Goffin Clinches Plate Thriller

Southwold sealed a thriller to progress to the quater-finals of the Plate at the expense of Saxmundham as Aaron Goffin’s 21-ball 30* catapulted them to an away draw at Wortham.

After inserting their hosts following a wet morning and afternoon in Saxmundham, Southwold watched as opener Stephen Owston his 78 off 89 balls in a game shortened to 25 overs per side. Receiving support from Billy Thurston (22) and Stuart Goddard (23) the left hander blasted the Southwold attack to all parts before he was caught by Jordan Barber off Edward Garrard, after one leg-side heave too many. Thurston was bowled by Barber before both Goddard and Ray Halls were run out as Saxmundham scrambled for all the runs they could get as Southwold’s bowlers salvaged a situation that had looked ominous. Barber’s 1/14, Steve Hines 0/16 and Sam Booker’s 0/25 were miserly and effective as the visitors restricted their hosts to 146/4.

Opening with Booker, Southwold’s captain Gareth Gorst-Allman set the tone in the reply, scoring 52 off 58 balls. He peppered the midwicket boundary whilst Booker accelerated in the chase, hitting three fours in a row before being bowled by Ollie Hayman for 45. Hayman then castled Gorst-Allman, leaving Southwold needing just under 40 runs in five overs. After absorbing the pressure, Goffin then launched his attack with a slog sweep off Halls which cleared the boundary riders with ease – and in Halls’ next over he hit 22 runs to all but finish the game. Barber picked apart a tightly packed field with a deft reverse sweep before the pair scampered another two to win the game.
Southwold travel to Wortham on the 2nd of August for their quarter-final – the other fixtures being Worlingworth v Needham Market, Ipswich & East Suffolk v Shotley Peninsula and St Margaret’s v Woodbridge & Old Woodbridgians.

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