Southwold’s bowlers rolled through North Walsham to set up an easy chase and another full points win in the Norfolk Cricket League to keep up the pressure on leaders Beeston, whom they now trail by just 13 points.
After electing to bat on a green wicket, the visitors to The Common found themselves in early strife at 20/2 as opening bowlers Ed Garrard and Jason Hall struck to remove Bean and Stringer. Batchelor (24) and Hill (20) dug in and saw off the new ball, forcing captain Sam Booker to shuffle his bowlers; and the change worked, with Hill picked out Hall off Harry Booker before Batchelor was finally lbw to Terry Booker. He would go on to record figures of 3/5 as he added opposition skipper Hornagold and Jeffries to his collection, whilst Harry Booker had Maguire lbw for 9 to finish with 2/17. Jason Hall returned and picked off the middle order en route to 3/31 whilst David Barbrook was introduced at the end and with his second ball of the day accepted a high return catch off Howes – 0/1 was his return.
Chasing 82 the home team needed to be wary on a pitch that offered bowlers assistance but openers Alex Britten and Matt Barbrook started confidently, Barbrook cutting and driving well. He was out soon after in unusual fashion – after playing and missing, wicketkeeper Jeffries threw the stumps down to find the batsman fractionally short of his crease and Southwold were 39/1. Stefan Clifford joined Britten and after taking time to acclimatise to the conditions, hit three fours in succession as Southwold made short work of the total, winning within 15 overs, Britten 34 not out, Clifford 22 not out.
Next week the side travel to Ashmanaugh & Barton Wanderers, looking for another win to keep the heat on Beeston.