Baqai has dream debut in senior bow


No game for the First Team this weekend due to Melbourne conceding. The two remaining senior sides were in 20 Over Cup action, with the Under 13’s and 15’s also in action in the past couple of days. The Under 11’s also played in the Cup on Thursday.

As the headline suggests, it was a dream debut in senior cricket for Finn Baqai, as he picked up three wickets in the Ovington 3rds victory against Pocklington in the Prendergast Memorial Cup, which is now a twenty over competition. The Under 13, eligible for selection in the senior side due to his call-up by North Yorkshire, made an instant impact with the ball, taking two wickets in his second over. It was a nice touch that his first wicket was a catch taken by his father, Kareem. It arguably should have been three wickets in one over, had a simple stumping opportunity not been squandered. The bowling trio of Baqai, Jimmy Taylor and Dick Buckley meant that Pocklington, batting first, were in real trouble at 25-6. It was not until J.Jackson and A.Ashby forged a strong partnership, that Pocklington recovered and Ovington made hard-work of the last few overs, eventually Pocklington ended the innings on 88-8.

In a twenty over match, chasing a target of 89, you are always going to want runs on the board early on. Ovington however, failed to score in the first four overs, at one stage being 0-1 with the fifth over going down. Chris Geelan, sent in as a pinch-hitter, survived the opening bowling and put a marker down for selection in the second team, bludgeoning 15 from 13. Unfortunately, the 13 relates to overs, not deliveries faced. He stuck about while Rich Garside (26) got on with it with more success, but due to a slow start, Ovington were still far from guaranteed a victory, but had the advantage of wickets in hand. An 11 from Sam Prangnell, including some very risky singles, meant that Ovington required 9 from the last over. With Josh Fletcher and Matthew Valks at the crease, Valks hit two boundaries in three balls to ensure Ovington victory and move them on to the semi-finals, due to be played on the 17th July.

The Under 15’s were in action on Monday, facing Heworth “B”. Wanting to get an early start due to the Football, Ovington batted with a different opening partnership, but it mattered little as Toby Robinson (50) and Jack Walmsley (27 not out) made life difficult for the Heworth bowling. Ovington actually lost their first wicket in the 17th over, which led to usual opener Tim Burgess coming in. Burgess hit nine 4’s in three overs, including one over where he hit every legal delivery to the boundary, bar the last which went for 3, ending the innings on an incredible 46. Ovington’s final total was 142-1.

In reply, Heworth B couldn’t live with the bowling of Yorkshire Under 15 star Josie Osborne,  whose three over spell led to figures of 4-7. Issac Burland (2-3) and Finn Baqai (2-3) also were amongst the wickets, with Heworth only reaching 51, falling 91 runs short.

There was a tense finish in the Under 13’s match against Bolton Percy. Ovington batted first and recovered to a total of 70 after a shaky start, where at one point they were 29-4. This was mostly down to the contribution of Montgomery Grenyer, who retired out on 32.  A total of 70 was always going to be a difficult one to defend but Ovington bowled and fielded really well, which culminated in a tight finish. Jack Walmsley was tasked with bowling the last over and kept things really tight under plenty of pressure to give Ovington the victory. He eventually ended up with figures of 2-7 from his three overs. Baqai and Toby Robinson were others in amongst the wickets as Bolton Percy fell four runs short.

The Under 11’s were eliminated from the Cup in a spirited effort against Clifton Alliance. The Clifton side made 88, and Ovington fell around fifty runs short, having collapsed from 33-4 to 33-9. The Second Team were also in action – a report was previously posted by stand-in captain Andy Cole

The Foss Evening League side play on Wednesday, away at Aviva Vikings. The game is scheduled to take place at The Outgang in Heslington.


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