Southwold’s Saturday XI beat league leaders Great Witchingham by 41 runs in a high scoring contest on The Common, a game which saw their No. 7 Luke Bailey hit his second consecutive fifty in a partnership with David Barbrook (39) which took the game away from the visitors.
Despite Southwold’s good start – Matt Barbrook scored 30, Stefan Clifford 27 and Sam Booker 23 – Bailey and Barbrook’s onslaught, which began with Southwold tottering on 97/5, deflated Great Witchingham and hoisted Southwold to a handy score of 258/9 in their 45 overs. Bailey’s 68 was littered with drives and one big six, whilst Barbrook’s enterprising innings was brought to an end in curious circumstances as, attempting another hefty blow, he lost his balance and knocked off his own bails.
Young gun Tyler Murphy led Great Witchingham’s reply as he scored 54 whilst fellow opener Symonds made 30 before he was bowled by Harry Booker. There were plenty of cameos in the innings – Riseborough made 24 before lifiting Ed Garrard to Matt Barbrook, whilst Hudson De Lucchi made 22 – but it was the wicket of Murphy, again falling to Garrard, which signalled the end of any serious chance of the runs being knocked off.
Sam Booker plugged away for his one wicket from 10 overs and there were good spells from Terry Booker and Luke Bailey, but Garrard’s 12 overs of testing bowling, bowled uphill and into the wind, which kept Great Witchingham in check. They made 217/7 in reply, resulting in Southwold’s victory by 41 runs.
Next week Southwold travel to Swanton Morley, looking for their sixth win in a row.