Southwold launched their 2013 season with a resounding victory in the Cup over Worlingworth, as they bowled their hosts out for 56 en route to a win by 6 wickets. Chris Hodge claimed 4-9 as Worlingworth crumbled under tight bowling and sharp fielding.
New captain Craig Gorst-Allman won the toss and chose to field, his decision immediately validated by the appreciable movement generated by the ever dependable Steve Hines. Seemingly rejuvenated by the relinquishment of his captaincy, Hines kept the Worlingworth openers quiet and claimed Southwold’s first wicket of the season in his second over, bowling Davy for a duck with one that swung in viciously. More success was to follow for Hines shortly after as Pendle-Chambers skied one to Tim Porter who took a comfortable high catch at mid on – and his new ball partner Gareth Gorst-Allman got in on the act in his final over, garnering steep bounce outside off which took the glove of the comfortable looking D. Absolon, looping to his brother at slip.
Before Southwold decided to make a change in the bowling, Gorst-Allman and Hines had shackled the Worlingworth batsmen and after 16 overs they had scored just 25 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. The introduction of left arm seamer Chris Hodge provided instant relief, as his first ball disappeared to square leg for four – but that was as generous as he and Southwold got, for that was the only four in Worlingworth’s innings. Two balls later he removed J. Absolon, as he slapped a catch to Craig Gorst-Allman at extra cover, who took it sharply – and in his subsequent over he got two in two balls as he yorked both Snell and M. Bensly. At this point the hosts were 33/6 and a swift demise seemed likely.
The new captain claimed his first wickets of the new season as he had Chilvers pinned LBW, J. Bensly smartly stumped by alert ‘keeper Gareth Gorst-Allman and Abbott bowled by one that deceived the batsman. Despite an attempt at counter-attacking manoeuvres by the powerfully built Ratcliffe, the Worlingworth innings was brought to a desperately premature conclusion as the returning Hodge gave Gorst-Allman another stumping opportunity, this time removing Hulkes for just 1. The hosts were 56 all out, restricted by accurate, probing bowling and electric fielding.
After the tea break, Southwold completed the facile run chase within 22 overs, as opening batsman Porter scored 22 not out. Although only tasked with knocking off a small total, Southwold still attempted to make the run chase an exciting spectacle for the smattering of hardy supporters. After opening bat Gareth Gorst-Allman miscued a hook to be caught behind for a well made 18, Jordan Barber was caught for 8 and Craig Gorst-Allman fell the very next ball, to leave the visitors placed somewhat precariously at 42-4. Alex Britten survived the hattrick ball but fell shortly after, leaving the heroics to Andy Hirst (1*), who joined the comfortable Porter in knocking off the final few runs.
A victory that was inspired by the good fielding and bowling will give Southwold much confidence as they look towards their first League fixture against Kesgrave next Sunday on the Common.