Hales and Loddon A (271-2), Southwold A (59-1). Match abandoned. Norfolk League Division Four South East.
Hales and Loddon A’s batsmen enjoyed a runfest which produced their biggest total of the season before their efforts were washed away by a rainfest at Southwold Common. Veteran Milton Lindsay and teenager Charlie Duffield posted half-centuries in a boundary-laden 173-run opening stand after H&L were invited to bat. The partnership was broken in the 37th over when Suffolk Under-13s spinner Ezra Fuller found a way through Duffield’s defences, bowling him for a fine 69, containing nine fours. It was the first time Duffield had been out in four matches, leaving him with an average of 230.
Lindsay followed soon afterwards when his century was within sight as a firmly-hit drive off the bowling of Fuller was plucked out of the air by Southwold skipper Trevor Clifford at long-off. Lindsay’s 86, featuring 12 fours and a six, was the perfect response after confidence-sapping ducks in his two previous innings.
The departure of the openers, which came after a rain break during which tea was taken, paved the way for Jack Cook and Ben Turner to produce the fireworks in the final six overs as they enjoyed a blistering 75-run stand. Turner grabbed a rare batting opportunity with relish, hammering a brutal 43 not out in just 22 balls, while Cook made every delivery count in his 20-ball unbeaten 38. Fuller returned figures of 2 for 42 from nine overs on a difficult afternoon for the Southwold bowlers.
The seasiders’ assault on the large total was also spearheaded by the diminutive figure of Fuller, who, despite his slight stature, dealt confidently with everything put in front of him. He had reached an unbeaten 38 when the players were forced to leave the field after the heavens opened again.
Although the covers were swiftly put in place, a fierce downpour had left parts of the square sodden and with a maximum 30.4 overs still to be bowled and time running out skippers Trevor Clifford and Mark Whiting agreed, with heavy hearts, to abandon the match. Southwold’s total was 59-1, with James Rowsell claiming the wicket of opener David Woods, caught for 10 edging a delivery to wicketkeeper Jack Cook.