Southwold shrugged off their torpid league form as they strolled past their victory target of 200 with 5 wickets and 40 balls to spare over Section C neighbours Rumburgh in the Suffolk Alliance Cup.
Electing to bat, Rumburgh started positively in the guise of Joe Hadingham, who played some eye-catching shots, despite losing 3 batsmen early, as the ever-reliable Steve Hines put in a miserly opening bowling spell, removing Lawn, Taylor and Smith to leave the home side in trouble at 39 for 3. Godbold joined Hadingham, as the pair began to take charge, hoisting the score to 76 for 3 at the drinks interval. Godbold departed as Sammy Booker breached his defences. Edwards was then undone by a change of pace from Jordan Barber, which then brought Karl Brennan to the wicket to join Hadingham, who then completed his half-century. Some ordinary fielding allowed the batsmen to gain some momentum, as the ball began to disappear to the boundary with more regularity. Hadingham departed for an excellent 87, edging one behind off Chris Hodge, and Brennan followed for an attacking 26 off Sammy Booker. Craig Gorst-Allman picked up a couple of late wickets, as Canham and Kerrison threw the bat at the death to leave Rumburgh 199 for 9 off the allotted overs.
In reply, Southwold got off to an awkward start as Gareth Gorst-Allman was bowled round his legs as he walked across one from Richard Edwards in the opening over. The returning Tim Porter and Jordan Barber got the innings moving as they kept up with the required rate, until Barber was bowled by Godbold. Another early season absentee, Ryan Moore, joined Porter, and the pair looked in good touch, as Rumburgh struggled to keep the run rate under control. Brennan made the breakthrough, yorking Moore, and got rid of the well-set Porter for 42, as he picked out extra-cover. Southwold were 90 for 4 at this point after 18 overs. Sam Booker was joined by his out-of-form captain Craig Gorst-Allman, but the skipper and last year’s Plate hero applied themselves to the task in hand, taking complete control of the game, as the pair put on 99 runs for the fifth wicket, Booker helping himself to a classy 56, to put the game beyond the reach of the home side. Booker misjudged a quicker one from Brennan to lob an easy catch to cover, but Gorst-Allman concluded proceedings with a thumping six into the pavilion to end on 39 not out, and show the form he is capable of, as Southwold won by a distance.
A welcome win for the visitors, who must now draw their attention to the league and look to gain results from the teams around them, starting with a trip to Caribbeans on Sunday, but on this showing, they should shrug off their early-season woes.
by guest contributor Tim Porter