League leaders Kesgrave ran out 7 wicket victors over Southwold on Sunday, as Dom Gallant steered the chase with a run-a-ball 78*. In partnership with Mike Worne (35*), Gallant timed his innings well and in the end Southwold’s total of 140 on a good batting track was never enough.
Southwold started steadily, but when Alex Britten and then Aaron Goffin fell with just 50 on the board, captain Gareth Gorst-Allman and his vice Charles Le Versha had to bat sensibly. Not for the first time this season Southwold were fielding an understrength team, leaving them with a rather substantial tail, so calm accumulation was needed. Gorst-Allman ticked the strike over and brought up a 71 ball half century, but fell soon after as he looked to push on in the final ten overs, bringing Duncan Hume to the crease who looked to up the run rate. Yet he was run out for 11, leaving Shane Gosling to slap a couple of last over boundaries in an attempt to give Southwold a chance but he perished at cow corner, looking for a maximum. Southwold had fallen short of a truly challenging total whilst Kesgrave bowled and fielded tightly, with Worne the pick taking 1/22 off his allotment.
The visitors began their defence well as Alfie Hunt took a good catch off Gorst-Allman to remove opener Simon Betts, whilst a Steve Hines slower ball totally deceived Ben Colver, who was bowled for 21. Joe Bonner was run out for 4 to leave the home side on 58/3, but Worne played a steady hand to support his opening batsman Gallant. As Southwold rung the changes, Kesgrave continued to move through the gears and winning with over 10 overs to spare was a measure of the mis-match on the day.
Southwold’s Sunday team have a week off, before a friendly the following week, and then a return to league action the subsequent week away at Easton where they will hope for a stronger team and a better performance.