Southwold’s 1st XI continued their good run with an 8 wicket victory over Coltishall on the weekend.
It was a warm but slightly murky day that greeted the first team’s home game against Coltishall. With the away side winning the toss and electing to have a go the home 11 started strongly with usual suspect Steve Hines getting the early breakthrough, bowling opener Buttifant with a corker in the first over. Hines continued to rip through the first four wickets recording staggering figures of 4-20-10. Jason Hall collected a well-earned wicket at the other end, after being pretty unlucky with lots of balls beating the outside edge. The away side were reduced to 59 for 5 off the first twenty and it was that Terry and Harry Booker who were called upon to try and scuttle the visitors for an early tea. However, the middle order of Coltishall skipper and partner Andy Painter (65) batted on well, digging in and selecting their shots wisely, bringing the away side back into the game. Terry was changed for Garrard from the town end whilst Harry continued to hoop the ball past the outside edge on numerous occasions, but it was Garrard who put the away side to bed, claiming his first Fivefor of the season, including two stumpings from Clifford behind the pegs, recording figures of 5-29-9 reducing the away side to 178.
After tea, the home side went about the business in the usual way, with the absence of opener Britten, Matt Barbrook took up the role with Gareth Gorst Allman, putting on an 87 partnership, before Matt was caught at long off on 31. Gareth batted on well through his 50 before also being caught off Webb on 65. It was Stef Clifford and skipper Sam Booker who finished the game off with Sam scoring an unbeaten 28 and Stef hitting the winning runs to bring up his 50*, giving Southwold an 8 wicket victory.
A good performance with both bat and ball this weekend, the first 11 look to continue their unbeaten run travelling to Acle next Saturday.