Hythe stepped up their preparation for the new season yesterday with a hard fought win against Canterbury.
The home side chose to bat first on a flat Polo Farm track and reached 197-5 off their allotted 45 overs, with Paul Steer finishing unbeaten on 84. An excellent opening spell from Dan Patching was followed up by some economical off-spin bowling from Jago Pearson who finished with figures of 1-31 off his nine overs.
In reply, skipper Leon Morgan steadied the ship following the early loss of openers Maurice and Blunden. With shots all around the wicket, he made 78 in quick time and very nearly put the game beyond Canterbury, before being dismissed by his opposite number Tim Wren, who took an excellent return catch of his own bowling.
Despite the loss of mainstay Morgan, support from Patching and a cameo down the order from seamer and new signing from Ashford, Andy Maurice, was enough to see Hythe to their first win of 2010.
They complete their preparations back at The Grove this coming Saturday, when they take on local rivals Folkestone.