Horsford Resist Southwold

Southwold maintained their unbeaten record in the Norfolk Cricket League but were frustrated by obdurate Horsford batsmen, who gave up just four of their wickets, as the home team could only take 23 points from the win, losing ground on leaders Beeston in the process.

After winning the toss, the home side were immediately on the back foot as both openers were dismissed for ducks to leave the team 0/2 in the third over. Captain Sam Booker and Matt Barbrook again salvaged their innings, the pair putting on 60 for the third wicket before Barbrook was bowled around his legs for 25. New man Tom Chibnall was just as busy at the crease in his 18 ball 28 and put on another 60 run stand with his skipper before David Barbrook continued the big partnership theme with a quick 50. Booker brought up his own 50, playing shots all around the wicket and looked set for a hundred before being caught at mid-off from a leading edge for a 79-ball 89, leaving Barbrook to anchor the innings with the tail. He batted well for 66*, whilst contributions from Terry Booker (20) and Harry Booker (29) showed the strength in the Southwold tail. Their eventual total, 272 all out, was an excellent effort after their unpromising start.

Faced with a daunting total, Horsford’s Collinson decided to attack and scored 44 in no time before falling lbw to Jason Hall, who had earlier pinned Bryan in front for 4. Sam Booker then had Masdin caught before captain Will Pummell dead batted for 25* whilst Aldridge played more shots for 76, having received a life early on, being dropped in the covers. And despite Hall yorking Aldridge with just under ten overs to go, Southwold were unable to force Horsford into a collapse as Turner joined Pummell to bat out the remainder of their overs.

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