5th’s complete Super Saturday at Hyde – match report

Hyde won the toss and chose to bat on a dry wicket with a large and fast outfield.  With the opening pair going past 50 in the tenth over a score of well over 200 looked likely.  However the introduction of Jack Lister stemmed the flow of runs and bought the first wicket with Loader, slightly unluckily, bowled off his pads.  With Kris Laurent then taking two good catches off the bowling of Lister and Joel Hood, the run rate slowed and consistently good ground fielding from a young Bashley side, on a bumpy outfield, kept the pressure on Hyde.  When Gabriel Drummond cleaned bowled Ingham with, just his second ball, Hyde had slowed to 86-4 in 20 overs.  Two decent partnerships followed with Laurent taking his third, and best, catch of the afternoon and Drummond holding a very good low catch off the bowling of Chloe-Ann Anderson Hyde finished on 186-7.  The best of the bowlers was Lister with 3-17, with special mention to young Tom Hayward-Cox who bowled his slow left arm spin for the last 8 overs from one end for just 35 runs.
The Bashley reply, almost exactly, mirrored the Hyde innings.  An opening partnership of 46 in eleven overs, 79 at the half way point, with four wickets down and then two decent partnerships. Both involved Dan Hart who was supported by the experience of Martin Hayward-Cox and Richard King.  Laurent, Joel Hood and Tom Hayward-Cox all passed 20, and with Hart blasting a run a ball 50, Bash had got the equation down to 12 off 10 balls when King fell to an ugly heave off the bowling of Tuddenham.  Three dot balls followed leaving all the pressure on Hart facing the last over and Hyde favourites.  A four off the first ball bought Bash back into the match and with four consecutive twos, including a wide ball, the young Bash pair ran their side to victory with two balls remaining.  A match winning innings from Dan Hart being the difference between the sides and a great start to the season for a young side who were a credit to the club.