Firsts go clear at the top but rain threatens this week

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There was a top of the table clash between the top teams in the First Division of the York Vale League as Ovington and Westow faced off near Kirkham Abbey on Saturday. We also had the Annual Funday event on Sunday as well to enjoy, where the sun eventually arrived.

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Ovington extended their lead at the top of the table with a convincing victory against Westow. The home team batted first on a challenging pitch, but made 67-0 in the first twenty overs. Like in their match earlier in the season, Westow didn’t capitalise on this good start as Neil Metcalfe and then Benji Busby (4-47) reduced Westow to 101-6. Some late runs gave Ovington a target of 170 to chase. All of the top order made runs as Tom Cookson (42), Pete Kelly (33), Craig Nicoll (32 not out) and Tom Armes (30) saw Ovo home for the loss of three wickets.

There was a convincing success too for the Second Team, who dismantled Hemingbrough’s batting line-up. Jed Fowke – (I’ve made sure I spelt his name correctly in order not to upset him, as this has been causing rather a lot of stress) put in a great bowling performance to pick up figures of 3-6 with captain, Dick Buckley having even more remarkable bowling figures of 3-2. Hemingbrough were all out for 79 as James Eckersley, who picked up an unbeaten century against this team earlier in 2017, got 54 not out as Ovington won by eight wickets.

The Third Team put in a good bowling performance against Selby, with two wickets each for Brandon Bishop, Luke Smith, Josie Osborne, Finn Baqai and four dismissals for stand-in wicket-keeper Kareem Baqai. The target set of 130-9 felt achievable but after a slow start and on a slow pitch, against some accurate and consistent bowling, fell short. Matthew Valks hit 19 not out and top-scored.

The Vale League changed their mind on the format of the league, and the Thirds find themselves in the middle-group of a four-team competition. The fixtures are as follows. We have a good chance of being competitive in this mini-league, although I’d give a slight advantage to Stamford Bridge, having three Sunday home games in their favour.

Saturday 22 July
Ovington III v Thorpe Willoughby II

Sunday 30 July
Stamford Bridge II v Ovington III

Saturday 5 August
Burn II v Ovington III

Saturday 12 August
Thorpe Willoughby II v Ovington III

Saturday 19 August
Ovington III v Stamford Bridge II

Saturday 26 August
Ovington III v Burn II

The Funday Event happened on Sunday and full details/photographs will be posted in due course. Thank you for all those who attended.

With rain around, this weekends games are in the balance whether they’ll go ahead. It is to be hoped that the League titles don’t go down to who has covers and who doesn’t, as Westow are at home to Askham Bryan while our first team play against Kelfield at home. There’s a trip to Hirst Courtney for the Second Team, while the Thirds, as stated above, face Thorpe Willoughby at Millthorpe School.

 

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