A bright but cool day greeted the Southwold 1st XI as they arrived at Winterton CC on Saturday for their first game of the new season in Division 3 East of the Norfolk Cricket League.
Southwold won the toss and put the home side into bat and the opening bowlers of Hall and Garrard started strongly, keeping the bowling tight and the scoring low. However, the attack was soon changed and after 8 overs the home side were 16/0 and Southwold were desperate for that opening breakthrough. And it was Steve Hines who provided it, as he took opener Brannigan with a knick to Jason Hall at second slip, who had only been moved there after the previous ball had been edged to where he would have been standing. Gareth Gorst-Allman continued to threaten at the other before being rewarded with his first wicket of the season, as the Winterton skipper Witheridge chipped a catch into the open hands of Matthew Barbrook fielding at cover. The wickets continued to fall in steady succession, with Terry Booker doing the brunt of the work in dismissing three of the Winterton middle order. It was a good performance all round for the Southwold team as they bowled out the Winterton side for just 103.
Following tea the visiting side got off to a slippery start, with opener Barbrook falling in the third over to Lockhart and, just two balls later, he dismissed Clifford caught behind. He soon yorked the Southwold captain Sam Booker to put his team right back in the contest, but it was Alex Britten and Gorst-Allman who brought Southwold back into the frame, as their partnership continued onto drinks, steadily knocking off the runs needed to clinch the opening league win. Britten started his 2016 campaign with a solid unbeaten 20 whilst Gorst-Allman knocked up 68*with six fours throughout his innings and three sixes in four balls to seal the game on 108/3, capping off a strong seven wicket victory.
Next week Southwold’s 1st XI face local opponents, Kirkley and Belton, at home. The game starts at 13:30 on The Common, with all invited to come and support the team.