Joy for Littleport as Witcham’s batting goes South

A BLOCKBUSTING performance from bowler James South saw Littleport score a 137-run win over Witcham on Saturday.

South coupled pace and aggression with a hint of swing to tear the Witcham line-up apart, taking no less than seven wickets as the home side crumbled to a rare defeat.

It was a first win for Littleport in a difficult season so far, with the bonus points seeing them boost their average up to 7.5. Witcham meanwhile, slip into the relegation places for the first time this season.

Adrian Buxton produced one of his best performances of the season with the bat as Littleport opted to set a score first. The opener was by far and away the best performer for Port on the day, hitting 57 in a brisk innings. Buxton’s efforts were aided by middle-order trio Gary James (29), Lewis Buxton (27) and Steve Harrison (19*) whose efforts helped push the scoring on to 181-9 at the end of 40 productive overs.

Witcham youngsters Iain Housden (3-29) and Angus Pate (3-27) once more led the line for the home side, with Harrison Jones (1-19) also pitching in.

Witcham required about 4.5 runs-per-over to be in with a chance of the win but a duck each for openers Nigel Pate and Jamie Lawrence boded ill.

Nik Jones hit 11 for the home side at number three but the arrival of South herlalded the beginning of the end for the home side as the Port paceman produced a bowling masterclass.

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From his nine overs, South took seven wickets for just 12 runs at a memorable average of just 1.71. The last Witcham batsmen fell with just 17 overs bowled and 44 runs scored.

Harrison and Nik Jones (11) top scored for the home side.