Southwold Cricket Club’s 2nd XI played their first competitive game for many years – and started with a deserved win by 29 runs against Martham 2nd XI.
Put in to bat on a very green wicket, Southwold’s opening pair of 13 year olds Ezra Fuller and Hugo Gillespie defied their years by firstly seeing off the young opening bowlers then negotiating their way through the more experienced bowlers from the visitors. They put on 73 for the first wicket before Fuller (34) was bowled by Abrahams with a full length ball hitting the top of off stump.
Skipper Shane Gosling (15) came in and supported Gillespie in a partnership that took to score to 100 before being adjudged LBW to the accurate left arm bowling of Abrahams. Club stalwart Andy Hirst joined Gillespie for a 40 run partnership that saw the youngster reach his maiden club 50 before being caught at deep midwicket for an excellent 65. Hirst (40*) accelerated through to the close of Southwold’s innings to a very acceptable 195 for the loss of 5 wickets.
In reply Martham ‘s policy of attacking shots saw both openers back in the clubhouse with only 3 runs on the scoreboard. Stronach (43) came to the wicket and continued to take the game to the bowlers, striking 3 big sixes, and was well supported by all rounder Abrahams (16). However, both were removed by Southwold’s opening bowlers Jason Griffiths and Stuart Gillespie, the pair keeping their line and length while under pressure. This was swiftly followed by Gillespie taking a further two wickets to reduce the visitors to 71/6 at the end of the 12th over.
Martham skipper D Spencer, who was carrying an injury from bowling, came to the wicket and showed his intent as he hit a six early on. As Griffiths and Gillespie finished their excellent opening spell of 7 overs each, skipper Gosling’s change to Sam Bowles and Jake Fuller was rewarded with each clean bowling a wicket each – but still the visiting skipper was at the crease, with the score on 87-8.
Firstly, supported by opening bowler Woodward, Spencer took the score to 129 before young Henry Carter, another debutant ran out Woodward off his own bowling. Then supported by his daughter Shannon, a Norfolk Womens cricketer, he took the score to 166 until trying to put Hugo Gillespie over the midwicket boundary, only to find the gleeful hands of Jake Fuller, as he fell for an excellent 78 that on another day could have won the match.
A perfect start for Southwold’s 2nd XI, and a win for a young side against experienced opposition. Next week the team are on the road, away at Winterton B.