Despite Craig Gorst-Allman easing to a run-a-ball 94* in Southwold’s innings, a knock which salvaged the home side’s hopes, the Ipswich Caribbeans managed to restrict Southwold to 140/7 in their 40 overs – a score they managed to reel in via Paul Denness’s unbeaten 53.
Steve Hines got Southwold’s hopes up with the early wicket of Michael Lythcott, bowled in the first over, and once Ramon Milwood picked out Mark Love off Gareth Gorst-Allman to leave the visitors 12/2 Southowld’s 10 man team believed that had a real chance. Yet with his brother Clive, the other Denness began a resolute innings of solid blocks and the occasional withering blow – his effort lasted 98 balls whilst others played more expansively around him. Clive Denness cut to Terry Smith at point, Garry De’ath was lbw to Craig Gorst-Allman who quickly added Sanjay Patel, caught at midwicket by Aaron Goffin and Southwold thought they had a chance again – before Anthony Gibson’s 19 ball 23 took the game away from them once more. Despite him missing a straight one from Gareth Gorst-Allman the Caribbeans were soon taken over the line by Munnin Patel, and a 5 wicket victory was rightfully earned with Paul Denness unbroken at the other end.
Three early wickets set Southwold back at the start of the day as they found runs hard to come by due to the Caribbeans’ economic opening bowlers. Gareth Gorst-Allman was caught behind, then Goffin run out tightly, before Alex Britten lifted Paul Denness to mid off: at 24/3 Southwold needed a partnership. And that’s exactly what Shane Gosling and Craig Gorst-Allman gave them as the former became the first of three batsmen to make 23 during the game in a stand of 76. Gorst-Allman unfurled his usual array of lacing drives and hefty flicks off his pads, as well as sharp judgement between the wickets – in other circumstances his innings would have been on the winning side but just as the top order had collapsed, so did the lower order beneath him. The last four wickets fell for just 35, and Southwold fell short of a challenging total.
They are on the road next week, to Kesgrave.