Buckley and Kelly star in HPH Cup pursuit

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It was a wet weekend in general for Ovington sides, with two games not surviving the intermittent rain that North Yorkshire faced on Saturday. For those that did play, they had a much happier time of things and the Seniors and Under 15’s were “undefeated” in matches played to completion.

The First Team, playing in the First Round of the HPH Cup – got off to the perfect start in order to retain their crown with an 185 run victory at South Cave & Brantingham. With the rain an obvious danger throughout, Ovington scored their runs at a rate of knots – going at a run-rate of over 8 for the first 20 or so overs. Ovington amassed a huge total of 287-3, declaring early in order to give the game a better chance of being played to completion. Pete Kelly scored his first century of the season with an unbeaten 116, alongside Craig Nicoll, who scored 97. A target of 288 was always going to be difficult for the home team, and a career-best wicket haul in the first team for 15 year-old Charlie Buckley, who took 5 wickets, meant South Cave & Brantingham could only reach a total of 102.

The two other Senior sides in action last weekend, both had their games cut short due to the weather. The Third Team never got started, whilst Ovington II were on 55-3 when the persistent rain finally signaled the end to a frustrating afternoon. These games will replayed, likely next Sunday.

With the Under 13’s side on a free-week, the Under 15’s were the sole representative of Ovington’s Junior sides earlier in the week and they recorded their second successive victory in the Under 15’s Division B, with a 10 wicket win against Pocklington. Pock batted first and batted courageously to last 17 overs, but were all-out for 47. No less than six Ovington bowlers were among the wickets, highlights including Thomas Irwin (3-12), Issac Burland (2-7) and Jack Walmsley (2-1) were just three of the bowlers to get themselves on the score-sheet. A target of 48 was always going to be difficult for Pocklington to defend and Ovington reached the target without losing a wicket. Tim Burgess (30 not out) and Toby Robinson (13 not out) the unbeaten partnership.

The Under 15’s were also taking part in the first round of the Under 15’s cup – where they were drawn against Malton & Old Malton on Tuesday. Batting first, Ovington were given a good platform by Tim Burgess (32), who in some ways, struggled for support at the other end. No one else reached double figures until #9 batsman Issac Burland, hit an aggressive 25 (not out) late on, to leave Ovington on a score of 92-9 from their 20 overs. Burland then backed up his impressive batting performance with the ball, securing figures of 3-14 from his four overs. Cormac Malone was also in receipt of a three-wicket haul, ending his spell of 2 overs with figures of 3-4. An impressive all-round bowling performance from Ovington meant that Malton ended their innings on 54, falling 38 runs short.

The Foss Evening League game last Wednesday was halted after a few overs due to rain, and this week, they have a free week.

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