A top drawer 135* from Sudbourne Hall’s Tom Jenkins saw Southwold’s opponents to a 6 wicket victory on a blustery afternoon on The Common. Set a seemingly imposing 231 for victory, Sudbourne Hall knocked off the runs with four balls to spare.
Jenkins’ knock was pure class from his first ball and gave just the one chance in his whole innings. He held his team’s effort together though in truth their batsmen were a class above. Southwold did get an early breakthrough, as Jonny Rice cut Mattocks to Ryan Moore in the gully, who juggled the catch before grasping it at the second attempt. Clift and Jenkins then put on a 98 run partnership, cutting down Southwold’s decent total to size before Clift chopped on, giving Charles Le Versha his first wicket; just rewards for some testing deliveries. Yet what followed was the partnership which won the match for Sudbourne Hall – David Foreman joined Jenkins, at this point well set, to put on 96 and carry their team to within spitting distance of the target. A late flurry of wickets teased with the Southwold bowlers and took the game into the final over – Foreman was bowled by Hines for 42 and Robert Jenkins by Mattocks for 1 – until Jenkins sealed victory with four balls left in the game.
Earlier in the day, Southwold had batted well to rack up 230. Despite losing Porter early, Ryan Moore set about aggressively, taking on the bowlers. Britten fell just before drinks, at which point Moore was joined by Barber. The two were positive at the crease until Moore fell and Sam Booker swiftly followed him to leave Southwold slightly precariously positioned at 119/4, and in danger of squandering a good position. However, the Southwold batsmen were keen to bat positively and that continued with Barber and Le Versha at the crease. Following a flurry of fours and sixes, Le Versha was bowled by Burt, the final of his four wickets. Mattocks came to the crease and with Barber, gave Sudbourne Hall the run-around. The skipper completed an excellent half century before attempting a cheeky ramp shot to be pinned LBW, leaving Mattocks to tee off in the final few overs to score a brisk 47*.
In the end, a steep 230 was not enough to contain Jenkins and his Sudourne Hall compatriots. Southwold’s attention turns to the Cup as next weekend they travel to Mellis for their semi-final clash.