Southwold’s openers put on a 100 run stand as the side won their third straight game in Division 3 East of the Norfolk Cricket League – this time a comfortable 6 wicket win at Old Catton.
Gareth Gorst-Allman top scored with 84 in the stand with fellow opener Alex Britten (36) as the pair did the bulk of the work. Both were stumped off the bowling of Paul Prime as they looked to wrap the game up, with Gorst-Allman removed just 16 short of a well earned century. However, their dismissals did nothing to hamper Southwold’s chances of victory as Stefan Clifford’s 17* guided the chase home with Luke Bailey launching his second ball high and far over the mid wicket boundary to seal the win. Yet, given the start that the home side’s batsmen got, the visitors were lucky to have only been chasing 159.
Earlier in the day, Old Catton’s openers Barry Clemitson and Dean Miles got off to a confident start against new ball pairing Jason Hall and Steve Hines. Clemitson was the aggressor, launching Hines for a six over his head as Miles began to find the gaps through the offside. However, Southwold were patient and when the chance came they took it – as Clemitson, looking to clear mid-on again, mistimed his shot and gifted Bailey a catch. Prime came and went for a decent 25, nicking Harry Booker to Gorst-Allman in the slips and from there the wickets tumbled in a hurry: Booker ended up with 3/25 including the important wicket of Miles for a well made 58; Sam Booker took 3/35 as he cut through the middle order and, despite some late swinging from Barry Bailey and Gary Foreman, the home side could only manage 158/7 from their 45 overs, a total that the visitors overhauled with nearly 12 overs to spare.
Next week the 1st XI are on the road again, at Aylsham St. Giles. The 2nd XI are home to Lowestoft B.