Southwold 2nds returned to winning ways on Saturday as they comfortably bet Hales & Loddon 2nds at Hales Green.
The home side decided to bat and were soon two down with just 31 on the board with Whiting and Buckingham both caught at point by Hugo Gillespie when trying to cut Luke Bailey to the boundary. However, Duffield batted very watchfully and had good support from Turner, taking advantage of any loose deliveries and scored at a brisk rate before Turner (27) was clean bowled by Jason Griffiths in his first over with the score at 65/3. Chris Hodge, replacing Alan Day, bowled into a strong breeze and initially struggled to find a good length but produced a straight one trapping Rosewell lbw for a duck (75/4). Hales continued to score briskly but Hodge removed the dangerous looking Fisher with the score at 98 in the 18th over when tempted into a drive as Southwold continued to chip away. Griffiths began to find his rhythm and in tandem with Fuller started to slow the run rate down while the home team tried to steady their innings and it wasn’t long before the visitors got their reward, as Griffiths cleaned up J. Buckingham for 9, leaving his team at 110/6. Duffield continued to score regularly without trouble and reached his half century while his team mates found difficulty in balancing attack and defence. Dempsey gave support without scoring and at 122 became the first victim in Griffiths final over being clean bowled. This began a remarkable over as Griffiths completed a triple wicket maiden when having Ford (0) caught by Tom Chibnall and Wilkins (0) lbw to finish with an excellent 5-21 off his 10 overs. Duffield (64no) lost his final partner when Sam Bowles caught Cook at backward square leg off Shane Gosling bringing the innings to a close on 135 all out.
In reply, young Hugo Gillespie (5) looked to make a good start for Southwold but top edged a pull shot off Ford to square leg caught by Wilkins with the score on 13. Gosling joined Simon Bowles as the young home opening attack bowled with pace but Ford bowled too many loose deliveries which Gosling despatched with some excellent cover and straight drives while Cook bowled with more accuracy but no luck. Bowles (6) was excellent support for Gosling and the pair put on 58 before Turner, in his first over, bowled him with a good straight full ball. Bowles’ innings became even better support when later revealed he had broken a finger whilst keeping wicket earlier in the match. Chibnall joined Gosling as he reached his half century with another boundary, and whilst Chibnall (23*) was a good calming influence in quietly accumulating runs, Gosling (84*) continued his fine form in scoring 16 boundaries and seeing the team over the line in the 26th over for a comfortable victory against a previously unbeaten Hales & Loddon team.
Southwold 2nds play Keteringham Hall 2nds at home this Saturday.