Twin centuries from Aaron Goffin and Alex Britten hoisted Southwold’s Saturday XI to a mammoth total of 364/4 against Dereham, a total which they defended as captain Sam Booker took 7/22, taking their winning streak to eight in a row.
Winning the toss and choosing to bat first on a good batting wicket, Southwold’s opening batsmen got off to a great start as Trevor Clifford and Britten took the attack to the Dereham bowlers. Runs flowed and after 17 overs they had put on 88 before Clifford ventured out of his crease, and was stumped off the impressive bowling of Ryan Curtis for 21. There was no respite for the bowlers as it became the Aaron Goffin show for the next 63 balls as he plundered 109 runs in a display of powerful hitting. In all he smote 17 fours and five sixes as Dereham ran out of ideas, before deciding he had had enough after reaching his century and retiring. Sam Booker joined Britten and kept up the run rate with an aggressive 35 off just 14 balls before he was bowled by Dean Coupland, and it wasn’t long before Britten joined him on the sidelines after he was pinned lbw by Ciaran Coupland for 133. There was just enough time for Jake Fuller and Will Tennant to both smack a four each, and take Southwold over 350, before the 45 overs was up to leave Dereham with a towering run chase.
And they looked in good shape to pull it off as the opening pair of Arthur Lake and Mark Fuller were severe on anything off line from Southwold’s bowlers. Luckily for Southwold, Fuller had to retire his innings on 22, but in Declan Bonus they found an equally aggressive batsman. Once Harry Booker bowled Lake with a great ball for 15, Southwold had an opening, and soon after Bonus was caught and bowled by Sam Booker – the first of his seven wickets for the afternoon. Whilst youngster Liam Jarvis played excellently amidst the carnage for his 27, wickets fell with regularity at the other end, mostly to Booker: he had both Dean and Ciaran Coupland caught by his brother at mid on, Paul Coupland stumped well by U15 wicketkeeper Isaac Woolnough and he himself held onto another return catch to take out Ben Jarrett. Piers Currie got in on the act to take two sharp catches close in to remove Adam Gooch and Josh Richardson, before Josh Wells had last man Jarvis held well by Tennant at square leg.
All in all it was a satisfying performance as Southwold’s batsmen did plenty of the hard work, but Sam Booker’s spell of 9-2-22-7 was match-winning stuff. Next week Southwold are at home again as they host league-toppers Beetley.