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Local co-operation and financial support for the installation of new fencing to site the new sight screens for Old Catton CC have now been completed and the fencing erected at the Recreation Ground off Church Street. This is in readiness for the upcoming cricket season which celebrates the Clubs 150th anniversary. This is one of the final pieces in the jigsaw puzzle enabling the Club's first team to return to play league cricket in the Norfolk Cricket Alliance at this venue. 

The Club wishes to thank the Old Catton Parish Council for their support in achieving this and Parish Council members are pictured here with Paul Prime, opening the gates for the first time in readiness for the sight screens which are due to arrive on Friday 6 April 2018.



Welcome to the Old Catton Cricket Club website.

We are a growing club that plays its cricket in the traditional way, with enjoyment, commitment and in a family atmosphere.

We have 3 teams that play League cricket on a Saturday. The 1st XI  play their cricket in the Norfolk Alliance Division 5, the A XI in Norfolk League Division 3E and the B XI in Norfolk League Division 4W.

In 2018 the Club will continue to play competitive cricket on Sundays, having entered the Mid Norfolk Sunday League. The club will continue to play some friendlies on Sundays through the season for those who wish to only play non competitive cricket.

Our Junior coaching will recommence in May 2018 though keep a look out for our Winter net sessions to be announced. All boys and girls aged from 9 to 14 are welcome to come along.

Lastly, the club are always open to new players, young and old who want to play cricket in a friendly atmosphere. Please use the contact form on this website or pop along to a match one weekend and say hello.

OCCC Committee

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The View Over 150 Years.

How times have changed.

In the early days of Old Catton Cricket Club, Captain Desmond Buxton would be waiting to go into bat in the comfort of his stately home, Catton Hall. A runner would knock and enter the Captain’s room announcing that it was time for him to go to the wicket, so he would walk to the pitch carrying his bat and his pads underneath his arm – no one-minute rule there.

In even earlier times his father, Edward Gurney Buxton entertained the legendary figure W.G.Grace at an overnight stay at the Hall after appearing at Lakenham. Both father and son served the County Club, Edward as President and Desmond as Secretary, and were very influential in the Norfolk cricket world.

However, the Old Catton Cricket Club began its life even earlier than in those Edwardian times, going back to its foundation in the Victorian age – 1868. Since then the players no longer sit on a wooden seat sited around the trunk of a large oak tree in the grounds, at the mercy of the weather, but have moved to the Alliance approved ground at Old Catton Recreation Ground in Church Street, where the Parish Council have provided a pavilion with all the modern facilities. The eleven men good and true that used to move the sheep hurdles out of the way to play the game have evolved into four sides, one in the Alliance, two in The Norfolk Cricket League and one into the Mid-Norfolk Sunday League. We also run a Junior Section to provide continuation. This is in contrast to a period in the 1990s when we could not provide even one side, having to drop out of League cricket for four years. However, we built slowly up and returned, adding to the teams as we progressed. In today’s busy world, with many different sports available, new players are a bit like gold dust and we are always looking for new ones of all shades of age, gender and ability.

Now, in our 150th year we intend to celebrate our good and endurable club, and among other things we are holding an Anniversary Dinner for all players, ex-players, Vice Presidents, Sponsors and friends. It is to be held at the Holiday Inn, near Norwich Airport, on Saturday October 13th. More details will be announced, i.e. prices, timing etc., later through e mail, face book, and overland mail, but if anyone, at this stage, would like to book a place or places for this grand event, you can let me know on barryrprime@gmail.com as early as you like, to avoid missing out.


Barry Prime, Chairman.

Junior Supporters



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The 2017 Junior season was a good season seeing an increase in junior numbers, and a good intensity during training sessions. The new connection that we have made with Crusaders RUFC has made training sessions flow smoothly and the new numbers are very promising, of course new members are always welcome.

Looking towards the 2018 season we are training on Tuesdays and Fridays at Catton Rec 18:00-19:30.We have 3 coaches again this season which will allow me to focus on specific areas of improvement and more one on one coaching. This will allow our young aspiring cricketers to becoming the best players that they can be and in turn enjoy the game more.

If anyone is interested in playing then please don't hesitate to get in contact with me.

Matt Ambrose
Mobile No: 07957 903300

Old Catton Juniors received plenty of moral support for their first home match of the season. Pictured top with the Juniors are Chloe Smith MP, Club Juniors Patron, and sponsor Mark Loveday of Loveday and Partners. Chloe and Mark were ably represented (pictured below) by Club Chairman Barry Prime.