On a hot afternoon in Southwold, Kesgrave’s Tom Piddington and Daniel McCall set up a mauling of the hosts’ Sunday XI, continuing their winless record at home in 2014. Piddington rode his luck to make 122 whilst McCall took 6/25 as Southwold’s batsmen wilted and wimpered to 46 all out, completing a loss by 193 runs.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Kesgrave struck a flurry of early boundaries before Dom Gallant was bowled by Steve Hines, who quickly added Simon Betts to his list for a duck. Piddington and new man Joe Bonner batted till drinks, with the former bringing up his fifty having hit seven fours. And whilst Bonner was soon on his way, bowled by Craig Gorst-Allman for 14, Piddington could have joined him, after being dropped at square leg. He and Mike Worne continued to score freely, and before long Piddington had brought up his century with another boundary. He was out soon after, skying a catch to Gareth Gorst-Allman, and was followed in the next over by Nathan Young. Worne batted fluently with Ben Garnham before the returning Luke Bailey castled him, and a smattering of late wickets brought the Kesgrave innings to a close in the last over, with Connor Betts stumped off Craig Gorst-Allman who took 4/51.
Southwold’s reply resembled a baby bird that flew the nest too early: lots of half-hearted attempts to get going before being picked off by a prowling cat. Openers Gareth Gorst-Allman and Alex Britten were bowled early – the first by Daniel McCall and the latter by Connor Betts – before Craig Gorst-Allman was run out via a direct hit from the long off boundary. Aaron Goffin looked to play his shots before he too was bowled by McCall, who would add Shane Gosling, Charlie Arlington, Jordan Saunders and Bailey to his tally for the day.
Southwold managed four boundaries to Kesgrave’s 26, and only one of the home team’s batsmen made double figures. It was a chastening day and one that will be remembered as Southwold look to put it behind them. They celebrate President’s Day next Sunday before a return to league action in a fortnight, as they host BT Waldringfield.