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Tough weekend for Southwold CC

PUBLISHED: 05:27 26 May 2017

Archant Norfolk © 2016

Southwold were brought down to earth with a bump after a bright start to the season on Saturday when they were well beaten at Caister.

The day didn’t start to well when skipper Sam Booker called off unwell.

Having won the toss stand-in captain Steve Hines decided to bowl and his decision seemed justified as after 35 overs Caister were on 91-3.

A great opening spell from Hines, 0-17 from his 10 overs, gave Southwold hope off reducing the hosts to around 120. Caister had other ideas however as the last 10 overs produced 93 runs as batsmen Rob Brown and Paul French cut loose.

Caister finished on 184-3, Adil Naseem picked up two wickets for 27, his first a great catch from stand-in wicket keeper Gorst-Allman.

Southwold had no answer to Caister’s strength in batting and their bowling proved to good as well as the visitors struggled to 44 all out, a sorry scoreline. Jason Hall was the only batsmen to reach double figures as he finished on 11 not out.

It was a comprehensive defeat, but it must be stated that Caister are a very strong outfit who look sure to return to Division One of the Norfolk League.

The seconds had a similar match on the Common, as by all accounts Rollesby are also a very strong outfit, probably better than the standard there are playing in.

Rollesby smashed 232-4 from there 45 overs, opener E Roffey unbeaten on 107.

Pick of the bowlers was veteran Rob Perrett on his Southwold debut with figures of 1-39 from his 10 overs. Jason Wright picked up two wickets for 47. In reply the hosts were reduced to 65 all out, opener Wright making 17.

It was a tough day for the club, but everyone must take heart from the fact the firsts are now playing at a good level and teams like Caister are a benchmark for them to strive for.

The Under-11s, having the previous week lost to Topcroft, returned to winning ways at Bungay. Bungay batted first and scored 60-7, Evie Booker and George Goodby picked up two wickets each and eight-year-old William Foskett had figures of 3-2-6-1. In reply Southwold scored 79-5, George Goodby hitting 13 and Heny Foskett an unbeaten nine.

The firsts are at home to Cringleford tomorrow and the seconds make the short trip to Lowestoft to play their B team.

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