Southwold were resoundingly thumped by 102 runs on a gloriously sunny afternoon on The Common. BT batted first and racked up 207-6 – thanks mainly to Kevin Nunn’s 98. In reply, Southwold never got going and were bundled out for 105.
Electing to field first, Southwold were looking for early wickets and they got a double strike within 5 overs as Steve Hines had John LBW and then bowled Lloyd two balls later. What followed was the match winning partnership – Surendra and Nunn put on 108 in 19 overs as Southwold toiled away under a beating sun. Relief came after drinks as Sam Booker had Surendra for 33, but in Rane and Smyth there were still plenty of competent partners for Nunn. He completed his 50 at no real hurry and then accelerated as he led his team’s charge for full batting points and a huge total. He was bowled on 98 by Gareth Gorst-Allman, who also removed Rane, whilst Hines returned to claim Madhusudanan. Harris and Smyth gave the home team the run around in the last few overs as tired bodies were dragged about and in the end, their total of 207 was too much.
Southwold started their chase steadily, but just as Porter and Gorst-Allman were looking to press on, the former missed one from Alan Barnes. He and fellow opener Rob Harris were miserly and threatening – Gorst-Allman was LBW to Barnes for 17 whilst Le Versha and Britten both fell to Harris. Sam Booker was caught off Rane’s first ball, the first after drinks, to further diminish Southwold’s chances – chances that did receive a boost from skipper Craig Gorst-Allman and Aaron Goffin, who put on some encouraging runs together. However once Gorst-Allman was stumped off Rane for 26, the rest fell quickly. Goffin was bowled by the same bowler for 24, who also removed Gosling before Harvey was LBW to Lloyd and then Hines was bowled by Smyth, wrapping up the game.
It was a clinical performance by BT and Southwold will be disappointed with their effort in the field. Next week they are at home again – but in Cup action, as they host Section B team Castle in the quarter final.