The penultimate match of the season saw Diss come to the common on the 19th June.
After winning the toss, Diss put us in and the boys posted a score of 336 for 6 making a net score of 300. A solid batting performance from most. The bad balls were put away well and it was good to see lots of singles taken. Only Thomas had a bad day with the bat, trying to reverse pull every ball, but he made up for this later.
After drinks Southwold kept it tidy with bowling from Bruno, Owen and Bryn not giving many runs away. Sneaking a couple of run outs kept the pressure on. Enter Thomas who produced an excellent spell of mystery spin from the Sea End, with three wickets for just seven runs off his three overs. Ezra steamed in from the Town End and proceeded to completely blast the last two batsmen away. Stumps were flying almost every ball he bowled. Six wickets from three including a double hat-trick.
Special mention to Anton whose keeping is improving all the time and Owen, who made an impressive debut for the club.
Another well deserved win against a team who had two very good players, both girls, one who was brilliant in the field with a lightning throw and a joy to watch.
Our last match was against Bungay on the 26th June. With pleasant weather and a large crowd in, the prospect of a good game was buzzing around the ground. Ezra won the toss and chose to bat, a tactic which has served us well this season. However, Bungay’s opening bowlers Joe (not the Booker type) and Tom took five wickets against our first pair, who were not experienced enough yet to cope with fast accurate bowling.
From then on Thomas, Bruno, Liam on debut, and Ben (who particularly impressed with smart batting and good calling and running), crawled us back from minus runs. It was up to Ezra and Henry to post a defendable target as the last pair. Knowing we needed runs Ezra went on the attack from ball one hitting six fours, swinging freely though the ball to hit over the top, and driving through the covers.
A final net score of 227 was going to be tough to defend but things didn’t go our way in the field for the first time this season. The first up bowlers tried hard. Ben bowled really well with one wicket for two off two. Thomas took a wicket in his final over and Ezra bowled with heart to end with two wickets for just two runs off his three.
A combination of poor technique in the field and two crucial dropped catches lost us the match by ten runs. With six wins in seven matches played, the team have much to be proud of this season. They have really come a long way since their first season last year. Their skill and understanding of the game is improving all the time and they play with a good spirit. There is a good chance they will reach the finals in August which was my ambition this season.
Thanks very much to Georgie, Geraldine and Sula for making some lovely teas and to those who helped them, making it a pleasure for the visiting teams. Also thanks to Paul, John and Neil for help with setting up, scoring and crowd control.