Kirkup cleans-up Yapham as Firsts win again


The weather has played havoc with some of the junior midweek fixtures over the past few days but there was no such problem for our representative sides over the weekend, with some stellar solo performances the highlight.

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There was career best figures on show at Bishop Wilton, where Yapham looked to have a good chance of victory at the halfway point vs Ovington Seconds. The visitors were bowled out for 129, with Tom Irwin continuing his impressive form with the bat, being top scorer. Such a total on a fine day would have been well within the compass of Yapham but Ovington’s Iain Kirkup had other ideas. His 7-22 destroyed the home team’s batting line-up and he was well worth the Press Performance of the Week award he has received from the Vale League. Yapham fell to 85 and Ovington were 44 run victors.

Also in action were the First Team, who faced Melbourne. To their credit, Melbourne batted sensibly and reached the respectable total of 200-7, with Dom Kitching the pick of the Ovo attack with three wickets. In response, Pete Kelly (75) and Tom Armes (67 not out) did the majority of the damage, before Craig Nicoll battered 39 not out from a limited amount of deliveries, to get the First Team home with the minimum amount of fuss.

There was wins this week for the Under 13’s “A” team, and a second win of the 2017 campaign for the Under 11’s soft-ball team, who beat Drax. Joe Fowke and Joshua Blower getting 10 & 11 respectably, with Sadiq Rizvi doing the damage with the ball, with two wickets to his name. Rizvi also starred with the bat in a losing effort for the U13’s “B” against Wheldrake, where he scored 20.

Arguably, the turning point in the Thirds match vs Thorpe Willoughby II was Fulfordgate conceding earlier in the week, as that allowed two First Teamers to make the step up when they were short. These two made all the difference as Elliott Precious hit 50 not out and took 3-13 with the ball. He wasn’t the only one though with an excellent all-round performance as Ovington’s Rich Garside (59 & 3-21) gave the home team every chance. It was veteran bowler Neil Huggins, getting five wickets which included a hat-trick, that did the damage too from the other hand and it left Ovington 64 short of the Thorpe Willoughby total of 211-5


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