Eckersley stars as wins aplenty for Ovington sides

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It has been a busy week of action at Ovington with most of our teams in action over the past few days. There was plenty of success for our senior sides, with some of our juniors also picking up victories.

The First Team got back to winning ways against Westow, who batted first on what looked a decent track. Their opening partnership of Mike Earle (36) and A Welford (71 not out) got Westow off to a promising start but wickets started to tumble with the introduction of Neil Metcalfe (3-30) and Barry Steel’s 2-8 (from six overs) saw Westow only get to 156-6 from their 40 overs.

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Tom Cookson hit two boundaries in the first two balls of the Ovington response before being stumped, and it was Pete Kelly (57) and Tim Burgess (20) who steadied the ship. Craig Nicoll’s quick-fire 56 not out saw Ovington home with the minimum of fuss, with 7 wickets still in hand.

The Second Team were also victors against Hemingbrough, with recent signings Sam Dixon (51) and opener James Eckersley (107 not out) doing the majority of the damage in Ovington’s 204-2. It was Eckersley’s first century in league cricket, having most recently played social cricket for teams around the London area. Andy Cole had an entertaining cameo of 27 not out to put some late runs on the board, a total that was too much for Hemingbrough’s batting line-up. Ovington bowled well throughout the innings, Iain Kirkup took (3-13), Brandon Bishop (2-12) and Dick Buckley (2-8) and meant Hemingbrough only reached 108 all out in 34 overs.

There was further success for the Under 15’s in a closely fought success against Yapham on Monday night. Batting first, Ovington got to 101-2 from their 18 overs. Tim Burgess’ 36 from 49 was the main-stay of the innings before late runs from Jacob Lamb (22* from 31) and Jonathan Evans (24* from 17) put the late Yapham bowling to the sword. Jack Walmsley was the highlight of the Ovington bowling, securing a hat-trick at a crucial time when the game was still in the balance, ending up with figures of 4-11. Montgomery Grenyer made the step up to U15 level for the first time and ended with 2-29, which meant that Yapham fell 8 runs short of the target.

Both U13’s teams were beaten at the weekend, with the “B” team putting in a solid effort against a capable Stamford Bridge team who featured many players who had played representative cricket. The U11’s and U9’s were also beaten during the week.

The Foss Evening League team started their 2017 campaign on Wednesday night against Stockton & Hopgrove. Stockton, batting first, never really got into​ top gear and limped to 82-9 from 16 overs. This was mostly down to some good bowling from 14 year old Jacob Lamb (3-14) in the middle overs. Dom Kitching took 2-10 to keep things tight at the end. S.Kale for Stockton top scored with 20. In response, Ovington were 21-3 early on with M.Bradshaw’s first spell of bowling in over a year a fiery one, he ended with 2-12 from his four overs. The partnership of Stefan Littlewood (43 not out) and Tom Armes (21) took Ovington​ close to the total before H.Ahmed hit the winning runs in the penultimate over for a five wicket success.

Details of this weekend’s games will be posted in due course.

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