Southwold 2nd XI’s undefeated run came to an end on the weekend when they lost to a strong Lowestoft 3rd XI.
The visitors to Southwold Common asked the home team to bat and their decision was justified early when Southwold found themselves 36/4 in the 13th over with Ezra Fuller (4), Matt Barbrook (0) and Gosling (19) all caught behind plus Woods(1) adjudged LBW. The young Lowestoft opening bowlers had difficulties in finding their line in the strong cross wind but bowled a good length on a wicket giving them some assistance. Andy Hirst and Simon Bowles wrestled back some of the initiative with a watchful stand of 31 before Hirst (22) could not resist trying to put the young spinner DeCoteau-Spring out of the ground only to sky a catch to deep mid on. Jake Fuller joined Bowles and immediately increased the run rate taking the score to 106 when the 6th wicket fell with Bowles (26) being bowled by a full ball from the experienced DeCoteau – but Fuller batted out the rest of the overs for 37* and did well to ensure the 2nds took the score past 150.
In reply the Southwold bowlers also struggled with the strong cross wind in finding their line and too many loose deliveries were despatched by the openers Larter (41) and Nair (21), who dominated the opening overs before both being out to Gosling the 12th over with the score on 75. Jake Fuller and Gosling regained some control for Southwold with young DeCoteau-Spring (5) excellently stumped by Bowles off Fuller at 101-3, yet it was too little too late as Foster scored 52* to complete a comfortable 7 wicket victory.
Southwold 2nds travel to Hales this weekend.