A George Mattocks 5-fer sealed a thumping victory for Southwold away at Easton after the batsmen, led by Tim Porter and Gareth Gorst-Allman, had racked up a towering 245/6.
Despite a spirited attempt at overhauling their imposing victory target, Easton’s lower order collapsed as the Southwold bowlers and fielders chipped away, inducing a first league loss of 2013 for Easton. Mattocks claimed figures of 5/24 from his 7.2 overs, including two wickets in two balls to finish things off, following his introduction to the attack to bring some control to proceedings. Easton’s only hope of maintaining their perfect record was to come out blasting and their top order did just that, but it wasn’t enough as, despite a good 47 from Goddard, there was not enough down the order. He was well pouched, caught and bowled by Gorst-Allman just as the run rate kept creeping up. Mattocks and co. were backed up by some excellent ground fielding throughout Easton’s innings as the visitors ensured that no run was easily gained – and in all, they affected three run outs. The most comical of these was the dismissal of Todd – he attempted to launch Hines over the top, succeeding only in lobbing a catch to Mattocks. He fumbled the catch and amidst confusion over whether he had dropped it or not and just after calmly explaining to the umpire that he had indeed grassed it, he lobbed the ball at the stumps, with the batsman realising too late what was occurring, finishing inches short.
The cause for Easton’s continual teeing-off was down to the fact that Southwold had amassed their highest score in over two years. Porter and Gorst-Allman set the tone at the top of the piece, scoring 88 for the first wicket as they tucked into some lacklustre bowling. Porter had a succession of partnerships until he fell in the final over, looking for more runs and perhaps a century, as he was bowled for an excellent 88. Around him, Sam Booker played a good hand for another decent score of 41 whilst in the death overs Chippy Middleditch struck some hefty blows to wear down the already fatigued and defeated Easton bowlers.
Such a huge score set up the bowling performance that sealed a victory which was every bit as emphatic as their Cup triumph against Castle. It was an excellent game of cricket for Southwold as they gained crucial points in their quest for Section A survival, a hunt which continues next week as they host Sudbourne Hall on The Common.