Southwold’s seamers set up an easy chase for their batsmen as they blew Horsford away for 59 en route to the Saturday XI’s second consecutive victory. The win puts them third in the early season table with a game in hand over the two above them.
A good toss to win and a good decision to bowl from captain Sam Booker put Horsford in and the breakthrough came in the third over as Jason Hall yorked Adrian Bryan for 5. A stubborn stand from fellow opener A. Turner and Metcalf held up the visitors though, as through watchful defence they blunted the new ball pairing of Hall and Ed Garrard. However, after an lbw appeal from Hall was turned down Metcalf was caught half way down the wicket and a direct hit from Garrard fielding at short fine-leg had Southwold their second wicket of the day. Horsford were in greater strife soon afterwards as 32/2 became 40/5 – after Booker moved his cover fielder into the slip cordon to tempt a drive, home skipper James McGowan couldn’t resist and was well caught behind by wicketkeeper Stefan Clifford off Hall; Turner was bowled for a resilient 20 by a good ball from Garrard; his namesake J. Turner lobbed a catch to captain Booker at mid-off, again off Garrard. J. Snelling played an aggressive knock as he chose to attack Southwold’s bowlers, striking three boundaries in his 16, before he pulled first change Bowden to mid-off and then it was down to Terry Booker to clean up the innings in precise fashion. In his brief spell he conceded just one run and claimed Kelly, Slater, Harvey and Ahmad for the remarkable figures of 2.3-1-1-4 as Southwold mopped the tail up to leave the batsmen with the job of knocking off 60 for victory.