22. Matt Young at the end of the season gave the green caps positive signs for next season.
James Page did an excellent job running the Sunday XI despite the lack of availability from the senior players. Zac Millar became the youngest Hythe player to score a half century in senior cricket then a month later Kieran Chalmers did the same feat. Tom Richards also scored a maiden half century. Tony North and Tom Barge returned to the club after several years and both made a big impact - Bargey taking 2 fivers in a 26 wkt season. Hythe Sunday 2nd XI very well lead by Russell Moore just failed to win the Tony Woodhouse Trophy when they couldn't get a last wicket at Fawley. Russell Moore took 5-28 vs Sarisbury Ath whilst Ben Smith had an opening over to remember vs Fawley II taking 4 wkts for 0 runs.
Nardus Grobler scored 112* vs Longwick (Bucks), Tom Porter scored 107 vs Breachwood Green (Herts) and Rob James scored 100* @ Cornwood (Devon).
The 2010 Season - A season that will be remembered for a South African who came over as a bowler and ended up scoring 750 league runs to save us from relegation. Adrian de Jager scored 3 league tons (132* vs Sarisbury, 108* vs Old Basing & 106* vs Ropley) & 6 fifties in 13 games in County 2 as well as another 849 runs in friendly matches.
The First XI finished 12th. There were good contributions from Matt Howe (370 runs) inc 11 vs Sarisbury Ath sharing in a 3rd wkt partnership of 175 with de Jager. Rob James scored 240 runs. With the ball Rob Saunders had another good season taking 22 wkts @ 24.7 inc 6-54 vs Pylewell Park. Richie Froggett (17 wkts) inc 5-34 vs East Tytherley & Simon Wright took 7-38 vs Flamingo.
Hythe 2nd XI finished a creditable 7th in league and also reached the Stone Cup Final. Wayne Effeny (437 runs & 28 wkts) topped both the batting and bowling. Mike Bowman scored 379 runs inc 106 vs Mudeford. With the ball Russell Moore took 17 wickets inc a best of 7-27 vs Suttoners. Mike Edwards & Chalky White took 16 wkts a piece. Lee Powell took 5-17 @ Ellingham with Wayne Effeny 5-19 @ Milford on Sea.
The newly formed 3rd XI with Woody running the team from the side lines - won Central 4 at first attempt losing just one game in the process. Well lead by Tony North on the pitch - it was Tom Richards (430 runs) who excelled with the bat with good contributions from Tony North (229 runs) , Sam Mead (223 runs) & Jonjo Stovell (212 runs). The bowling was well shared with Steve Chiverton (20 wkts), Ian Prentice (19 wkts) inc 5-15 vs Ampfield & Kev McCarthy (18 wkts). Josh Mead & Luke Blackwell both took a creditable 13 wickets in their first league season.
In Sunday & Midweek games - de Jager (849 runs) inc 102 vs Exning (Suffolk), Sean Tongs (881 runs) inc Valley Park & Matt Young (832 runs) had massive seasons whilst Rob Saunders (28 wkts) & Harry Smith (26 wkts inc 5-9 vs Sway) did well with the ball. The biggest cheer of the season went to Ewan Bell who scored a maiden club ton - ine 102 on tour at Callington. The Sunday 2nd XI won the Woodhouse Trophy under Jonjo Stovell's captaincy.
The 2011 Season - A nightmare season for the club started with the passing of Hythe Legend Tony Woodhouse - over 50 years with our club. With no overseas player and the club deciding to go with youth - the First XI were relegated from County 2 after winning just 3 games all season.
Matt Young had a good first season for the 1st XI scoring 466 runs @ 33.3. Matt Howe (259 runs) was the only other player to score over 200+ runs. With the ball Harry Smith worked wonders to take 29 wkts @ 17.1 inc 6-34 vs Southampton Community. Richie Froggett took 19 wkts.
