Southwold’s Under 9s beat Norwich Cricket Club in the Norfolk Cricket Alliance final and won the John Dewing Trophy in a comprehensive performance at Garboldisham CC, a victory which sees them win Southwold’s first ever age group title.
Southwold won the toss and elected to bat, and all four pairs batted excellently. Reuben Harvey and Toby Burgess scored 17 together, whilst Joab Carr and Olly Currie consolidated the good start, scoring 12. Harry Barbrook and wicketkeeper Ryan Bland accelerated, putting on 31 with the former top scoring with 20, whilst his brother Finley and Oscar Taylor sealed the good work by scoring 26 together, as Southwold reached 286 for the loss of just three wickets – their net score finishing on 274.
In the field Southwold supported their bowlers brilliantly, and two good run outs – courtesy of Currie and Burgess – kept Norwich on their toes. All of the bowlers bowled well with Harvey taking 2 wickets whilst Carr, Currie and Finley Barbrook all chipped in with one. Southwold restricted their opponents to 265/7, a net total of 237, and won out eventually by 37 runs.
Man of the match went to Reuben Harvey for his excellent all round performance.
Commiserations to a gallant effort from Norwich who never recovered from losing 5 wickets in the second pairing, yet both teams can be proud of reaching the final. Finally, thanks must be extended to Under 9 coach Matt Barbrook and his fleet of parent-helpers who guided the group to the silverware and of course to Garboldisham who hosted the final so well.