Jordan Barber scored a gritty 52* to lead Southwold to victory over BT Waldringfield in the Suffolk Alliance by 7 wickets, just the Sunday XI’s third league win of the season.
Wickets were at a premium on The Common as the visitors scored 203/3 in their 40 overs – Kevin Nunn carrying his bat for 80*, whilst Sumanth Surendra (52), Sureshkumar Mathan (25) and Rob Harris (31*) all played expansive knocks. Steve Hines and Jordan Barber opened the bowling and were tight, but as the batsmen got in and found runs easy to come by, Southwold had to become more defensive. Captain Gareth Gorst-Allman was tricky to get away and bowled 10 good overs whilst Charlie Le Versha and Luke Bailey tried to blast the batsmen out – for the full 40 overs, Southwold’s fielding was near spotless, important when runs could have started leaking.
Southwold’s openers began their chase steadily as Gorst-Allman was the more aggressive of the two whilst Alex Britten took more time to find his feet. Gorst-Allman began to open up and, despite having a life when he was dropped at midwicket, peppered the cover boundary with a series of increasingly rasping drives. He was out for a 39 ball 41 when pinned lbw by Mathan, and no sooner had Aaron Goffin come to the crease and struck a couple of early boundaries, he too was on his way after being caught brilliantly by Chatterjee at point off Akshay John.
Southwold could have been in a sticky situation after Britten lofted Chatterjee to Surendra at long off for 45, but whilst Barber got on with his work determinedly, Ryan Moore found the going much easier. He slammed 36* off just 32 balls and took the pressure off Barber who found the middle of his bat easily enough, but not the gaps in the field. He found more release as the game entered the latter stages though, and was present at the end to hit the winning runs, and bring up his fifty in the process.
It was a complete victory by Southwold, earned by their energetic and consistently good fielding, and finished off by the top order. Next week they travel to Brantham, looking to continue their good form.