Southwold suffered their second loss in as many games as the 2015 season continues to frustrate them, with Saxmundham running out easy winners on a tricky pitch.
Losing the toss and being inserted was the worst possible start, after overnight rain and under heavy clouds. Openers Gareth Gorst-Allman and Alex Britten were in a battle straight away with variable bounce – and despite getting one pull shot away, Gorst-Allman was first to go as he skied an attempted repeat, and was caught. Charlie Le Versha looked to take the attack to the opposition and nailed two consecutive pulls before he was bowled by an inswinger by Driver before Sam Booker and Shane Gosling fell in quick succession to leave the visitors teetering at 22/4. Andy Hirst joined Britten and the pair frustrated the home team for nearly 20 overs as the pitch began to dry – but it had demons just under the surface. When they were looking to accelerate the scoring, Britten was bowled by a low shooter by Butler before Hirst mistimed a pull shot to midwicket. From then on Southwold were losing wickets looking for bonus runs, and whilst Jake Fuller managed to get a few to his name, there was little else for Southwold to cherish – and they managed just the 90 runs in their 40 overs.
After tea Saxmundham had the benefit of a drying wicket and a quicker outfield – but were still made to work hard for their runs off Steve Hines and Adil Naseem, who bowled with good pace. They battled through and applied themselves well before putting their foot down with the finishing line in sight. Halls brought up his fifty with the winning shot, a straight drive off youngster Ezra Fuller, and it signalled a resounding win for the hosts.
Once again, Southwold have much to ponder before next week’s trip to St. Margaret’s – their third away game on the bounce.