Southwold’s Sunday XI won their first game of the 2015 season over Brantham, an encouraging peam performance that saw them sneak home by 2 wickets in the final over.
After winning the toss and choosing to bat, Brantham found themselves 0/1 after a sharp piece of work by Sam Booker at backward square leg ran out Ed Nobbs for a duck. Fellow opening batsman Harry Parkes, himself a centurion on Brantham’s last visit to Southwold in 2014, found a good partner in Adrian Stockton and the pair put on 57 before Parkes chipped a full toss from Steve Hines to Duncan Hume at square-leg for 36. Southwold then took two quick wickets – firstly Jason Hall, on his Sunday XI debut, bowled Cooper before Page was bowled by Gareth Gorst-Allman, leaving the visitors at 69/4. Jason Pembroke joined Stockton though, and the pair consolidated before attacking, scoring 70 runs in the final ten overs as Southwold let slip a good position. Stockton was run out by Jordan Barber on the final ball of the innings for 82, whilst Pembroke was not out for 37 as the visitors reached 170/5 off their 40 overs.
In reply, Southwold got off to a good start as Gorst-Allman scored freely at first, but he soon got a good ball from Pembroke that he could only edge to Stockton in the slips. Hume joined Alex Britten and, again, the pair sought to repair before looking to attack. Hume got a straight drive and a good cut shot away before he was caught off a top edge in the deep by Richard Uren for 19, and when Sam Booker was caught by Page in his follow-through for 3 Southwold were 70/3 and looking for a partnership. Le Versha and Britten put on 47 together – the former being the aggressor – before Britten edged the returning Pembroke behind to Parkes for 44 with the game in the balance. Southwold then suffered a mini-wobble: Le Versha was bowled soon after for 28, whilst Barber and Adil Naseem both got out cheaply as Southwold looked as if they were going to fall short at 136/6 with under five overs left. Enter Luke Bailey, who blitzed a 16 ball 28, taking the game away from Brantham at a crucial time – himself falling short of taking the team over the line, as he was bowled by Stockton in the penultimate over. It was left to Hall, who had earlier launched a big six off Pembroke, and Andy Hirst, who cut the winning runs away through point with four balls left in the game to give Southwold a much needed win.
Southwold can take great heart from this performance and will hope to take that form into their next match, away at Easton next Sunday.