Southwold had no answers to Brantham’s Harry Parkes as the opener peeled off 125* in securing an eight wicket victory for his team to spoil Southwold’s first home game of 2014.
Southwold could only reach 161 against a well drilled bowling attack and that target always looked well within the visitor’s reach. Parkes was the main force throughout the Brantham innings as he dominated the first wicket stand of 60 (scoring 45) and the bulk of the scoring thereafter – when he reached his ton his team were already well placed on 123/2. Those two wickets were all that Southwold’s bowlers would get to show for their toil in the heat: Edward Nobbs was run out brilliantly by Craig Gorst-Allman as the bowler got a finger on a straight drive from Parkes deflecting it onto the stumps, whilst he also had Jason Pembroke caught at extra cover by Duncan Hume. Dan Page kept Parkes company and lofted a six over long off to seal the game and a chastening defeat for the home side.
With the bat Southwold had been well placed to accelerate and set a challenging total but wickets at crucial times kept pegging them back. Captain Gareth Gorst-Allman was ever present at the crease and his 57 was a gritty opener’s knock, whilst his brother Craig was just getting going before he was caught at cover for 23. Hume scrapped to 24 before he too was caught looking to put the foot down and despite the best efforts of Shane Gosling (18) he could not lift Southwold to a big score.
Southwold travel to Sudbourne Hall next weekend, looking to gain another win on the road.