Southwold’s bowlers blew the Caribbean batsmen away in Southwold’s final home game of the season, as they stormed to a resounding 136 run win. After a strong batting performance, Steve Hines and Charles Le Versha swarmed over their opponents, claiming seven wickets apiece, before Jordan Barber and Sam Booker finished them off with tight bowling.
Set an intimidating 222 to claim an unlikely victory, the Caribbeans were kept quiet early as Steve Hines was economical as ever whilst Le Versha was more explosive. And it was he who claimed the first wicket, giving ‘keeper Shane Gosling the first of two excellent catches. But Hines couldn’t be kept out of the action for too long as he claimed the next three to fall, before Le Versha took two in one over, leaving the Caribbeans perched on the precipice at 29/7. Resistance was presented in the form of Millwood’s 34 and Mansell’s 10 but Southwold’s change bowlers saw to them. Barber bowled the former and Booker the latter, before skipper Barber completed the rout, having Neel Patel caught at mid off.
The huge victory was made possible by the strong batting from Southwold’s junior members as both Sam Booker and George Caplin made fine fifties. Led by Aaron Goffin (31), the home side made a confident start and despite some early wickets, they made good progress on another excellent pitch. It was the 93 run partnership between Booker and Caplin that put the Caribbeans on the ropes as clever running and some powerful hitting from both took them beyond 150, before Le Versha joined Caplin at the end, both hitting sixes in the final few overs to seal another large total for Southwold.
A big victory that has done their survival bid no harm at all was completed on a sunny afternoon at The Common. Southwold bid goodbye to their home turf for 2013 as they play their final two League games of the season away, firstly at Saxmundham next weekend and then finally Melton St. Audrey the weekend after.