Southwold’s 2013 run in the Suffolk Alliance Cup came to a conclusive halt as Mellis ran out worthy winners by 8 wickets in the semi-final, thanks mainly to 101* from opener Tim Courridge. Earlier the hosts had Southwold 98/7 before a lower order fightback gave the tourists something to defend; yet it was still too little as Mellis knocked the runs off within 23 overs.
Southwold’s 181 had seemed a long way off after they were staring at the prospect of being bowled out for under 100. A number of top order batsmen contrived to throw their wickets away in a variety of increasingly extravagant ways, gifting three wickets to Chenery, one to Partridge and one to West. Yet an excellent 76 from Gareth Gorst-Allman kept the Southwold innings above water and in Shane Gosling he found some resilient support as the two slowly built up a long and frustrating partnership. Despite their demise Steve Hines ensured there was a flurry of runs at the death as he scored 14 off the final over to achieve his highest score for Southwold of 31*.
However in truth, the visitors were many runs too short. Though they had the momentum going into the second half of the game, Mellis were positive and aggressive and cut loose early on. Skipper Jordan Barber chopped and changed his bowlers as best he could, but a 2nd wicket partnership between Courridge and Chris Farrant put paid to any serious hopes of winning the fixture after Williamson was well caught at the crease by Gosling off Le Versha. Farrant was particularly harsh on the Southwold bowlers and the two took Mellis to the brink of a good victory before he was out, bowled by Booker. It was left to Courridge to seal the victory and in doing so he reached his century, a daring innings to which Southwold simply had no answer.
Southwold will be keen to put this disappointment behind them as they have three League games left in 2013 as they look to put some distance between themselves and the three teams below them – the first of which is next Sunday at the Common, where they host the Ipswich Caribbeans.