2013 Season

Results

2013 saw us win all of our matches in Mr Cricket CCA Junior League 4 North.

We won the CCA Lower Junior Cup competition and even made it to the semi-finals of the Kirkland Cup.

Our newly promoted Sunday team successfully stayed in Derek Cousins Division 2 of the Mid-Norfolk Sunday Cricket League.

Date Home Away  
Sun 18 August Littleport Town Abington III Lower Junior Cup Final: Abington III 87 of 27.5. LTCC win within 20 overs

Having won all their league matches this season Littleport Town Cricket Club and their supporters were in high spirits as their coach pulled into Clare College’s sports ground to face Abington III in the Lower Junior Cup Final.


Littleport’s captain Chris Farnell won the toss and Abington III were put in to bat. Jamie Leonard and youngster Conor Logan set about the Abington top order who started nervously with 28 of their first 30 coming from edges. Having made it to 42 for 1 Abington III could only manage a total of 87 in 27.5 overs. Littleport’s bowling was exceptional with James South taking 3 for 4, Jamie Leonard 2 for 35, Chris Farnell 2 for 16 and Chris Tull 2 for 3.


It was a tough day for the Abington III batsmen with Colin Godsmark (22) and Jamie Ketteridge (13) being the only batsmen to reach double figures.

Littleport’s batting has been as strong as its bowling this year with no less than three of its players reaching the magic 100 this season. This time batting honours went to Scott Connop who left the field unbeaten on 27 winning him man-of-the-match from the umpires -- possibly swayed by his signature diving run in. Nicky Marsh continued a fine run of form hitting 22.


Harry Franklin, James Brookman, Jonathan Webb and Ketteridge all took a wicket, but within 20 overs James South struck the winning runs in honour of his grandfather, Norman South, who lead Littleport Town when they last won the cup in 1988.

Another great team effort from Littleport Town in their 125th anniversary year won the cup having secured top spot in Division 4N the day before.
Sat 27 July Littleport Town St Ives III LTCC WIN: LTCC 252/3 St Ives III 73

Littleport Town Cricket Club continued their domination of Division 4N being unbeaten after all of their eleven matches this season with a performance which overpowered their opponents in every aspect of the game.  Littleport’s openers Stewart Wallace and Joe Murfitt built a meticulous partnership of 172 over 31 overs giving their opposition no respite in the blistering heat.  Stewart ‘boom boom’ Wallace gave St Ives no opportunity to break through his impenetrable defence until he sacrificed his wicket on 81.   Joe Murfitt had a few scares along his way to a magnificent 104 not out, not least a heart stopper when he was dropped on 97.  His innings showed a maturity belying his young age and is one of a number of youngsters in the club who will ensure the club can only go from strength to strength.

St Ives III had the unenviable task of chasing 252 in the cooling late afternoon.  If St Ives thought Littleport were only a batting side, they were soon to be very disappointed.  Littleport’s captain Chris Farnell and the young Conor Logan set about St Ives’ batsmen.  Chris took first blood in only his second taking 3 for 14 from his 6 over session.  Conor’s left-arm over action with a mesmerising natural swing took 2 wickets from his 6.

St Ives must have sighed with relief to see an early change of bowlers only to have their hopes shattered as Ben Shipp’s flight and guile frustrated and confused the batsmen.  A leave from one St Ives’ batsman as it pitched outside off was astounded to find he was clean bowled.  Ben’s day would have been complete if only Joe had made the hat-trick catch at square leg -- lucky he scored a few with the bat.  Ben’s F&G meant he added another 3 wickets to his 50 wicket haul for the year, only allowing the batsmen to get a miserly 11 runs from his 6 overs.

James South, another product of Littleport’s colt system, came charging in from the Leisure Centre end.  It was clear from the off that his pace was going to be too much for the batsmen as they jumped away from the blazing attack.  James took the last wicket for a mere 15 runs.


