Steve Hines demolished Saxmundham as Southwold easily defended their 147 on a sunny afternoon. Hines took the first seven wickets to fall en route to outstanding and career best figures of 7-24, whilst skipper Craig Gorst-Allman cleaned the rest up with 3-6.
The Saxmundham batsmen had no answer to Hines’ accuracy and movement and fell in a procession. With debutant Charlie Le Versha blocking the other end up with pace and fire, Hines worked his way through the batsmen as he was helped by some excellent fielding. Gareth Gorst-Allman got his umpteenth stumping of the summer as he started it off, Hines took one caught and bowled, gave both Duncan Hume and skipper Craig Gorst-Allman two catches each and then bowled Alex Palmer to finish his afternoon’s work. All that was left was for Gorst-Allman to give his brother another stumping chance and to round off the innings with figures of 3-6 as Saxmundham were bundled out.
They were chasing a total that was considerably larger than what had seemed likely after they reduced the home side to 102/8. A sparkling counter-attacking partnership between Le Versha and Aaron Goffin provided Southwold with something to defend after the top order had fallen apart. Only Jordan Barber providing any sustained resistance as he scored a good 21 before was out at 93/7. The pair took on the Saxmundham bowlers, who were looking to wrap Southwold’s innings up, as through a flurry of boundaries and smart running they amassed a 44 run partnership that gave the momentum to the hosts.
It was a thumping result for Southwold, their first home win of the season and next week they are at home again as win-less Melton St. Audrey are the visitors.