Southwold tied their game against Easton off the last ball in an enthralling contest that could have gone either way. With five runs needed off the last over, Easton’s Alex Aitchison kept it tight, conceding just two runs off the bat as Steve Hines and Charlie Le Versha could only manage to scramble through for a bye off the last ball, tying the scores.
It was a game that was eminently winnable for Southwold, after they reached 124/3 in pursuit of 160. George Mattocks in particular gave the visitors a good start with a series of well timed drives, but he was soon lbw to Josh Cantrell for 22. Aaron Goffin fell soon after, attempting a slog sweep, but with Ryan Moore at the crease, the runs started to flow. Opening batsman Alex Britten gave the strike to Moore who hit boundaries at will, and when Britten was out just after drinks, Southwold were in a good position. However, a crazy run out that saw Moore short of his ground for 40 gave the momentum back to Easton, who took a series of quick strikes, including the important wicket of Shane Gosling for 30. The game had turned on its head going into the last over and it was Aitchison who held his nerve with a good over of full length balls which Southwold failed to get away.
Earlier in the day, Southwold’s bowlers did a lot of hard work to restrict Easton to 159, though it could have been fewer. Hines was on song with 4/26 as he took out both openers, as well as Athul Sarangan and Will Fiske in quick succession, whilst Goffin had Cantrell held in the slips for 23 to leave the hosts reeling on 63/5. Southwold’s change bowlers performed well, and Duncan Hume’s 3/42, as he chipped away at the Easton middle-order was pivotal, though the 8th and 9th wicket stands – as Tom Bosher, firstly with James Keeble, and then with Aitchison – put on vital runs which undid the good work Southwold had put in earlier in the innings. However, Easton’s total of 159 still looked in reach, even going into the last over of the game.
As it was, a tie seemed a fair result, though both sides will be frustrated at failing to win it. Next week Southwold are at home as they play Sudbourne Hall.