Jordan Barber took a match winning 5 wicket haul against Saxmundham, as Southwold defended 190 and in doing so have all but retained their Section A status for another year.
Steve Hines and Charles Le Versha blasted out Saxmundham’s top order for under 60 and at the 20 over mark, the hosts were 63/5. Through a combination of tight bowling and good catching behind the stumps by Shane Gosling, Hines had two wickets and Le Versha his best return for Southwold, picking up 3/26 in 10 overs of fast bowling that pinned the batsmen deep in their crease. After the interval, Gary Butler had a number of partnerships with tail enders to frustrate Southwold – in particular a dogged 10th wicket stand with Parry Minhas that was worth 42 runs. Jordan Barber kept his cool though, as he bowled three of his five victims, keeping the ball full and letting it swing. After some lusty blows, the hosts were looking at around 30 to win off the last over, before Butler picked out long on to hand Southwold their second consecutive victory and Barber his fifth and final wicket.
Earlier in the day, plenty of Southwold batsmen chipped in, particularly from the lower order, to lead Southwold to a formidable 190. Barber was the first to fall early, before Liam Smith played nicely for 15 until he was bowled by one that kept low. A decent partnership between Le Versha (15) and Britten (76) took Southwold to drinks at 109/3, and on course for a mammoth total. However, both fell soon after, and it was down to wicketkeeper Shane Gosling to bat sensibly again to steer his team to a decent target. In Jake Fuller he had a good partner, who played excellently for his 21 not out. However, Gosling (22), Trevor Clifford (9) and Steve Hines were all bowled in quick succession, as Southwold failed to bat their full allocation of overs.
It was not to worry though, as Barber’s first five wicket haul for Southwold ensured they were not upstaged, as they completed the double over their local rivals. Next week they travel to Melton for their final game of the 2013 season.