Hythe suffered their second successive defeat at the start of the 2010 campaign, losing by 8 wickets away at title favourites Blackheath.
It was evident from when the fixtures were announced that the coastal side would be in for a tough start and thus it has proven to be. With the likes of Dan Furnival, Leon Morgan, John Smith and Jamie Hemphery all absent the trip up to South London was always going to be difficult, especially when you take into account the opposition’s rumoured wage bill.
James Watson (56) led Hythe to 162-9 off their 50 overs, following on from a quick start by opener Chris Maurice (23). On a feather-bed of a deck it was never going to be enough however, but at the very least they weren’t blown away by the renowned potent opening attack that is Ruel Braithwaite and Jahid Ahmed, the latter being a member of the ECB Development Squad.
In reply, another Development squad member, Zobie Sharif (40) got them off to a good start before being bowled by spinner Jago Pearson. Despite his wicket and the loss of Jack Ford, who was removed with a sharp catch at slip by Watson off the bowling of Dan Large, the home side were in little trouble. With shots all around the wicket, Sean Parry smashed 90 and so take the 16 points, while Hythe returned just 2.
They return to The Grove this weekend with a tough encounter against Beckenham and with still many notable absentees, will surely go in as big underdogs.
A full match scorecard can be found at: http://kcl.play-cricket.com/scoreboard/scorecard.asp?id=10937707