Southwold CC’s season is up and running
PUBLISHED: 16:12 10 May 2017
After a slow start Southwold’s season kicked into life last week on and off the field.
The previous weekend’s fixtures saw the first team lose at home to Halvergate.
After the early loss of influential wicket keeper/batsman Stefan Clifford through injury they never really recovered although there was an excellent 59 from 14-year-old Ezra Fuller.
Last week saw the club hold an successful function at the pavilion, organised by Trevor Clifford. Graham Gooch and Geoff Miller were guest speakers and they entertained the 120 plus audience tremendously well.
On the field the Under-13s played their first fixture as they set out to retain the Norfolk Alliance Cup. Hosts Topcroft notched up 100-3 in their 16 overs (Finley Barbrook 2-8). In reply Southwold won within 13 overs, with Finley Barbrook (30no) and Harry Barbrook (31no) leading the way. The Under 11s made the short trip to Beccles and in an eventful game the scores finished level, both sides hitting 59 for 3.
Evie Booker was the pick of the bowlers (3 overs 2/3).
The first were away to Gillingham at the weekend and knew a huge improvement was needed against the strong hosts. Captain Sam Booker certainly got the response he desired from his players. Gillingham opted to bat and after a steady spell from the opening bowlers Heinse and Gorst Allman, the wickets started to fall. Change bowlers Booker and Jason Hall ripped through the batting, Booker finishing with six wicketers for seven run and Aussie Hall picked up the other four for 13 as Gillingham were bowled out for 52
In reply opening pair Gareth Gorst-Allman (45) and youngster Ezra Fuller (4) picked off the runs with ease. It was a great win and a real boost for the weeks ahead.
On the Common the seconds played Horsford C, who hit 222-6 (Griffiths 2-44 and Jones 2-21). In reply Southwold reached 127 all out, with a great knock from Andy Hirst of 54.
Saturday sees the firsts at home to Great Melton B and the seconds away at Old Catton.
Southwold also make their debut in the Suffolk T20 cup next Tuesday away at Saxmundham.
On the junior front the Under-11s are away at Bungay on Monday, and the Under-15s are also away at Bungay on Friday.
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