Southwold’s Saturday XI won their first home game of 2014 after Harry Booker’s 4-25 from his 10 overs helped restrict Beeston to 158/8 in a game reduced to 40 overs aside. In reply, a 69 run partnership between captain Sam Booker and vice-captain Alex Britten broke the back of the chase, before Shane Gosling’s 23 off 17 balls sealed the game with an over and one ball to spare.
After winning the toss and electing to bowl first, Southwold’s opening bowlers struggled as Beeston’s first wicket shared a 57 run stand. It was eventually broken in the 11th over as Harry Booker picked up his first, pinning Adrian Parke LBW. In his next he removed fellow opener Martin Wall, before adding Robert Wall and Chris Woods to his list. It was an incisive spell of bowling that tested the techniques of the batsmen, and in tandem with Terry Booker, who bowled an equally tight 10 overs, Southwold squeezed the visitors’ middle order. Sam Booker and David Barbrook continued the pressure with spin, before Luke Bailey returned to have Michael Kimber caught behind for a good 32, and then bowling Phil Blackford for 19. Some late scrambling from Beeston’s tail helped add a few runs but on the whole it was a good performance from Southwold in the field in draining heat.
After tea, Trevor Clifford was first to go after slicing a catch to gully before Barbrook followed for a swift 12, as he chipped a catch to the on side. Sam Booker joined Britten at the crease and the pair ran well before Booker unfurled an array of cover drives against an accurate bowling attack. The pair took Southwold to the 100 mark before Britten lobbed a catch to long-on for 46, but in Daryl Hill, Booker found a good partner who upped the run rate just as things were getting a touch tight. Booker was stumped for 48, decieved by the nagging Martin Wall, and Hill was bowled round his legs by Parke, but it was to no avail – Gosling’s breezy innings was sufficient for Southwold to win the game, completing a satisfying run chase.
Next week Southwold are on the road again, this time visiting Hethersett & Tas Valley.