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Gareth’s superb knock for Southwold is perfectly timed

PUBLISHED: 07:21 19 May 2017

Archant Norfolk 2016

Southwold’s first team have really got to grips with life in Norfolk League Division Two.

After a disappointing opening week, they have won their last two games by a full innings and are now second in the table, 15 points behind Halvergate who have won all three of their fixtures.

On Saturday they entertained Great Melton B and before the match commenced a lovely tribute was made for Southwold cricketing legend Kenny Barbrook, who sadly passed away recently,

Balloons were released by family and players, officials and family took part in a minute’s silence and applause in honour of Ken.

It was fitting that Ken’s granddaughter’s husband Gareth Gorst-Allman went on to smash an entertaining 101 not out at the hosts recorded an impressive win.

Great Melton won the toss and decided to bat first on a good wicket, Southwold bowled and fielded excellently, with Jason Hall finishing with 35-3 from his 10 overs and skipper Sam Booker picking up 4 for 22 from his 10 as Melton finished with 119.

It was then the Gorst-Allman show as he smashed the ball to all parts on his way to a fantastic unbeaten ton. His entertaining innings included 16 fours and two sixes.

Gareth was ably supported by young Ezra Fuller who batted with a maturity beyond his years to also remain unbeaten on 19 as Southwold picked up a crushing 10 wicket victory.

Elsewhere in the division Jordan Barber scored 72no in Gillingham’s win against Sprowston B. Caister won with Shaun Goodby getting 72 and Eaton’s victory owed itself to Rob Duke’s 5-25 and Michael Barker’s 63.

Southwold seconds travelled to Old Catton and found the going tough. Batting first they struggled to reach 84, Terry Booker hitting a much needed 32 not out. Old Catton comfortably knocked of the runs, losing just two wickets along the way.

On Saturday the firsts travel to Caister, the side immediately below them in the early table, looking to continue their rich vein of form and the seconds are on the common against Rollesby.

On the junior front the under-15s are at Bungay tonight and next week they are away at Topcroft on the Wednesday.

On Thursday the club’s 13s are at Norwich, with the 11s at home to Brooke.

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