Sean TONGS


Sean TONGS
Played For Hythe Since 1988

Hythe & Dibden's Leading Run Scorer & Century Maker

- Right Hand Batsman 

- Scored Over 19,071 Runs For Hythe inc 2,806 County League Runs, 6322 Regional Runs & 9,943 Friendly Runs.

- 7 League Tons with a Highest Score 124* vs Ringwood

20062nd XI124*vs Ringwood II
20082nd XI105*vs Swan Green
20092nd XI117*vs Bashley Rydal IV
20112nd XI103*vs Bournemouth IV
20143rd XI101*vs New Milton IV
20152nd XI120*vs Hyde
20162nd XI100*vs Breamore


- 6 Friendly Tons with a Highest Score 111* vs Priory Panthers

1995108*vs Nursling & Rownhams
2005111*vs Priory Panthers
2006110*vs Wilson (Notts)
2007107*vs Ansley Sports (Warwick)
2010108*vs Valley Park
2011111*vs Winghams (Kent)


- 47 League Fifties & 7 Tons - 70 Friendly Fifties & 6 Friendly Tons

Taking 228 Wkts


Sean joined the club in 1988 after deciding he needed to play a summer sport having played football locally for many years.

The first few years were hard graft with the bat with more scores below ten than above, selection was more for his medium pace bowling and excellent fielding. Phil Pick however could see potential and soon had him bowling in the Saturday Second XI where he took 2-40 on league debut against Lymington. 

In The Guru’s second season (1989) he made the First XI after some impressive performances for the Sunday First XI where he scored 75 v Trojans and took 4-29 v Bashley and 3-1 against Tichbourne Park.

Improvement in Sean’s batting came in the mid 90’s when after two serious knee injuries the surgeon said ‘yes you can bowl again just don’t expect to walk again’. Sean as everybody knows doesn’t give up and little did we know then that this guy would go onto be Hythe & Dibden's highest ever run scorer - scoring 97 fifties & 10 centuries in his 14,243 runs for the club.

During the early ninties the First XI slipped down the divisions but Sean still managed to score 450 runs in 1990 in all matches. In 1991 in County 3 he took 3-9 v Winchester and a 50 v Chichester in a friendly. Between 1992 – 94 The Guru had quiet seasons probably effected by the responsibility of captaining the Sunday XI and in 1995 dropped down to play for the Seconds scoring 87* v Ellingham and another 50 v Cadnam. This season also saw him score his maiden ton 108* v Nursling & Rownhams for the Sunday Second XI.

The 1996 season saw him captaining the Second XI regularly making good scores that had Phil Pick persuading him to play First XI cricket again. His introduction had an instant impact scoring a match winning 62* v Crondall and 78 v Old Poole Grammarians. 1997 saw Sean score 202 runs for the First XI @ 20.20 and was now seen as a regular First XI player.

Its since the turn of of the century that Sean has really excelled as a prolific batsman for the club - scoring four League Centuries for the Second XI – 124* v Ringwood in 2006, 105* v Swan Green in 2008, 117* v Bashley Rydal in 2009 and most recently 103* vs Bournemouth 4th XI in 2011. A regular Sunday player too he added five more club centuries to add to his 108* in 1995. But he had to wait 10 years - 111* v Priory Panthers in 2005. That was followed by four more against tourists - 110* v Wilson CC in 2006 and 107* v Ansley Sports in 2007, Valley Park 108* in 2010 & 100* vs Winghams of Kent. 

Guru had now equalled Dave Price record of 10 centuries for the club and still going strong. The 2011 season didn't start well for the Guru as he struggled with injury and members were questioning if he still had it in him. Yet by the end of the season he had scored 379 league runs @ 37.9 & 400 friendly runs @ 36.4.

2012 saw him score 379 runs in 12 games for the 2s & 400 friendly runs but in 2013 the Guru found himself playing between the 2s & 3s where combined he hit 343 runs in 12 games. 2014 Sean hit 104* for the 3s vs New Milton 4s~ again he played between the two sides ~ 147 runs in 7 for the 2s & 151 runs in 5 games for the 3s.

A resurgence in form though in 2015 saw him top the 2nd XI averages with 427 runs in 15 innings including 120* vs Hythe. 2016 saw him share in a unbeaten double century stand with Dave Guymer vs Breamore. Sean hit 100*.

Still going strong in 2017 Sean played mostly for the 3s and scored 385 runs in 12 innings with a highest 84* vs Bramshaw 2s. 2018 saw him score another 368 runs in SW1 299 in 2019

A great clubman Sean has worked on the cricket square at Hythe for several years. His love for the game - no one in the club has played more matches in the Green Caps over the past 12 years. He is also a qualified coach is always willing to help the colts.

Sean Tongs – A True Hythe Legend