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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 2017 the Club will continue to play competitive cricket on Sundays, having entered the Mid Norfolk Sunday League under the Captaincy of Paul Daynes. 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 2017 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


View from the Boundaries, Saturday July 8th 2017

Hockwold v Old Catton 1st

A 40+ mile drive to the furthermost edges of the county took me to Hockwold. Due to logistics and a touch of laziness in my old age, I had resigned myself to watching Federer and Djokavic on Saturday afternoon. However, my one and only suddenly said, ‘Come on, I’ll take you there,’ and hastily making sandwiches, packing some washing gear, and rummaging around for my passport, we set off. 

The Hockwold ground is very picturesque, with a long veranda-ed pavilion, tree shaded on two sides and with a high wall behind the far wicket that you have to clear to attain a six. They have a very good electronic scoreboard with all the information one needs, and adjoining the pavilion a comfortable refreshment room and bar in the village hall that we made good use of. Altogether, it was a nice place to visit – unless when you arrive at 2.30 Old Catton’s score is 42-8. We scored all of 51 all out and they passed it without losing a wicket. 0 points, enough said. Back down the road to the known world.


Old Catton A v Bystanders 1st.


Most of us from the Hockwold match turned up at the rec. to give moral support to the A’s, who were faced with a total of 175-5 from the Bystanders. I had a chat with Sue and Kobe before checking our current reply, 83-5, which meant we had a lot to do if we were to pass their score. Cometh the hour, cometh the man, or in this case, men, with scores of: 25 from Chunky, recovering from his severely bruised knee, 45 from Ryan S, 36 from Steve W, and 38 not out from Jay, the latter passing the total required, partnered by Peter Y on 8 not out. Jay disappeared into the corridor, his cry of triumph sounding like the bellows of the Minotaur in the labyrinth. All were delighted to give stand-in captain Ryan S a win in Barry B’s absence.

More was to come as Greg C gave us the news that the B’s had beaten Bystanders A at the Barracks. ‘How many did you score?’ I asked him. ‘48-7,’ he replied, ‘against Bystanders’ 47 all out.’ See the irony? The 1sts lose scoring 51, yet the B’s win scoring 48. 99 between them for 17 wickets down: funny old game.

Congratulations to the 17 of you, who turned up at the Whalebone to chat, drink and generally enjoy the company. I bet there aren’t many other clubs in Norfolk, whose players etc. gather together at their local watering hole after matches in such numbers, win or lose. 


Barry Prime, Chairman.



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Junior Supporters

The 2016 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 2017 season we are training on Tuesdays and Fridays at Catton Rec 18:00-19:30.We have 2/3 New coaches 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.


OCCC Junior Success & Looking Foward