Nicoll dismantles Alliance as Ovo go top

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It was top vs second in the HPH York Vale League Division One clash between Ovington and Clifton Alliance on Sunday but it ended prematurely in a one-sided affair. The Third Team were also in action on Sunday, facing off against Dunnington.

Previous leaders Clifton Alliance, who had won 4/4, including defeating Burn and Kelfield, were put to the sword against an Ovington bowling attack that finally showed the ability it promises. Clifton, batting first, succumbed quickly to the Ovo attack. Craig Nicoll doing most of the damage, ending up with figures of 4-34 from his 10.3 overs. He was ably assisted by Neil Metcalfe (3-28) and that left a mountain to climb for Clifton to defend the low total of 109.

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Early wickets fell for Ovington with both openers departing without much of a score, but Nicoll sealed a Man of the Match performance with an unbeaten 76 not out as himself and Joe Whale got Ovington over the line, and back to The Knavesmire pub, in double-quick time.

The other completed match for Senior sides at the weekend was at Dunnington, where the Third Team were in action. They batted first on what looked a good track, with one very short boundary looking awfully tempting for aggressive batsmen. At 47-4 however, Ovo did not look in good shape, Sam Prangnell’s 29 steadying the ship somewhat, before middle-order pairing Josh Fletcher (38) and Thomas Irwin (27) gave the scoreboard some respectability. Late wickets fell, but Ovington managed to reach 173 all out with the final wicket falling on the last ball.

A couple of missed catches put pay to Ovington’s chances of defending that sort of total on this kind of wicket, as Harry Griffiths, who had already taken four wickets with the ball, hit 69, after being dropped twice, one of those coming within the first couple of overs. Dunnington only got over the line in the last few overs but there was never really too much doubt about them reaching it, with Luke Smith’s 2-37 the pick of the Ovington attack.

The Under 15’s were in Cup Action in a reduced, 15 overs-a-side game against Bolton Percy. It was a low scoring game, played in terrible conditions, but Ovington managed to get through the game unscatched and continue on to the next round of the competition. With it being half-term, other Junior games were at a premium last weekend.

The Second Team played on Saturday and were caught up in the two freak thunderstorms that hit South Bank. They were in a little bit of trouble against Stamford Bridge before rain stopped play.

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