Southwold’s 2015 season got off to a dreadful start as they were mauled by 2014 champions Kesgrave in a one-sided game, resulting in a handsome 10 wicket win for the hosts.
Electing to bat after winning the toss, Southwold captain Gareth Gorst-Allman and Alex Britten got off to a confident start but as Kesgrave’s opening bowlers found their range and began to control the swinging ball there were awkward questions asked. Gorst-Allman was first to go, getting a leading edge to an outswinger off Adrian Gale before Britten played inside an inswinger from Sridhar Bandari. Jordan Barber top edged to keeper Colver whilst Charlie Le Versha was run out – and when Shane Gosling chipped one to mid-off Southwold were in a pit at 40/5. Only Sam Booker showed any commitment to the cause for his 21, containing plenty of promising strokes, but there was carnage at the other end as Andy Hirst, Ed Garrard and Adil Naseem all came and went. It was Booker who went last, bowled by leg-spinner Chris Price, as Southwold were all out for 87.
Whilst Kesgrave bowled well, particularly with the new ball, there were plenty of mediocre shots by Southwold on a good pitch, and they knew that Kesgrave would be looking to wrap things up quickly. And that was exactly what they did after tea, as openers Tom Piddington and Mike Worne put on an unbeaten 90 run stand to finish things within 15 overs, Piddington the pick of the two with 62*.
Lots to work on for Southwold then as they visit Saxmundham next Sunday.