The game was played in great spirits within and between the teams, with friendly banter going on throughout the game showing how the spirit of cricket is alive and well and it’s name is Littleport

Duck of shame

Tue 11 June Little Downham Littleport Town Kirkland Cup
LTCC lost by 36 runs. Little Downham 85/7. LTCC 49 from 9.4
Sat 29 June Bottisham & Lode Littleport Town LTCC WIN: Bottisham & Lode 68 All Out LTCC 72-3
A young Bottisham team could not handle Port’s bowling fire power as our unbeaten run continues. A great opening spell from Conor left Bottisham’s order in tatters as he dismissed the first four batsmen for very few runs which left the lower order with a lot of work to do. Ben and Paul made sure that no Bottisham batsmen was in for a long period of time which helped them to get three wickets a-piece and the safe hands of Mr Race were a ball magnet as another jug is now owed due to his three catches again in this fixture. Bottisham’s final wicket fell with a poor total of 68 which left us only needing just 1.7 runs an over.
The reliable partnership of ‘Boom Boom’ and Racey opened the batting after a quick turn around and started off well with 19 coming off the first three overs but with them both losing their wickets in quick succession this brought Conor and myself to the crease. Conor continued his fine batting form a quick fire 18 until he skied one from which he was caught. This left it down to Owen and I to bring the game home with Owen finishing on 4 not out and me finishing on 14 not out.

Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
C.Logan 7 2 8 4
J.Murfitt 6 2 13 0
B.Shipp 6.2 0 22 3
P.Morris 5 0 17 3

Jugs
Andy: 3 catches

Joe

Sun 23 June Soham Littleport Town Lower Junior Cup Quarter Final
LTCC WIN: Soham 88 All out LTCC 91-8
A good bowling performance was nearly unrewarded by some shaky batting by Port in this Quarter Final tie. We made it hard for ourselves whilst chasing a small total of 89 but the experienced heads of Doug Marsh and Paul ‘The Steyn’ Morris brought the victory home and sent us through into the Semi Finals where we will now face Girton 2nd’s. With only two Soham batsmen getting above double figures, this showed how well we bowled with Paul finding some form with the ball as he took 2-25 of 6 overs and myself also bowling the best I have all year with my best figures of the season so far as I took 3-13 of my 7 overs. Scott then decided it was time to clear up the rest of the batsmen as he changed his spin into pace which then helped him to gain 4 wickets in the space of 4 overs as his ended figures end up at 4-33 of 9 overs. Nik also bowled when and was very economical as he only went for 12 runs of 8 overs which included 4 maidens and deserved more than the 1 wicket he picked up.
A tight bowling display from the opening Soham bowlers left the game in the balance as after their opening spell as we had lost 4 wickets but we were still up with the run rate on 43 of 20 overs. Mark ‘Stumpy’ Harlock and myself put on a partnership of 29 to steady the ship but as I fell for 30 and then Mark fell for 22 which gave Soham a bit of momentum to get the last 4 wickets they needed but the steady heads of Gatesy, Robin and Doug kept the scoreboard ticking our and Paul topped off a good game for himself by hitting the winning runs with a lovely square cut for 4.

Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs
Wickets
J.Murfitt 7 3 13
3
P.Morris 6 1 25
2
S.Connop 9 3 33
4
N.Marsh 8 4 12
1

Joe

Sun 23 June Littleport Town Castle Acre LTCC lost: Castle Acre 157 all out, LTCC 144 all out after 34 overs
  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Christopher Lewis 6 2 18 2
Ben Shipp 10 0 31 3
L Richards 7.3 0 46 3
Daniel Jones 7 0 40 1
Lewis Buxton 4 0 4 1
Sat 22 June Littleport Town Cambridge St Giles LTCC WIN: Cambridge St Giles 82 all out, Littleport 83-1
Another brilliant performance from Port’s bowlers kept a young Cambridge St Giles team down to a very poor score of 82. A fantastic opening spell from Jamie meant that none of their batsmen could get themselves in mainly due to the aggressive nature of Jamie’s bowling with a few batsmen ducking and diving in the crease and occasionally one of them getting a hit in the ribs (all in good heart) as he finished with figures of 5-24 off his 10 overs which included 3 maidens and a jaffer of a ball in which he got his second wicket. He was well supported Ben as his deceiving spin got him 3 wickets off his 8 overs at the expensive of just 22 runs.
The great bowling performance left the batsmen with very little to do and another solid performance from the top order meant that they managed to get the low total for the loss of only one wicket being myself. ‘Boom Boom’ Wallace was in form again with a solid 26 not out, I contributed with 23 before being bowled through the gate? Andy again showed his attacking style with a quick fire 27 not out to bring the game home and to keep our winning streak alive.

Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
J.Leonard 10 3 24 5
B.shipp 8 3 22 3
N.Marsh 7 1 19 0
J.Murfitt 5 1 11 0
S.Connop 0.5 0 3 1

Jugs
Jamie: Fifer

Joe

18 Jun Witcham Littleport Town LTCC lost by 18 runs. Witcham 141 from 15. LTCC 123/8.
Sat 15 June Littleport Town Willingham LTCC WIN: LTCC 252/5. Willigham 92 all Out
Another great batting performance gave the visitors Willigham no chance on Saturday with Chris Tull and Stewart Wallace putting on a partnership of 146 to get us to our second 200+ score in two weeks and I bet Willingham were hoping the early teas at the 22nd over due to rain would be their saving grace but it wasn’t meant to be. Chris looked comfortable again and continued his great run of form with a brilliant 82 and was supported by ‘Boom Boom’ Wallace as he finished on 41. Conor and Andy also hit a quick fire scores with 19 and 22 to keep the scoreboard ticking over nicely but a demolishing 39* from Scott Connop during the final overs helped us to finish up on 252-5.
The bowlers had a lot to live up to after such a good batting performance but they didn’t fail to disappoint. Tully again stole the show with a demolishing 6-18 which didn’t allow Willingham a chance in the match but was backed up well by the other bowlers as I took 2-18 and Conor took 1 wicket for 20 runs of his 7 over spell. A special mention must got to Mr Race for what has to be the best catch this year, the way he effortlessly sprung his go-go gadget arm to reach the ball was brilliant and the casual celebration just topped it off but this wasn’t to be his only catch as he also took another two which means JUG TIME for Racey!

Jugs
Chris Tull: 82 runs and 6/18
Andy: 3 catches

Joe

Sun 9 June Littleport Town Rocklands LTCC lost: Rocklands 134/6. LTCC 103 all out off 33
Sat 8 June Littleport Town Wisbech LTCC WIN: LTCC 240/7. Wisbech 165/7

Jugs
Stu: For a brilliant 129

Tues 4 Jun     Littleport Town Haddenham

Kirkland Cup
LTCC WIN: Haddenham 92 all out after 13.3. LTCC 96/1 after 11.

  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Chris Farnell 2 0 16 0
Jamie Leonard 2 0 0 1
Joe Murfitt 2 0 11 2
Conor Logan 3 0 12 4
Paul Morris 1 0 0 0
Nicky Marsh 2 0 0 0
Ben Shipp 1.3 0 0 3
Sun 2 June   Hardingham A Littleport Town LTCC WIN: Hardingham 129/7.  LTCC 137/6 off 34
A great all round performance looked really good with the ball. Did well to restrict them to 129 on a relatively small pitch and some really good out fielding - just a shame about the X amount of dropped catches. Other than that, an excellent performance. Adrian and Conor batted really well and saw us home being unbeaten on 43 and 55 at the end.

Jug
Conor: 55

Sat 1 June Bluntisham Littleport Town LTCC WIN by 8 wickets.  Bluntisham 111 off 37.2. LTCC 115/2 after 24.
Another tight bowling and fielding performance kept the opposition on the back foot throughout their innings.  A pitch that was soft and green prompted the team to call for a spinner to open.  Liam stepped up to the plate and did his leg spin magic taking a wicket in the his second over and bowling through.
Chris' line and length resulted in only a single wicket for his efforts, but because of this accuracy we could keep the pressure on the batsmen with an offensive field though-out his session.  This resulted in figures of 6 runs (yes SIX) for 1 with half his overs being maidens.
My guess is that they thought that after drinks they could start attacking the second string bowlers.  Little did they know that they had to face the train that is Jamie who took a couple in his 9 overs.
Ben at the other end spun his way through the rest of the wickets with great figures of 5 wickets from 8.2 conceding only 26 runs.
OK, so LTCC have some great bowlers, sharp fielders, great team spirit ... surely they can't have decent batsmen too?
Little did they know that Stewart 'Boom Boom' Wallace would defend like our own Hadrian's Wall (25) [I also hope he chose lottery tickets].  Jamie took the bowlers apart with a quick and classy 45 (38 came from boundaries).  Scott showed skill and determination in his stint at the wickets and was gracious enough to give up his wicket with the scores tied so that I, with the opposition surrounding the bat, could send the ball rocketing back past the bowler for a victorious boundary.

