Gosling 164, Fuller 94 as Southwold 2nds Win Again

Southwold 2nds enjoyed their trip up the coast to Winterton CC as they recorded a convincing 133 run victory against Winterton B.

Southwold openers Ezra Fuller and David Woods, a recent returnee to the club, put on an excellent 56 for the first wicket before Woods (17) was caught sweeping to deep backward square leg.

Shane Gosling joined Fuller and on a benign wicket the pair proceeded to pour on the runs. Gosling took a little while to settle, trying to force the ball and taking a few chances but soon got into a rhythm and bludgeoned the ball to all parts of the ground to complete his first century for the club. At the other end,  Fuller played a faultless innings and recorded his maiden senior 50 for Southwold. The home captain tirelessly changed his bowling trying to break the partnership but had to wait until the 41st over when Fuller (94) top edged to the keeper to fall just 6 runs short of his first century and the curtain was drawn on a brilliant partnership of 229 runs. Gosling followed two overs later for a magnificent innings of 164, including 20 fours and 8 sixes – a club record for an individual score. Debutant Sammy Smith (11*) and Tom Cowley (2*) were given the opportunity to get to 300, which they took, with a score of 305/3 at the end of 45 overs.

After tea, the home side lost their young opener Bevan in the 2nd over with an excellent catch by Alan Day off opening bowler Jason Griffiths. Captain Laws and Witheridge took the game to Southwold and put on 56 in 10 overs before Griffiths claimed his second wicket with Woods catching a mistimed drive. Witheridge (55) continued to press the scoreboard and kept his team in the game until he was caught at square cover by Trevor Clifford off Jake Fuller with the score at 100 and, shortly afterwards, Sam Bowles took the next wicket with Day taking a comfortable catch. Despite an uncompromising knock from keeper Bland (40) the main threat had gone and wickets fell regularly until Sam Bowles took the final wicket in the 40th over.

Southwold bowlers shared the wickets – openers Day and Griffiths bowled a good line and length sharing 5 wickets; Ezra Fuller and Sam Bowles, despite their lack of experience took two each and Jake Fuller took the important wicket at a time when Winterton threatened the score.

However the day belonged to the batting of Ezra Fuller and Shane Gosling sending Club admin statisticians to the record books.

Trevor Clifford



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