Run-fest at the Riverside

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There were almost 500 runs on show at Kelfield when the First Team travelled to the Riverside to play a side who had recently dispatched Burn, who beat our First Team in the opening week of the season, in what lived up to the billing as a high-scoring affair.

With a 2pm start-time which is the norm for Kelfield, Ovington batted first, with opener & undefeated boxer Tom Cookson (1-0-0 (1ko)) got on with the job in hand in his usual style. He hit 70 in a scorching innings, that featured nine 4’s and three 6’s to get the visitors off to a flyer. When Cookson finally went, Ovington were 126-1 and it was the more circumspect pairing of Pete Kelly (79) and Tim Burgess (32) who continued the momentum to lead Ovington towards a formidable looking total. Craig Nicoll’s 22 was the highlight of a slight sputtering middle-order, who were forced to get on with it from the get-go. Dom Kitching’s cameo of 18 was entertaining and even as Ovington eventually ended up on a huge total of 281, but, to Kelfield’s credit, they did manage to get all ten Ovington wickets. The two Stills in the Kelfield team contributing five wickets between the two of them.

Kelfield’s batting had less of the spectacular individual performances that the Ovington top-order managed to provide and Jamie Wheeler’s 67 was their only batsman to reach his half-century. All of the hosts’ top five managed to get starts but Ovington’s bowling held out and it left Kelfield well behind the run-rate with ten overs remaining, who eventually settled for full batting points. Highlights of the Ovington attack came from Dom Kitching, who secured 4-39 from his ten overs and a rare wicket from Stefan Littlewood. Kelfield finished 71 runs short, with three wickets left in hand.

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The Second Team are one of the Ovington sides that were yet to taste defeat in 2017 and faced Hirst Courtney, who had given our First Team a huge scare in the HPH Cup Final last year. Hirst batted first and it was the Ovington bowling in the form of Simon Rogerson (4-29) which did the damage to Hirst, as Rogerson took batsmen #2 and #3 before returning later in the innings to by dismissing two more from the lower order. Dick Buckley took two wickets, which kept the visiting Hirst Courtney side to the reasonable total of 132-7 from their 40 overs. Ben Copeland for Hirst top-scored with 42 while J.Hinchcliffe* hit 21 not out.

During the interval, the raffle, kinding provided by Knavesmire Butchers, was won by a Hirst Courtney player, the second time in a Second Team game that it has been won by the opposition. I can solidly predict now that I won’t ever come close to winning, but I will keep trying over the course of the season. We hope you will too.

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The Seconds would have fancied their chances of reaching this total fairly comfortably but were in all sorts of bother at 14-2, which included the dismissal of last week centurion James Eckersley and esteemed ESPNCricinfo author Liam Herringshaw. It was left to another who hit their first big score for Ovington last week, Sam Dixon, to steady the ship. His 41 not out while others hit out around him, allowed Ovington to ease to the total for the loss of five wickets. Harry Buckley, back from University, was the other significant scorer with 36.

The Third Team faced local rivals Bishopthorpe in a match that was never going to have the same intensity and controversy as previous meetings between the two clubs First Teams. Ovington made early in-roads due to the accurate bowling of Hussain Ahmed and had them 36-3. It was at this point that the game was probably lost, as the old adage “catches win matches” was shown to full effect. In the space of a few overs, Mike Dale (21), Jamie Blackburn (89) and Ed Bindloss (44) were all subject of drops or missed catches when on no scores at all and they put Ovington to the sword, especially Blackburn. The Bishopthorpe lower order didn’t really contribute as they would have hoped, but the damage was done and Bish reached 213 all out. Hussain Ahmed ended with 4-44, while Jacob Lamb can take real credit with his figures of 2-22. Finn Baqai showed the other Ovington fielders how it was done, with three catches to his name.

Hussain “Sam” Ahmed had a terrific game with bat & ball for the Thirds against Bishopthorpe II

This kind of total for the Thirds looked a tough one on paper but Ahmed, known around the club as “Sam”, did his best to hit the total himself. He took the Bishopthorpe bowling apart at some stages, assisted to begin with by new-signing Billy Jones scoring 15 but wasn’t helped by the middle-order collapsing around him. The lower-order rallied around him, but Ahmed eventually fell with Ovington 119-7. The rearguard of Josh Fletcher, Sam Prangnell and Tom Irwin managed to coax the score up to 147 but they could do no more and Bishopthorpe, who will be vying for top-honours in the Third Division, were deserved winners.

The Under 15’s tonight were beaten by Woodhouse Grange, who kept things exceptionally tight against the Ovo batting line-up, with our U15’s only reaching 67 from their allotted overs. It was never going to be enough and Woodhouse Grange got to the total with a minimum of fuss. Jacob Lamb again impressed with the ball for his two wickets.

There was also defeat for the U13’s “B” team who were exceptionally inexperienced, with many of the team still having a season or more left at U11 level, so this performance can be upgraded somewhat. The “B” team showed dogged determination to stay at the crease and batted out their 20 overs. Alex Steel was top-scorer. Their opponents Dringhouses were slightly more experienced and this told, as they reached the total for the loss of three wickets. They’ll be plenty more days for this “B” team over the course of the season.

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