Southwold claimed their first League win since the 19th of August 2012 against the Ipswich Caribbeans on Sunday – a victory by 5 wickets. It was set up by some excellent bowling and fielding as the home side were restricted to 105. In reply, a 62 run partnership between Gareth Gorst-Allman and Sam Booker saw the visitors home with more than 10 overs to spare.
Sam Booker batted excellently for his 41 – a busy, proactive innings that took the wind out of the Caribbeans’ sails as he set about dismantling their bowlers. Whilst he batted aggressively, Gorst-Allman played the anchor role, nurdling the strike around with some good running. Booker perished looking for another big shot over the top as he was held by Clive Denness in the deep; the Caribbeans’ captain cutting a forlorn figure for most of the afternoon as his team put down chance after chance. Gorst-Allman fell too as he was bowled by the impressive Chimora and it was left to captain Craig Gorst-Allman and the returning Duncan Hume to nervelessly knock off the 7 runs required for victory.
Earlier in the day, clinical accurate bowling was backed up by fantastic ground fielding and faultless catching as Southwold squeezed the life out of their opponent’s innings. Opening bowlers Steve Hines and Sam Booker were on the money from the off and Hines was unlucky not to have more rewards in his first spell. It was Booker who made the first inroads though, as firstly Milwood nicked off to Jordan Barber in the slips who took a good catch and then Lythcott was bowled. Suddenly the Caribbeans folded – good fielding from Shane Gosling ran out Paul Denness and then the first of Tim Porter’s 4 catches had Garry De’ath. At 24-4 they were stalling and only Gibson provided any resistance with a gutsy 33. But his teammates couldn’t support him as they collapsed – if it weren’t for the third highest partnership of the innings, an 11 run effort for the 10th wicket, they wouldn’t have reached 100 runs.
As it was, it wasn’t enough as Southwold cruised to victory. A first win for 2013 was the reward for some great cricket played and they’ll look to build on this next week when they host Saxmundham.