Craig Gorst-Allman blasted 92 to take Southwold to victory at BT Waldringfield as the visitors chased down 140 within 27 overs and with five wickets to spare.
Despite losing Gareth Gorst-Allman, the younger of the South Africans, to a great leg side catch for one, Southwold went about their chase in a calm fashion. Alex Britten and Charlie Le Versha steadily and sensibly accumulated before the latter was run out going for a second, a wicket which brought Gorst-Allman the Elder to the crease. He found the middle of the bat almost straight away and after he hit his third scoring shot for six, he didn’t look back.
He hit sixes and fours at will, outscoring Britten (24) before finding a resilient partner in Duncan Hume. In their 72 run partnership, Hume scored just 4 runs as Gorst-Allman hit sixes and fours at will – eight maximums and 9 fours in total, including 34 off one over. He was bowled for 92 when just two were required for victory, which was sealed in the following over.
Earlier in the day, BT Waldringfield won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket that looked to offer something for both batsmen and bowlers. Steve Hines kept it tight early on and in his second over Kevin Nunn lost patience and chipped a catch to Ed Garrard at mid-off, before he bowled Sachin Rane in his eighth. Akshay John and Sumantha Surendra then put on a good partnership before the latter was bowled by Garrard, who bowled 10 good overs on the trot, going for just 19. The theme of tight bowling and good fielding was continued with the two Gorst-Allmans keeping the opposition under wraps and despite John scoring a good 56, BT were kept to a mediocre score which proved far too little once Southwold got stuck in.
Next week is the first weekend of home games for Southwold – the Saturday XI host Hingham on the 10th before Easton visit on the 11th to play the Sunday XI.