There was some great individual performances over the past few days in Ovington colours, as Benji Busby for the First Team and Charlie Buckley for the Second Team bagged five wickets apiece. They weren’t the only Ovo players to shine.
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The First Team had a fixture against Stockton & Hopgrove and would have gone into the match as strong favourites, Stockton having only won one league match this season and struggling for numbers in the run-up to this clash. It did however, look like a surprise was on the cards as Ovington fell to 30-4 due to four wickets from Dan Fairclough. Opener Tom Cookson was still at the crease though and with support from the middle-order, Ovington reached 214-8 at the interval. Cookson got 75, with Joe Whale (52), Stefan Littlewood (37) and Neil Metcalfe (31) chipping in.
In response to this total, Stockton were never really in it although with Rich Kerrison still at the crease, they could arguably be still in with a chance. He eventually fell for 56 as the rest of the Stockton & Hopgrove batting line-up struggled. Benji Busby, ‘hero’ with the bat last week, this time succeeded with the ball, picking up 5-34 from his twelve overs and helping Ovington to a convincing 131 run success.
It was a brief afternoon in the summer sunshine at Millthorpe, as Ovington II made quick work of Malton & Old Malton, denying players the chance to enjoy a free sample of the Olly Murs concert at York Racecourse. The visitors started brightly, but once Simon Rogerson (2-20 off 6) had claimed two wickets, leg-spinner Charlie Buckley tore out the middle-order with a brilliant spell of 6.4-1.26-5. He was ably supported by Finn Baqai, who bowled like an old hand (5-2-7-2) despite being a 13 year-old debutant, as Malton collapsed from 43-2 to 59-8. James Eckersley claimed three catches and then, after a delicious tea, set about the opposition bowling. After he was dismissed for 25, Andy Cole (23*) and Tim Irwin (14*) hit some lovely shots as Ovington II raced to the target of 77 in just 14.3 overs. Second Team report provided by Liam Herringshaw.
Foss Evening League: Westow 88-8 (C Inman 31, J Smith 33; D Everard 3-8, C Buckley 2-23) lost to Ovington 89-3 (H Buckley 30no) by 7 wickets.
Ovington’s Foss Evening League team picked up their third win of the season, following some fine bowling by Dom Everard. The visitors lost a couple of early wickets, but recovered following a 60 run partnership between Chris Inman (31) and Jamie Smith (33). Following the removal of Inman and Smith, Westow lost further wickets in quick succession, with Dom Everard posting impressive figures of 3-8, and Charlie Buckley picking up 2-23. The visitors finished on 88 for 8.
After Nathan Pratt (1-16) took the wicket of Tom Armes in the second over, Ovington moved to 36 before Pete Kelly (20) was bowled by Jamie Smith (1-23) in the eighth over. Joe Whale soon followed, before Harry Buckley (30) and Hussain Ahmed formed an unbeaten partnership of 51 runs. Ahmed hit the winning runs with 2 overs remaining, securing a 7 wicket victory for the home side. Foss Evening League Report provided by Jed Fowke.
The Under 15’s on Monday night provided a convincing performance for spectators as they easily dispatched a Sheriff Hutton Bridge side. Batting first, Ovington put the SHB attack to the sword, with Tum Burgess retiring on 51, and Montgomery Grenyer hitting some late runs to help Ovington reach a total of 143-2. SHB were always on the back-foot and two wickets apiece for Finn Baqai and Montgomery Grenyer saw them all out for 78.
The Third Team faced unbeaten (in the league) Acomb and although Ovo made early in-roads into the Acomb batting line-up, we ended up chasing a hefty total. Acomb rode their luck somewhat but on a big ground, chances were always going to be difficult to come by. Farath Ansar, who is far too good to be playing Third Division Vale League, got 60 and Brad Keel got 55. Some late hitting by the lower order saw Acomb reach 211-8. Finn Baqai and Luke Smith took two wickets apiece. Ovo were 47-1 in response and looking good before Ansar took two wickets in his three overs to effectively end the contest. Acomb, to their credit, rotated their bowlers well and only Jon Souch (35) and Jed Fowke (23 not out) made significant contributions as Ovington fell 66 runs short.
Both Under 13’s teams faced ‘York’ this weekend and both were defeated, although Montgomery Grenyer batted with great credit for his 28, where Ovington U13’s “A” team were beaten by six wickets. The U9’s game against Walton was cancelled due to a downpour on Tuesday night,