A maiden senior fifty to Aaron Goffin laid the foundations for Southwold’s Sunday XI as they racked up 194 at Sudbourne Hall, a total they defended with relative ease, bowling out their opponents for just 118 to claim a 20-point victory.
A 59 run partnership with Jordan Barber allowed Goffin to reach the landmark with a partner willing to take risks – Barber’s 39 off 36 balls was punctuated with flowing straight drives and confident footwork to Sudbourne’s spinners looking to tie the pair down. Meanwhile Goffin accumulated steadily as he picked the gaps and ran hard to build his score. The 15 year old reached his 50 with a three clipped through the legside, a stroke that epitomised his busy innings. He fell finally for 69 off 81 balls, and it was left to Matt Barbrook to seal Southwold’s innings in style with a six off the last ball as Southwold took 78 from the final 10 overs.
In reply, Jonny Rice stood firm whilst Southwold ran through his teammates – Rice’s 46 featured plenty of pleasing strokes but when he was removed, brilliantly caught and bowled by Craig Gorst-Allman, the end was never far away. Steve Hines bowled as miserly as ever for his 2/32 from 10 overs, whilst Gorst-Allman took 2/19 from his nine overs. After taking a catch earlier in the day, Goffin was brought on to complete his game to remember – throwing his leg breaks up he had Robert Jenkin stumped well by Shane Gosling, before both Simon Denny and Sam Stowe were caught out. It was a thorough performance from Southwold, with special mention going to Harry and Finley Barbrook – two of Southwold’s U9 cricketers who fielded intermittently and excellently throughout the afternoon due to injuries to other players.
Next week Southwold’s Sunday XI turn their attention to the Cup, as they travel to Melton St. Audry for their first round fixture.