Overs  Maidens  Runs  Wickets  Average
Chris 10 5 6 1 0.6
Liam 10 2 25 2 2.5
Jamie 9 1 39 2 4.3
Ben 8.2 1 26 5 3.2

Jug of joy:
Ben fifer
Sun 26 May Littleport Town Mundford LTCC lost by 8 runs.  Mundford 123/9. LTCC 115 from 18.2
Having kept their batsmen to a measly 3ish run rate with quality bowling and fielding the LTCC players had victory in their sights.  

 Overs  Maidens  Runs  Wickets    Avg
Chris F 10 4 17 0 1.7
Conor 7 1 22 1 3.1
Nick 10 1 30 2 3.0
Ben 10 2 32 5 3.2
Liam 3 1 4 1 1.3

Sadly we managed to clutch defeat from the jaws of victory with a collapse of epic proportions.

Jug of Joy
Ben fifer
The golden ducks of shame
Finley - golden duck  Chris - golden duck
Jug
Andy - Drops
Sat 25 May Littleport Town Bottisham-Lode Match re-arranged for 29th June.
The Race night fundraiser managed to raise over £200.  Thanks to all our sponsors and supports!
Sun 19 May Swaffham Littleport Town LTCC lost by 64 runs.  Swaffham 197/7.  LTCC 135 all out from 36.1
For the first time known to man LTCC did some warm-up drills.  We'd arrived early and Nick decided that we should practice catching and fielding so the team obliged by lining up and pinging balls into Mark behind a stump and passing off to me to bat it back to the next player.
Once we'd warmed up and the match got under way we lost a ball from an enormous six straight back over Conor's head within the first few overs --- this didn't bode well.
Swaffham's wicket had been set up so there was one short boundary near the pavilion and an enormous boundary the opposite side.  It seemed that Swaffham made better use of this than we could.
Owen got the shock of his life when he faced their man mountain bowler (6'7" if not more) but could breath again when we realised the wickkie was standing up.
We got off to a solid, if not high rate start, but couldn't quite capitalise throughout the batting order.
Other things of note: Chris really should look in his rear view mirror when he overtakes ... perhaps he'd have seen me if he had

The ducks of shame:
Conor - Duck   Ollie - Duck  Liam - Duck
Sat 18 May Longstanton Grasshoppers Littleport Town LTCC WIN by 147 runs.  LTCC 241/7.  Longstanton Grasshoppers 94 off 33.1
An outstanding batting performance from Chris T set a high benchmark for the rest of the LTCC batsmen scoring a selfless 93 runs.  He was supported all the the way down the order against some reasonable bowling that showed the potential strength of LTCC as a batting tour de force.
Chris F set about the Grasshoppers taking 4 wickets for a miserly 18 runs.  Doug continues to confound batsmen with 3 wickets from only 3.1 overs.
Sun 12 May Linton Littleport Town Lower Junior Cup
LTCC WIN by 119 runs.  LTCC 294/6. Linton 175.
An assured, exemplary knock from Chris T of 108 inspired Conor to make a magnificent 64 with Chris F managing to avoid a jug on 48.
Chris and Conor's 173 run partnership is going to be hard to beat this season.
Conor even went on to take 4 wickets in his 7 overs.


Jugs:
LTCC owes Chris T a jug for his brilliant 108.
Conor for his excellent 64.
Sat 11 May Littleport Town Cherry Hinton Rain stopped play with Cherry Hinton on 66/6 off 26
Photos here
Sun 5 May Littleport Town North Runcton LTCC lost by 130 runs.  North Runcton 227/7.  LTCC 97 all out from 21
North Runcton's batsmen continually managed to find the gaps and their bowlers moved the ball significantly more that we were able.  Both were a recipe for a day admiring the opposition and looking forward to the next game.

