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Southwold still not safe

PUBLISHED: 08:45 04 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:52 06 July 2010

SOUTHWOLD slipped further down the Suffolk Medite Section B table as they crashed to a 52-run defeat at Martlesham on Sunday.

Chasing 177, the visitors were bowled out for a meagre 125 and must win one of the last two games to ensure Section B cricket for 2010.

SOUTHWOLD slipped further down the Suffolk Medite Section B table as they crashed to a 52-run defeat at Martlesham on Sunday.

Chasing 177, the visitors were bowled out for a meagre 125 and must win one of the last two games to ensure Section B cricket for 2010.

Martlesham made their intentions plain from the start as Lloyd crunched a flurry of boundaries before misjudging a run to Alex Britten at mid-on.

Alex Reed and Kevin Goldsmith took the hosts past the 100 mark with relative ease.

Mick Thornton and Criag Gorst-Allman then began to dictate terms as Thornton bowled Reed for 42 and Gorst-Allman accounted for Goldsmith for 34 and then scythed their way through the order.

Thornton grabbed 5-45, backed up by Gorst-Allman with 2-23 from his spell, as Martlesham crumpled to 146-9. But a last wicket partnership of 31 gave Martlesham full batting points.

In reply, Tim Porter signalled positive intent with a trio of boudaries in the first two overs, but fell shortly afterwards, edging one behind.

David Barbrook continued in positive vein before falling to a steepling catch. Gorst-Allman and Richie Woodall consolidated on the deteriorating wicket and at halfway Southwold were 66 for 2.

Gibbons and Lloyd had other ideas and worked their way through the line-up as Southwold lurched to 98-9.

Steve Hines counter attacked with 21 as Southwold grabbed a couple of batting points, but Farnes was caught behind to complete the innings at 125.

Southwold host Brantham next Sunday looking for the victory which guarantees safety.

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