Busby’s brilliance bowls Firsts out of trouble

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The Vale League is in its penultimate weekend and it was full of drama and surprises, as Ovington’s First Team travelled to ‘bogey team’ Wheldrake, whilst our Second Team faced up against Fulfordgate who had got a team out for the first time in weeks.

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The First Team prior to yesterday’s game were eight points clear of Westow, a margin that they’ve kept up for the last few weeks. Batting first and expecting to get a big total, the Ovo innings started strongly, with opener Tom Cookson (37) and Pete Kelly (17) getting the league leaders off to a fair start. Then however, everything started to go wrong. Wickets fell at an alarming rate and the middle-order, barring Joe Whale (10) and tailender Benji Busby (12 not out) managed to reach double figures as an amazing spell of bowling by Mark Cass, who picked up six wickets, meant that Ovington were defending the meagre total of 82.

After a sombre tea interval, Ovington had to pick themselves up and do something extraordinary. An inspired piece of captaincy saw Benji Busby open the bowling with Craig Nicoll and the pair hit their mark immediately, with Wheldrake being 4-4 at one stage. A mini-revival, aided by a dropped catch or two, saw Wheldrake reach double figures before Busby continued to take wickets. In a fabulous spell. Busby’s bowling figures were

Overs: 11
Maidens: 8
Runs: 9
Wickets: 5

Busby was aided by Craig Nicoll (2-5) and Dominic Kitching (1-4) as Wheldrake sunk without a trace, 19 all out. Remarkable. Title rivals Westow play Clifton Alliance today (Sunday) with the title race all to play for.

Crowds of thousands descended on South Bank as one of the most hotly anticipated sporting events in the North of England took place this afternoon – Ovington II vs Fulfordgate. Match Report provided by Andy Cole.

Like an angry phoenix rising from a particularly ferocious flame, Fulfordgate, so often struggling for a team this year, had eleven players confirmed by Monday. In contrast, the usually youthful-ish Ovington II were decimated by summer holidays, an International Archery competition and a rather large nearby horsey event. However, with promotion still well within Ovington’s grasp, stand in skipper Iain Kirkup issued a rallying call far and wide which was answered enthusiastically. Unfortunately, as a result of this, it meant that Ovington III had to concede their own fixture to make up the shortfall.

Fulfordgate wanted to bat first and Ovington duly obliged them. Alan Baldock (28) got ‘Gate off to a blistering start as they raced to 30 from five overs. However, the ever reliable Roger Simonsen (3-24) coerced Baldock into a loose shot as he was well caught by Matty Vaults for 28. After that, ‘Gate struggled to build any meaningful partnerships as Ovington’s change bowlers kept it tight. Only Mark Hancey (24) got going as Jimmy Taylor (3-20) and Iain Kirkup (2-2) ripped through the lower order to see ‘Gate scuttled out for a well below par 88.

After a plentiful tea, featuring beef and mustard sandwiches, Ovington were confident about chasing down the low target. However, ‘Gate paceman Dave Baldock (4-30) had other ideas. He ran through the top order, all bowled, as Ovington were reduced to 16 for 4 within seven overs. Reluctant opener, Andy Cole, coming off the back of 3 ducks in 3 innings at the top of the innings, watched the carnage from the other end and set about rebuilding the innings with 3rd team stalwart Josh Fletcher. They steadied things by seeing off the impressive Baldock and put on 43 for the 5th wicket until Fletcher was caught behind after drinks for a well made 20. However, Cole remained at the crease and hit the winning runs in the 27th over, finishing on a well measured/boring 39 not out, as Ovington won by 4 wickets.

Congratulations to Thixendale who after their win yesterday, have won the Second Division. They’ve been the strongest team in the last two divisions they’ve played in by some way. We’d also like to apologise to Burn II, who have won Group B of the Third Division after the Thirds have had to concede. It is the first time in the Thirds history that they’ve conceded. Many apologies.

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