The ducks of shame:
Joe - Duck Nick - Duck Finley - Duck
Sat 4 May Littleport Town Doddington LTCC WIN by 4 wickets.  Doddington 100 all out in 31.2.  LTCC took only 24.4 overs for a loss of 4 wickets.
Conor set the tone early striking in his second over with a double-wicket maiden ending the match on 6 overs, 2 maidens, conceding only 15 runs and taking 3 wickets.
Rain interrupted play a couple of times initially while Doddington were struggling to get runs on the board (5/2 off 4, 10/3 off 7).
On the advice of Robin we wanted to leave the pitch to recover for 10 minutes after a 30 minute downpour which seemed to annoy a number of Donnigton players.
Much posturing and foul language from a small number of their players was directed at LTCC, but we decided we'd let our performance on the pitch do the talking.
It was clear that no decision was going to be forthcoming from their umpires so we made sure that we played the game in the way it should be played, as sportsmen and gentlemen.
Wickets continued to tumble and runs were in short supply (21/4 off 13, 50/5 off 22 with the final 5 overs yielding the last 4 wickets).
Seven catches held, with one or two tricky chances went to hand but weren't taken, is a testament to how tight the bowling and fielding was.

Unfortunately it was clear that sledging the LTCC batsmen and moaning about the pitch was Doddington's game plan.
Much to LTCC's credit we were determined to let our batting do the talking and Stewart's defence was too strong for them, opening and leaving the field unbeaten on 41.

The ducks of shame:
Jamie - Duck Scott - Duck
Sun 28 April Terrington St Clements Littleport Town LTCC lost by 48 runs.  Terrington 182 for 9.  LTCC 134 all out in 30.4 overs.
Nicky Marsh knocked up over 50 runs with the bat and scampered around the field all day again.
A close match only marred by a few disappointing decisions from the opposing umpires while we were far too generous with ours (again).
Never mind ... tea was great

The ducks of shame:
Andy duck  Scott - Duck
Sat 27 April Littleport Town Witcham Friendly lost by 4 wickets.  LTCC 157 from all 36 overs.  Witcham knocked them off in 34.
Try as we might we weren't able to shift the Witcham Pate duo of Nigel (47) and his son Angus (42).  Nigel was given out LBW early, but LTCC intervened giving him the benefit of the doubt with an inside edge.
LTCC's fielding dedication couldn't be faulted with a thumping collision between Doug and Owen as they both went for a catch meant Owen had to leave the field to rest his battered arm.
Well done to Joe who won't let us forget his 36 runs with Stewart close behind with 31 and Mark knocking the ball all over the park for a swift and well deserved 27.
Conor scored 26 and took 3 wickets in his 8 overs -- a force to be reconned with to be sure.
LTCC teas: Sausage and chips.  Opinions ... divided.

Fixtures

Saturday XI Fixtures

Date Home Away  
6 Jul Littleport Town Soham  
13 Jul Littleport Town Jordans Taverners Friendly
20 Jul Littleport Town Burwell  




3 Aug March Littleport Town  
10 Aug Chippenham Littleport Town  
17 Aug Isleham Littleport Town  
24 Aug Over Littleport Town  
31 Aug City of Ely Littleport Town  

All Saturday XI fixtures are played at 13:30.

The observant amongst you will notice that even though we won every match in Division 4 in 2013 we're still in the forth division.  This is because the CCA decided to restructure the leagues with the result that division 4 is now a mega league of 18 teams.  Each team plays each other only once during the season.  At the end of the season the division will then be broken into two divisions of 9.

Sunday XI Fixtures


Date Home Away
7 Jul 14:00 Littleport Town Terrington St Clements
21 Jul 14:00 North Runcton Littleport Town
28 Jul 14:00 Littleport Town Swaffham
4 Aug 14:00 Mundford Littleport Town
11 Aug 14:00 Littleport Town Hardingham A
18 Aug 13:30 Rocklands Littleport Town
25 Aug 13:30 Castle Acre Littleport Town

Lower Junior Cup

Round Date Home Away  
Quarter-Finals Sun 23rd Jun Soham Littleport Town LTCC WIN: Soham 88 All out Littleport 91-8
Semi-Finals Sun 21st Jul      
Final Sun 18th Aug      

Kirkland Cup

Date Home Away  
4 Jun Littleport Town Haddenham LTCC WIN by 9 wickets. Haddenham 92 from 13.3. LTCC 96/1 from 11
11 Jun Little Downham Littleport Town LTCC lost by 36 runs. Little Downham 85/7. LTCC 49 from 9.4
18 Jun Witcham Littleport Town LTCC lost by 18 runs. Witcham 141 from 15. LTCC 123/8.
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