Booker Bundles Horsford as Southwold Win Again

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.

A new opening pairing of Alex Britten and Ezra Fuller did the bulk of the work as Horsford failed to capitalise on their chances, in particular an edge first ball which was dropped behind the stumps. The duo put on 45 for the first wicket before Britten fell and the 11 year old Fuller, playing just his second competitive senior game, was unable to finish the job after an excellent, assured and classy knock of 26 was brought to an abrupt end as he feathered a catch behind. Clifford hit the winning runs next ball however, as Southwold took full points and an 8 wicket win.
Next week they host league leaders Beeston in a game which could have a big bearing on the positions at the top of the table come the end of the summer.
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