Busby saves the day in thrilling finish vs Wheldrake


There were some extremely close contests over the course of the weekend for our Ovington representative sides, and some unlikely heroes.

The First Team faced Wheldrake on the Little Knavesmire, a fixture that last season ended in a tie. The opposition, batting first, had their innings dominated by two batsmen. Anthony Carter (108) and B Challis (46) put on 85 for the fourth wicket and that gave Wheldrake a respectable total of 205-6 from their 40 overs. Dom Kitching was the pick of the Ovo attack with 3-39, while Barry Steel got 2-21.

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The home side would have been relatively confident of chasing down that sort of score on a brilliant looking batting wicket, and got off to a good start with openers Tom Cookson (33) and Pete Kelly (38) both getting starts. This became an unfortunate theme through the Ovington top and middle-orders, as three got starts but failed to reach more than 35. It left Ovington struggling. Skipper Barry Steel assumed responsibility of trying to get the total and looked to have managed to get Ovington home, but fell for 47, just two runs short of the target of 206. In an exciting finish and with memories of last season’s tie potentially looming, Benji Busby, who won the batting averages for the second team last season, hit the winning runs without a care in the world and it meant Ovo were one wicket winners.

The Third Team also were involved in a gripping match where the momentum shifted between them and opposition Tadcaster Magnet on numerous occasions. Ovington batted first and although getting off to a slow start, continued to pick up runs. Finn Baqai (42) and Jon Souch (53) hitting his first half-centruy, the duo put on 92 for the third wicket and left Ovington in a strong looking position at 145-3 with less than 8 overs remaining. The lower order didn’t really kick-on as they would have liked, except Sam Prangnell’s entertaining cameo of 20, as Ovo reached 188-7.

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Tadcaster Magnets top order was solid throughout, with R Laver, R Low and T Strangeway all getting scores in the 30’s – and although they had wickets in hand, often at this level, chasing down what became six-an-over can prove difficult. A brilliant return spell by Finn Baqai (4-41) put the pressure on and the Tadcaster middle-order struggled to hit boundaries in the closing overs. With 9 needed off the last over, they edged an early four but that was pretty much it as they ended up three runs short of the Ovo total.

For the Second Team, there was no such drama in a match that could be described as sleep-inducing. Fulfordgate, short on numbers, batted defensively and to their credit, managed to almost bat for their allotted 40 overs. Ending on 125. S.Rose was their top-scorer with 32 as Ovington used eight bowlers. Dick Buckley got the dismissal of the aforementioned S.Rose and took 3-9, with son Charlie ending on 2-19. Dom Everard was also the recipient of two wickets.

Ovo pulled no punches in the run chase, with James Eckersley getting 42 from 43. More considered was Sam Dixon (41 not out) but the game was essentially over after Harry Buckley had got his eye in, as he hit an explosive 33 not out, which included an enormous switch-hit for six. Ovington were eight wicket victors.

There was no such luck for the Under 15’s on Monday night as they were comprehensively beaten by Yapham. They were not winners in their game last Friday, but didn’t lose either as they were involved in a thrilling tie against York “B”. Some observers suggested a tie was a fair result given the two teams, albeit Ovington made the trip with only nine players. Albie Gray deserves credit for his batting performance, but Ovo arguably got “white-line fever” and just fell short of getting the win with it within their grasp.

The Under 13’s are through to the semi-final of their knockout cup with a five wicket success over Clifton Alliance. Chasing down 97-5, Finn Baqai retired and Jack Walmsley got 20, thus backing up a good bowling performance from Harvey Foyer (2-6) and Jack Walmsley (2-26).


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