In contrast Hythe 2nd XI won Hampshire Reg Div 2 in a fitting tribute to Chairman Tony Wood who sadly passed away on July 22nd. Dave Guymer had a superb season with the bat scoring 526 runs ably supported by Sean Tong 516 runs inc 103* vs Bournemouth & Simon Dixon 436 runs inc 103* vs Milford on Sea. Simon Dixon & Dave Guymer shared a 200 run 5th wkt partnership @ Ringwood.
With the ball Chalky White 22 wkts, Luke Mills 21 wkts, Simon Wright 18 wkts inc 5-62 vs T&E & Luke Blackwell 17 wkts all contributed.
The newly promoted 3rd XI finished a creditable 14th despite Tom Richards, Luke Blackwell and Harry Smith all moving up a level. Nick Shrive scored a maiden ton 105 vs O.T's & Romsey - Tony North scored 249 runs @ 22.7 whilst Tom Huxley scored 211 runs @ 23.4.
Steve Chiverton topped the wkt taking 20 @ 18.9 inc 5-21 vs O.T's & Romsey whilst Jonjo Stovell took 12 wkts @ 19.5. Ian Prentice took 6-13 vs Burley.
On Sundays Matt Young scored 796 runs @ 41.9 inc 103* vs Hammond Walleys & 102* vs Zombies. Matt Howe scored 100* vs Wimbourne & Sean Tongs 100* vs Winghams (Kent) who scored the highest score recorded in 40 overs at Hythe 392 for 6. Hythe repled with 245 for 8. 637 runs in total. Bowling Jonjo Stovell took 29 wkts 7 Rob Saunders 25 whilst Tom Richards chipped in with 20 wkts. Rob James took 5-31 on tour at Lanhydrock , Alex McMillan 5-49 vs Phoenix and Saunders 2 - five fors vs Great Houghton (5-28) & vs Zombies (5-23)
The Sunday 2nd XI won the Woodhouse Trophy under the impressive captaincy of Sam Mead.
The 2012 Season - A season decimated with rain - Despite finishing 5th - Hythe 1st XI were disappointed on missing out on promotion after losing 3 of their last 5 fixtures. Young guns Matt Young (426 runs @ 38.7 inc 102 vs Denplan Mansbridge), Tom Richards (346 runs @ 34.6) & Zac Millar (310 runs @ 48.7) had good seasons with the bat. With the ball Rob Saunders (33 wkts) was superb with the ball inc 6-24 vs Denplan Mansridge - he and aussie Shaun Anderson bowled leaders Ropley out for just 28.
Tom Richards took 19 wkts @ 16.8, Russell Moore 19 wkts @ 15.7 inc 5-46 vs Winterslow. Shaun Anderson took a useful 14 wkts inc 5-16 @ Ropley and newcomer Ossie Shaikh 15 wkts.
With the re structure of leagues for 2013 - Hythe 2nd XI earned them selves back to back promotions despite finishing 8th. They also reached the Stone Cup Final. Richie Froggett topped the batting (274 runs @ 45.7) Sean Tongs scored (379 runs @ 37.9). Mike Bowman 244 runs & Wayne Effeny 220 runs also contributed. With the ball Froggetts 17 wkts @ 18.8 & Wayne Effeny 13 wkts @ 16.3 were the main takers.
Hythe 3rd XI were indebted to Dan Pates (491 runs@ 49.1) inc 102 vs Alderholt to earn them a 10th place finish. Ian Prentice took (23 wkts @ 10.4) whilst Sam Page (17 wkts @ 16.5 ) has his best season to date. Luke Walsh took 5-32 @ Pylewell Park.
The Sunday XI - well captained by Rob Saunders had a good season. With the bat Zac Millar scored a maiden ton vs Clayhill 100* & 568 runs in total, Sean Tongs scored 400 runs. With the ball Kev McCarthy took 34 wickets inc 5-34 vs Bramshaw. Saunders took 5-23 vs Ashurst and Ali Bryers a first 5 for - 5-19 vs Clayhill Dragons.
Hythe Sun 2nd XI again won the Woodhouse Trophy - this time under the captaincy of Andrew Woods - yet they never won a game. All 6 games in the competition were drawn. Wooods took 5-27 vs Sway whilst Jonjo Stovell scored a maiden ton 100* vs Fawley.