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Ellingham in cup battle

PUBLISHED: 09:42 07 May 2009 | UPDATED: 15:01 14 July 2010

GREAT Ellingham travelled out to Littleport in the first round of the Mid-Norfolk Sunday League Challenge Cup.

With several regular senior experienced players unavailable the team included seven players under the age of 17.

GREAT Ellingham travelled out to Littleport in the first round of the Mid-Norfolk Sunday League Challenge Cup.

With several regular senior experienced players unavailable the team included seven players under the age of 17. Great Ellingham won the toss and elected to field.

The opening bowlers of Ledebour (4-42) and Glover (2-43) got Ellingham off to a promising start having Littleport 43-3 after six overs. However the classy Sy Full (166) dominated the bowlers and reached his 100 within 18 overs.

Full was eventually bowled by skipper J Hawkins (2-37) with the total on 224. Littleport wickets then fell at regular intervals and their innings ended on 266-9.

Credit must go the younger players S Garnham and D Thompson who continued chasing the ball around the field as Sy Full dispatched it to all parts of the ground and to the bowlers who tried continued to bowl a good line and length.

In reply, Ellingham got off to a steady start with W Thompson (11) and R Ewin (73 no) putting on 21 for the first wicket. Unfortunately, Ellingham were unable to put together any significant partnerships to allow them to chase the Littleport total. There were signs of promise from debutant P McIntosh (7), C Oxborough (5) and D Thompson (12) but no-one was able to remain at the wicket with Ewin for more than a few overs.

Ellingham's final wicket fell in the 31st over following some great defiance by D Thompson.

Ellingham should take encouragement that had it not been for the batting of Full, they would have been in with a great chance of progressing to the next round.

Next week Great Ellingham first team is at home to Topcroft and the A-team is away at Redgrave and Bressingham.

Thanks go to sponsors Mellor Metals, Great Ellingham Crown and Stuart Pumps for the continued support.

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