Ovington’s Charlie Buckley was the recipient of the HPH York Vale Cricket League Young Player of the Year award at the Annual League Dinner on Saturday.
16 year old Buckley, who was an unlucky runner-up in the same category last year, took two five wicket hauls for the first team in 2016, with a 5-35 against Wheldrake and 5-22 against South Cave & Brantingham. His bowling average at the end of the season came to a very commendable 12.94. Buckley was presented with the award on the night and also in front of the pavilion earlier today by award sponsor, Mike Green from Gem Construction.
Club Chairman, Alan Fletcher said: “We’re very proud as a club of Charlie in picking up this award in 2016, especially after going so close last time around. Charlie is the first winner of the award to come from Ovington [award has been running since 2002, Tom Cookson was runner-up in 2004]so it is fantastic that his achievements have been recognised in this way”.
Fletcher also added, “We would also like to thank Gem Construction for sponsoring this award and ensuring that it continues to reward young cricketers in the York Vale League, alongside their continued support of Cricket in the local area overall”.
Joint runners-up in the award in 2016 were Jack Bagshaw (Stamford Bridge) and Jack Heartshorne (Clifton Alliance).