Opening day defeat for Southwold Cricket Club

PUBLISHED: 16:33 19 April 2012

SOUTHWOLD fell to an opening day 21-run defeat at the hands of Sudbourne Hall, falling short of their victory target of 145.

Electing to bowl, Southwold struggled to settle and Peck punished some loose bowling as 20 suddenly appeared on the board after four overs.

Mattocks and Hines then bowled better lines, and Peck chopped one on. Rice and Jenkin consolidated as runs were at a premium, and at halfway the score was 62 for 1.

The Gorst-Allman brothers then bowled with good control, and Gareth Gorst-Allman got the breathrough as Rice picked out Andy Hirst at mid-wicket for 32.

Jenkin looked to up the tempo, but a splendid return catch by Gareth Gorst-Allman did for him after 48.

Debutant Liam Smith held on to a skier to get rid of Clift and Jenkin snr perished in the attempt to get late runs as the home side posted a challenging 144 for 5 off of their allotted overs.

In reply, Southwold started disastrously as Gareth Gorst-Allman totally misjudged a second run, but Tim Porter and George Mattocks settled well, and the scoreboard began to tick over.

Mattocks played on, and Craig Gorst-Allman joined Porter, the pair taking the score on to 62 for 2 at drinks.

The pair looked to accelerate but Craig Gorst-Allman edged one to slip, and then Porter found deep mid-wicket to fall for a top score of 28, but with Jenkin jnr and Burt bowling tightly, 11 runs came off the next 10 overs for the loss of Sam Booker and Keith Pettman. With the rate climbing, Smith and Vickers scampered well, but Cooper deceived Smith, who was well stumped, and with Hines and Vickers falling at the death, Southwold looked to grab another batting point, but fell two runs short, and 21 short of victory.

Southwold can take good heart from this competitive performance, and should be able to acquit themselves well at the higher level, but face a tough trip to champions Kesgrave next week.

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