Patching shines but Hythe fall to defeat
HYTHE’S Shepherd Neame Kent Cricket League Division 1 campaign got off to a disappointing start with a 23-run defeat to Whitstable at the Grove on Saturday.
The home side started well, reducing the visitors to 130-9 having won the toss and put them in in damp, overcast conditions. Dan Patching was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with 4-35 off 15 overs.
Youngster Jamie Hemphrey provided ample support, returning remarkable figures of 3-9, however, the tide soon turned, as Whitstable tailenders Josh Gould and Duncan Hardy put on an undefeated 39 for the final wicket.
They took the momentum into their bowling, with the seamers ripping out the Hythe top five for just 39 runs. James Watson (22) and Dan Patching (41) provided some resistance but, when Patching fell with the score on 105, the game was up.
Hythe face a tough trip to title favourites Blackheath on Saturday.
The 2nds’ Division 2 game against Catford & Cyphers was abandoned due to rain inside 14 overs with Hythe on 57-0.