Southwold Into Plate Final

After bowling out the visitors to the Common for 92, Southwold’s batsmen knocked off the runs against Woodbridge & Old Woodbridgians to advance to the final of the John Boast Memorial Plate to be played at Easton Cricket Club next Sunday against fellow victors Needham Market. That game will be a re-run of the 2012 final, a game Southwold memorably won.

It was a good toss to win by home captain Gareth Gorst-Allman and Steve Hines got to work straight away as he bowled Ashken and Whitlock with only three runs scored. Warbon-Davies nicked off to wicketkeeper Stefan Clifford and fellow opener Jason Hall then got in on the action to bowl Owen as the visitors capitulated, losing their first seven wickets for under 40 runs. Without Scopes (33) they would have fared even worse as Tom Chibnall and Hall continued to plug away, but with Nathan Jenkins Woodbridge finally found traction. The pair boosted their efforts with smart running and powerful shots, but on a day when bowling was the preferable art wickets were never far away. Sam Booker got one to pop off a length to remove Scopes, caught behind, and Tompkins and Deere swiftly fell to him to leave Jenkins stranded on an excellent 37* – his hard-work taking his side to 92 all out.

Southwold’s reply got off to a terrible start as opener Alex Britten was bowled by Jenkins second ball, but Gorst-Allman and Clifford righted the ship, and the pair both scored well. Clifford launched a towering six against the wind before being caught off Deere for 22, whilst the captain was yorked by the same bowler for a good 25. Sam Booker played well for 16 before he top-edged a pull to slip and the home team were in danger of falling apart at 71/4 – but Charles Le Versha (17*) and Chibnall (12*) saw Southwold home, with Le Versha pulling a big six over square leg to seal the game and the win by 6 wickets.
The replay of 2012’s final, on Easton’s neutral ground, will be a thrilling contest and all are welcome to travel and support the team.

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