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14th July 2012: LTCC excel at March

posted 15 Jul 2012, 05:57 by Littleport Cricket Club Admin   [ updated 15 Jul 2012, 12:05 ]
It was a familiar sight this summer: Pitch black clouds pouring their contents on the Fens as far as the eye could see.  We were filled with dread as we made our way through the driving rain, surely we couldn't lose yet another match to this relentless barrage of Jet Stream induced misery.
Love them or hate them March IV's artificial pitch means they can play while many can't.

Littleport batted first and putting last week's nightmare behind him Stewart joined Adrian to open the batting attack.  The meadow doubling up as a pitch didn't do them any favours.  Any fours had to be struck with timing and vigour which Stewart and Adrian had in spades, however, Stewart's 65 included only 4 fours while Adrian's 51 included only 2 fours and a glorious 6.  Ones and twos were the order of the day -- it's lucky they're both fit :-)

We'd made 75 for 0 after 20 so it was looking good but a double-wicket in the 25th over smelt of a LTCC collapse.
Paul br
I (Andy) joined a puffing Stewart at the crease and we had a short spell together and as Stewart departed Jinner joined me.  It's always fun watching Jinner play -- so long as you're on the same side.  He'd 'played himself in' within an over and set about attacking the final half dozen overs with vigour.  I departed for 22 with one glorious 6 -- ok it was mainly down to my bat having a thick edge -- from 10 overs while Jinner's 28 came from about 4 overs with 3 sixes and 2 lost balls.

Bez showed us all one of the reason's he's such good value as a player ... his comedy value that is.  The artificial was very slippery and the sprung wickets and March's wicket keeper were lucky to survive a particularly spectacular fall while Jinner -- the whippet -- asked for a second.  Bez's momentum was too much for the wicket and he went flying.  Classic Bez!

Jinner was dismissed after smashing two 6s back over the bowler's head.  With vigorous encouragement from all his team-mates Chris managed to survive the final ball.

After a great tea we resumed play with March needing to get 201.
Changing rooms

Young Finley joined the not so young Chris to open the bowling.  At 10 overs the opening batsmen were contained to 28 runs, suffering even more than we did with the meadow-like outfield.

Wickets soon started tumbling and a number of March players couldn't even wait for the result and decided to leave -- ensuring we all knew they were off by departing with a cheerful toot on their horn while our bowler was mid delivery.  I'm sure the remaining March players were as disappointed as we were and maybe the batsmen who wanted to see me next Tuesday would like to get in touch I'm sure we can enjoy a nice chat over a pint -- although I'll decline his more intimate invitation.

The narrow pitch was made even narrower by at least 6 inches of overgrowing grass which meant we had to move the popup stumps 4" over to place it nearer the middle of the playable surface.  The carpet was particularly slippery with loose fitting parts forming ruts near the popping creases.  A number of batsmen slipped trying to turn for a second run which showed how difficult is was for both sets of bowlers.  Hopefully they will have a chat with the council about getting the outfield cut and take an edger to the pitch.
A gritty opening partnership lead onto a great team effort in the field.  Accurate bowling and energetic fielding meant Stewart had the comfort of being able to place an aggressive field including 4 slips and a gully at times.

Littleport Town Cricket Club: 201 for 5 from 40

Stewart 65
Adrian 51
Andy 22
Jinner 28
Bez 12

March IV: 86 all out from 30.3

  Overs Mdns Runs Wkts
 Chris 10 1 33 1
 Finley 6 1 15 1
 Jinner 9 2 15 4
 Ben 4 0 14 2
 Paul 1.3 0 6 1