Rain disrupts cricket scene

PUBLISHED: 11:23 24 August 2006 | UPDATED: 11:59 04 May 2010

FOR the second week running, the weather wreaked havoc on the local cricket scene, with just three matches in the region reaching a conclusion. CCA DIVISION 1N Longstanton Grasshoppers 222-6 Witcham 206-8 Longstanton won by 16 runs LOWLY Witcham were nar

FOR the second week running, the weather wreaked havoc on the local cricket scene, with just three matches in the region reaching a conclusion.

CCA DIVISION 1N

Longstanton Grasshoppers 222-6 Witcham 206-8

Longstanton won by 16 runs

LOWLY Witcham were narrowly beaten by promotion chasers Longstanton Grasshoppers on Saturday.

In a highly competitive match, Longstanton batted first and were very impressive. Opener D Dalton got the home side off to a great start, making 42 runs, and top class performances came from S Pryor (63 not out), and A Aspinall (62) as they went on to reach a decent 222-6 score.

The Witcham bowlers put in a sound effort against the second placed team,

giving away only nine extras, and making the home side work for their runs.

Chris Houghton was Witcham's best bowler with 2 for 49, and Iain Housden, N Jones and Ian Saberton, all took a wicket each.

Relegation threatened Witcham batted very well and made it a close game. Middle-order batsman Stuart Hare was the star of the innings, finishing just shy of his half-century, on 46, and Saberton also batted well, reaching 32. Witcham were consistant throughout the innings, with all the top and middle-order batsmen reaching at least double figures. Despite this solid effort, they finished just 16 runs short of their target.

CCA DIVISION 3NA

Pymoor 121-5 Chatteris II 119-7

Pymoor won by five wickets

THIRD-PLACED Pymoor kept up their chase for promotion with a fine home win against Chatteris second team on Saturday.

Chatteris batted first and lost early wickets with, Cunningham (4), Wool (8), and Fox (1) falling quickly, but No 2 Perry (23) provided some resilience. Watts then came in and batted superbly, reaching 42, and this gave some respectability to the Chatteris score, and an outside hope of getting something from the game.

Jay Butcher was Pymoor's star bowler with 3 for 28, and Chris Baker also bowled very well, conceding just 16 runs from his 10 overs and taking two wickets.

Pymoor got off to a solid enough start with Paul Ruskin reaching 18 and Butcher, 14, before Ashley Legge put in a match winning performance. Legge stayed at the crease for the remainder of the innings to reach 32 not out. Darren Ebs was another major contributor with 27 and No7 James Wilson (14 not out) finished things off.

CCA DIVISION 4NB

Littleport II 222-6 Fordham III 125-8

Littleport II won by 97 runs

LITTLEPORT second team coped better than Fordham thirds with the difficult conditions to take a fine win on Saturday.

Fordham won the toss and put Littleport into bat on a wet wicket. Despite this, the home side's batsmen put in an excellent effort to reach 222. Captain Robin Freestone opened for Littleport and led by example, reaching a fine 46. J South (40) and Mark Scott (45 not out) were the other star performers in the Littleport side. Fordham struggled with the difficult pitch and were unable to make a game of it. No 8 S Brighty scored an impressive 40, to lift his side from a dismal position, but Fordham were still unable to come close. Fine bowling from Andrew Plumb and Nicky Marsh restricted Fordham to 125.

* Littleport would like to thank the Fordham players for staying out and continuing to play in the rain.

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