Southwold 123 / 0 (24 pts) beat Great Melton B 119 a/o (2 pts) by 10 wickets.
Great Melton’s B team’s woes continued with a trip to the seaside setting at Southwold Common.
With albatross mimicking gulls floating above the roof tops, and eagle-like blackbirds swooping and diving over the links, white horses racing onto the not so distant beach, and the flag snapping in the wind, balloons were released once a minute’s silence and applause was held for a departed stalwart of the club.
Electing to bat first, Melton struggled to put bat on ball as the home bowlers enjoyed the windy conditions, drifting the ball across both batsmen, who doggedly left most deliveries, preserving their wickets. The crowds began to drift away once the first five overs had been completed, with just one run on the board.
Matt Rushton (63) tried manfully to roll the ball into the rough, but found the nap and the fielders both resisting most efforts, sometimes holding up just short of the target. What the visitors really needed was someone to tee off, but all they managed to do was slice or pull into grateful clutches. Joe Bickel (16) and Steve Clarke (15) did at least manage double figures, but with the rest achieving only bogies or double bogies, the 119 total was well below par.
The ladies’ tea was gleefully consumed, and Norwegian cream rubbed into numbed fingers to revive feeling before the players heading to the back 9.
Gareth Gorst-Allman (101*) spearheaded the response, ably supported by Suffolk u13 protégé Ezra Fuller (19*).
The bowling was rotated in trying to find a breakthrough. Lohit and Josh Wright both performing extremely well on debut at this level, the former inducing a few top edges and a couple of dropped catches which may have garnered a couple more points. The final shot was a lofted four despatched towards the gorse to seal a comfortable victory in the 23rd over.
All in all this looks to be a tough baptism for Melton’s latest captain as the bag is rifled to select the right set of irons.