Sudbourne Hall v Southwold, 26th May

Southwold were gubbed at Sudbourne Hall by 62 runs to condemn them to their 4th straight League defeat of the season. A total batting collapse allowed Sudbourne to run through them for just 78 runs as weak dismissal after weak dismissal laid ruin to any hopes of reaching the 141 runs required for victory.

Winning the toss and again electing to field first, Southwold set about making their afternoon considerably harder by dropping opening batsmen Jonny Rice and Sam Smy 4 times in two overs early on. Steve Hines was as economical as ever and after Sam Booker was told he was only having one more over after he was hit for a few fours, he found his rhythm and had Rice out, caught at midwicket well by the running Shane Gosling. Rice and new man T. Jenkins were batting well and were harsh on anything off line – and it was in introducing himself into the attack that skipper Craig Gorst-Allman put a brake on proceedings. In his second over he had two wickets in two balls – first it was Jenkin who edged a cut shot behind to Jordan Barber then next ball he bowled Clift with a beauty. Smy and R. Jenkin set about restoring Sudbourne’s advantage and batted well, putting on 33 before Smy was out for 34, picking out Booker off Gorst-Allman. Jenkin and J. Foreman fell soon after, both bowled by Chris Hodge before Gorst-Allman claimed his 4th for the innings, as his brother Gareth stumped Cooper for 6. D. Foreman batted well at the end to lift his side from a below par score to a competitive total – his 27* being vital to his team compiling 140 in their 40 overs.

In reply, Southwold got off to a good start as openers Gareth Gorst-Allman and Alex Britten batted confidently and aggressively against wayward bowling. However, disaster struck in the 12th over when Britten called for a far too tight single and Gorst-Allman was run out. A couple of overs later Britten too fell as he flicked one straight to square-leg – and in the following over Barber was out, attempting to launch Cooper over the top and toe-ending it. From there it was a procession as batsman after batsman got out for a single figure score – the only resistance came at the very end when Richard Woodhall (14*) and Chris Hodge ensured that Southwold accrued the vital batting point achieved at 75 runs – but the end was swift for Southwold as Hodge was out for 2; Southwold for 78.

It was a pathetic batting effort. Despite the fact that no opposition team has reached 100 runs in 3 attempts at Sudbourne this season, Southwold will be bitterly disappointed at the way they gave up with the bat.

There is a break from League action next week as they are away at Rumburgh in the cup.

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