Southwold’s bowlers choked the Swanton Morley innings en route to their sixth consecutive victory of the season – they have lost just one game this season, their opening fixture at the beginning of May.
Harry Booker and Luke Bailey opened the bowling and were miserly in the extreme – in the first fifteen overs of the innings that they shared, five overs were maidens and just five boundaries were struck. Only one wicket fell though – that of Richard Kerr to Bailey, who could have had another one as Ben Hudson was put down second ball. Hudson and opener Gary Whiteside were forced into watchful defence from the change bowlers too as Terry Booker and Ed Garrard both bowled ten overs straight through, conceding just one six and a four each.Hudson fell to Booker who quickly added James Palmer to his tally, whilst Garrard had Peter Butler caught by David Barbrook. Whiteside held his end up though and brought up a fifty in the penultimate over, whilst the returning Bailey had Jordy Butler caught behind off a clever slower ball. However such was the control from the bowlers and in the field that Swanton Morley could only reach 90/5 in their alloted overs as they managed to score just nine boundaries in their innings.
As Stefan Clifford and Alex Britten went out to open the batting with rain beginning to fall all around, it became swiftly apparent that Southwold were in a race against time. They got off to a good start chasing the small total before Clifford missed a mighty heave and Britten chopped on – but in George Caplin and captain Sam Booker there was steady accumulation. After smacking a six over midwicket Caplin was given leg before to Whiteside but it was not to matter as Barbrook came to support his skipper and the two knocked off the remaining 33 runs in quick time. Barbrook’s 24* came from just 21 balls whilst Booker’s 26* came off 30 as they made scoring look immeasurably easier than it had done earlier in the day.
Southwold’s win moved them up to second in the league, and with half the season completed they are well set to push for promotion. Next Saturday they host the only team to have beaten them this year – Reepham & Salle.