League leaders Beetley handed out a thrashing to Southwold’s Saturday XI on The Common at the weekend, only their second defeat of the summer, to dent their hopes of reeling in their high flying opposition as the season enters the final furlong.
Electing to bat first, Southwold were soon on the back foot as the top order collapsed to accurate, probing bowling as well as some indifferent decision making by the batsmen. At 14/4 Southwold were staring at a record low, but Terry Booker, with his highest score for Southwold, provided some effective resistance. The lower order hung around with Booker, who valiantly took a number of body blows as Beetley looked to bounce him out, and it was a measure of Southwold’s failure with the bat that in scoring 17, Piers Currie and Josh Wells, batting at Nos. 10 and 11, scored more between them than seven of their teammates. Booker’s 20* withstood Beetley skipper Michael Calvert who did the main damage taking 4/18 from 12 overs, whilst the others did their part to exert pressure on the home team as Southwold were bowled out for 78.
In reply, the home team were looking to invoke the spirit of the last time the teams met – in May, Southwold scored 95 before bowling out Beetley for 59 – but it was not to be. Despite Stefan Clifford’s sharp stumping to remove Harley Tye and Booker having Daykin lbw, David Taylor scored 45* to ease Beetley to victory. Taylor – who had earlier taken 1/6 off 6.2 overs – hit five fours and one six and took the visitors to the win within 22 overs, which continued their string of victories dating back to Southwold’s visit earlier in the season.
Southwold are on the road next Saturday as they visit second placed Beeston, looking to erase the bad memories of this weekend.