Runs galore on the Mire as Nicoll blasts unbeaten 113

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It was not a day to remember for both bowling attacks on the Little Knavesmire last Saturday as the batsman had the upper hand in both innings, as almost 500 runs were scored and just seven wickets taken.

On a good day weather-wise in South Bank, Ovington openers Tom Cookson and Pete Kelly put on 98 for the first wicket before Kelly fell. It was then Cookson (97) and Craig Nicoll (113 not out) that took charge as they both picked the Clifton Alliance bowling apart with relative ease. Tom Armes reached his fifty in double quick time as well as the Ovo batting line-up put a massive total of 310-3 on the board from their 40 overs. Such a big score was always going to be difficult for Clifton to reach but they went about the total conservatively and will be happy to have kept the Ovington players out of The Knavesmire pub for so long. They used up their 40 overs to score a 179-4, with John Myers getting 84 not out.  With Westow also winning at the weekend, the eight point gap still remains between the two.

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There’s also still a three point gap between Thixendale and Ovington II, as Ovo circumnavigated successfully what is always a tricky test at Burythorpe in their match against Stamford Bridge. Stamford Bridge were kept in-check by the bowling of Ali Souch (3-44) and Dick Buckley (2-27), being all-out 150. There was still work to do and Stefan Littlewood (22) got things off to a good start alongside Sam Dixon, with Dixon ending up on 66 not out – Harry Buckley’s 34 assisted things further and Ovo were winners with eight overs left.

It was a red-letter day for Finn Baqai as he picked up his first half-century in all forms of Cricket alongside a four wicket-haul in a losing effort against Burn. Ray Adamson batted through for the home side and ended up on 101 not out, with some disciplined batting alongside aggressive hitting. He barely gave a chance as Ovington toiled in the field on an rock-hard outfield. Jed Fowke picked up two wickets for his trouble. In response, Burn’s bowlers kept things tight and although Finn Baqai (61) and Matthew Valks (28) put on plenty in the middle-overs, Ovo got behind the run-rate and never really looked like winning with 15 overs to go. Late wickets eventually fell chasing a losing cause and Burn won by 63 runs.

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