Southwold’s Saturday XI knocked off 200 against Mundford to claim their first win of the season on a hot day in North Norfolk.
The eighth wicket pair of Harry Booker and Luke Bailey put on 50 runs to frustrate the hosts after steady wickets had set Southwold’s chase back, and put their opposition in a good position to win the game. Yet the two put on a resilient and well timed partnership which belied the maturity of the team as a whole: picking off the quick singles where they could and pushing even quicker twos, they mixed resolute defence with measured attack to build on a brilliant 56 scored by David Barbrook, which had been the backbone of the chase. Indeed the middle order as a whole contributed after the visitors found themselves 8/2 after two overs.
Trevor Clifford was caught off a leading edge first ball, whilst Stefan Clifford was bowled by the last ball of the next over by one which nipped back in by captain Andrew Finch. Alex Britten fell soon after, caught on the boundary for nine before Sam Booker, Matt Barbrook and Daryl Hill all played positively. Yet it was Barbrook senior’s innings that was pivotal as it set the hosts on the back foot – nine boundaries and two towering maximums put doubts into their minds, and then the Booker/Bailey partnership all but sealed it. Bailey was yorked by Finch with 15 still needed for victory and it was left to Ed Garrard to lace a cover drive to the fence to finish the game off, and cap a two wicket win for Southwold.
Earlier in the day, Mundford had been inserted by Southwold and had looked set to make Booker rue the decision as they reached 127/3. Led by Daniel White’s excellent 64 and Jonathan Rice’s more belligerent 56, the home team were rattling along before Southwold exerted brilliant late innings pressure. Bailey was the pick of the bowlers, picking up 4/27 from his nine overs, including bowling a last over maiden. It was a disciplined performance from Southwold – there were minimal extras and the fielding effort was consistently good despite the oppressive heat.
Southwold are on the road again next week, as they travel to Dereham.