Sway retained the Woodhouse Trophy this afternoon in an exciting game at Pennington which Hythe & Dibden looked odds on to win until a late batting collapse.
Sway batted first and the visitors had Sway pinned down for the first 3rd of their innings with a particular miserly spell of line & length from veteran Kev McCarthy before U14 star Joshua Bailey upped the rate and although he lost several partners, he was later joined in a 69 run partnership with U10 Olly Marshall batting at number 7. After Bailey was bowled for a fine 79, Marshall junior was joined by Marshall senior and Pete Bennet for a quick bash - but the youngster saw off his dad before he was eventually dismissed for 32.
Set 203 to win , Hythe went off like a rocket plundering 24 off the first 4 overs before Olly Marshall picked up 2 wickets, including that of the big hitting opener who nicked one through to keeper Bennet. A fine 50 from veteran Pete Miller saw Hythe race to 95 off 16 overs and looked to be cruising to victory and the trophy. Needing a brerakthrough, Sway skipper Bailey turned to George Lewis and the change worked, Lewis bowling Miller. Oli Sharp then took a great catch to dismiss a dangerous bat off Dave Marshall and these two wickets proved to be turning points as Sway's youngsters took charge. There were fine bowling spells from Oli Sharp and Noah Glass as Hythe found themselves pinned down. Wickets fell at regular intervals and Hythe best hope soon looked like a draw rather than the win. David Elford however picked up the last two wickets to seal the win.
Thanks to all the Pete Bennet for the teas, all the adults who have turned out this season, and to Matt Howe of Hythe for scoring all afternoon and generally honouring Tony Woodhouse's memory as well as being a credit to his club.