2015 Match reports
Littleport Vs Fen Ditton
Saturday 21st May
Littleport Vs Fen Ditton
The past three or four seasons have seen some close, hardfought games between Littleport and Ditton but this result and the manner of it, might mark the point where we put a little daylight between the teams.
A typical Met Office forecast - the one with a dark cloud with a drop of rain but half a sun poking out, plus a stiffish breeze. In other words, it might rain, that rain might get heavy, or there won't be any rain at all. It was enough of a concern throughout although in the end, not a factor. A text from Skip to say he was running a touch late and could someone else do the toss. Butler was like a small child "Me, me, me!". He correctly called Heads and correctly chose to bat.
Rob edged to the keeper second ball for a very rare duck. Then we had a pleasant afternoon where the only minor interuptions to watching some quality batting from McCann and AB was who was next to umpire, who would score and who was going to collect the 20 over drinks. Michael played some lovely shots off his legs and mostly left alone the good balls outside off. AB played shots all around the wicket and one cover drive, which I was lucky enough to see from the balcony, was close to perfection. Both batsmen were well set by drinks and it was a surprise when AB was caught at square-leg for 46. The partnership was worth 118. McCann continued to maintain focus and application to bring up his fifty with a boundary. Skip had entered the fray and after a close shave first ball started hitting anything pitched up with real ferocity. Michael was eventually dismissed for a great 66 having set the innings up for some heavy scoring during the final ten overs. As Skip continued to hammer the ball around, the field spread towards the long boundaries meaning H had a lot of running to do. Both found the boundary in between fielders and turned some easy singles into two's and two's into three's a couple of times. 250 was reached and passed. By the end of forty overs Skip had 80 not out and H 31 not out in a rapid 78 run partnership. Ditton had 266-3.
Given the weather forecast, we didn't want to hang around at Tea, although you can't drag Opening bats and Umpires onto the pitch, especially after chasing 266 around. It wasn't long before we were back underway with Jacko and Joe the opening combo this week. Skip took a smart catch at slip from Jacko's bowling and we were really underway. Joe struggled a little with the ball sliding down the slight slope and past the leg stump. Once he made the adjustment he was rewarded with a couple of good wickets and figures for the afternoon of 7-2-26-2. Jacko also took a rest after six overs with 1-23. Fez then bowled a fiery spell with no luck whatsoever. I lost count of how many times edges eluded Marc and slip to race to third man for four. The batsmen didn't seem to be particularly enjoying their good fortune though and the introduction of "military medium" Rob saw their eyes light up only to keep missing straight ones. While Fez eventually retired with figures that didn't do him any justice of 6-0-37-1, Rob was producing another spell like Lode last term. To more than make up for his lack of runs, his bowling analysis reads 8-3-9-4. And he took a very good catch. With Littleport down and nearly out, stumbling towards 132 all out, it was left to debutant Ralph to mop things up with 2-6 from two overs.
A solid performance where Skip decided he didn't need to bowl more than two overs should put us in a positive mood for Granta next week.