Southwold’s young side were unable to capitalise on their excellent work in the field against Mellis, as they collapsed in pursuit of 117 for victory.
Opening the innings, 13 year old debutant Hugo Gillespie’s innings of 27 was a real bright spot for the visitors as they reached 60/1 in the 22nd over. Gillespie drove through the covers with ease and clipped balls off his pads through the legside firmly as Mellis’ experienced attack failed to break him initially- but after he departed, bowled by Marcus Cooper (3/38), Southwold’s innings began to fade away. Andy Hirst (27) battled gamely on a slow pitch that proved run-making difficult but from reaching half-way in a position of strength, Southwold’s lower order struggled, and they lost their final eight wickets for just 33 runs, with Richard Cooper collecting 4/11.
Earlier in the day, the bowling of Gillespie – who took 2/9 with his mixture of off and leg spin – and fellow youngster Sam Bowles who picked up 1/21 with his seamers was promising as Southwold’s young side started the day well. Steve Hines, returning after an injury break, took three wickets early on following five consecutive maidens whilst Stuart Gillespie, also making his first appearance for the club, created chances at the other end and was unlucky not to pick up his maiden wicket. Piers Currie introduced pace to the attack and bowled Darren Stringer with a curving out-swinger, whilst Bowles got one to nip off the seam to bowl danger-man Ben Roberts for an aggressive 44. His younger brother Tom was active in the field, stopping several shots en route to the boundary, as he and all the young players in Southwold’s team backed up their bowlers as they bowled out Mellis for 116.
It was not to be their day, however, as the home team exerted pressure and their experience saw them home by 23 runs.