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Southwold CC take a big step towards another promotion

PUBLISHED: 04:54 11 August 2017

Norfolk player James Hale delivers for Great Witchingham during Saturday's clash with EAPL leaders Sudbury at Walcis Park. Picture: Tim Ferley

Norfolk player James Hale delivers for Great Witchingham during Saturday's clash with EAPL leaders Sudbury at Walcis Park. Picture: Tim Ferley

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Southwold continued their march towards a third successive Norfolk League promotion as they convincingly won at home to Eaton.

The visitors batted first and with the overs reduced to 35 due to the impending rain went on the offensive from the off.

Southwold’s strong bowling attack needed to be at their best and as usual they performed. Main strike bowler Jason Hall finished with figures of 8-1-18-2 and Adil Naseem impressed with figures of 8-2-26-4. Eaton managed 153-7 from their 35 overs.

Southwold, without top run scorer Gareth Gorst-Allman, knocked off the runs required within 29 overs. Young Ezra Fuller hit 35, skipper Sam Booker 54 not out and debutant Henry Collins 40 not out to see Wold home.

Southwold have three games remaining and three wins will ensure promotion to Division One, which would be a tremendous achievement as they only entered the Norfolk League three seasons ago.

Southwold Seconds travelled to play Norwich Bystanders and after losing the toss were put into bat. At drinks Southwold were reeling on 48-4 but youngsters Niall Excell and Harry Barbrook counter- attacked brilliantly with a partnership of 59 before Excell was stumped. Barbrook continued to bat beyond his years as he finished on 46 not out as Wold finished on a respectable 142-7 from the reduced 40 overs.

Bystanders managed to reach their target comfortably, losing only one wicket within 31 overs.

Opening bowler George Hannan performed well, finishing with figures of 8-0-23-1. Young Finley Barbrook, not to be totally out shone by twin Harry, started with 20 dot balls and finished with figures of 4-3-5-0.

Tomorrow the firsts are away at third place Aylsham and the seconds are on the Common against Ketteringham Hall.

Sunday sees the first annual Kenny Barbrook T20 cup day involvinh Barbrook’s team, a Legends team and a Southwold team. The aim of the day is to raise money for various charities including Pancreatic Cancer, Save the Children, Solebay Care Fund and Reydon Church. The matches start at 10.30am and there is a barbecue from 3pm and live music from 7.30pm.

Kirkley & Belton wre beaten by 29 runs by visitors St Andrews in Division One. They made 138 (Karan Sharma 45 not out) in reply to a total of 167-8.

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