Buckley bats with Pride as Seconds get first win


Lots of success to report on this week, as all three of the Ovington senior sides were victorious, the first time this has happened this season. There was some impressive team and individual performances throughout the club. Read on to find out more.

There was an initial bit of good publicity for Ovington sides as they were featured on the National BBC Weather report on Friday and Saturday. Thank you Billy and Sue for sending that photo in!


The Little Knavesmire saw a brilliant batting performance by Harry Buckley as the Second got their first win of the season, moving themselves off the bottom of the table by beating Kelfield in what might have been seen as a little bit of an upset. Things were looking a bit grim with the Ovington score at 38-3, with Craig Lawson for the visitors taking all three wickets. In came Buckley at #4 and his dominating performance with the bat, hitting 99 not out and turned the game on it’s head. With a final total of 172-4 on the board after the 40 overs, other batsmen played just a supporting role and only 27 was off the bat at the other end.

Harry Buckley (pictured batting) hit 99 not out on Saturday

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172-4 on the face of things at the Little Knavesmire isn’t a big total to defend but at 9-2, Ovington were in the driving seat due to a wicket apiece by Aussie import Kurt Baird and Dom Everard. Chris and Matt Walker helped Kelfield to recover, but when Chris was dismissed for 38, there was a distinct lack of support at the other end. Matthew Walker tried his hardest to get Kelfield over the line but was finally dismissed for 59 after a catch by skipper Simon Rogerson, as Ovington won by 36 runs. Rogerson picking up 4-43 with Baird and Everard getting two each.

The First Team were also in the winners enclosure on Saturday, visiting Cawood II.  Winning the toss and electing to field. It was a pretty mundane start to the proceedings, as Cawood were in no hurry and some economical bowling on the whole, especially by Dom Kitching (3-16 from 10.2 overs) saw plenty of dot balls. The big breakthrough came with the introduction of Neil Metcalfe, returning to form after a bizarre injury suffered in the home. His figures of 4-36 included (I believe) a hat-trick, and meant that Cawood were on the back-foot at 44-5. The home side recovered somewhat, with an aggressive Matthew Green scoring 59 from 67 balls, including two sizes, to put some respectability to the Cawood total. They were eventually 145 all out, with 2.4 overs left.

Tom Cookson got things off to a fast start and hit 28 from 29. Once he fell with 43 on the board, other opener Tim Burgess and captain Pete Kelly took over. They put on 99 for the second wicket, with Burgess just being caught-behind four short of the final total. He ended on 46, while Kelly ended on 43 not out, reaching the target with 20 overs to spare. It was a welcome win for Ovington given last week was spoilt by the weather.

The Third Team played a previously unbeaten side Sessay at Millthorpe School and won well in a real team effort, picking up the maximum 25 points… Liam Herringshaw (48) and Jimmy Taylor (45) were the leading lights with the bat as Ovington scored a formidable 182-9 from their 40 overs. U13 captain Montegomery Grenyer opened the bowling and took 3-17 in a fantastic spell as all seven Ovo bowlers were among the wickets. There was some spirited resistance by Orphelia Watson (46) but Sessay fell 68 runs short of the Ovo total.

Club Chairman Alan Fletcher, pictured here on receipt of the news that the Thirds were docked 5pts for incorrect result reporting (Pic: York Press)


The U13 B team fielded a number of debutantes in their home fixture against Heslington U13 B. Joe Fowke made an early breakthrough by taking 2 wickets in the first over of the game, on his way to posting figures of 2-12 from 3 overs. Thereafter the home side were unable to pick up any further wickets, as one of Heslington’s A team regulars (retired 30) carried the visitors to a total of 67 for 3. Despite only picking up 2 wickets there were a number of very encouraging bowling performances, with Connor Wilson and Lennon Woodhall both picking up a maiden over each. Despite a dogged performance from George Healy (4) Ovington fell 18 runs short of their target, ending the game on 50 for 8.

A pleasant evening was spent at Bolton Percy last week for the U9’s where a good game was played. Ovington batted first for the first time this season and ran ever more positively between the wickets. The fielding from Bolton Percy was the best we had played against this season sue to a number of direct run outs. There was also the opportunity to play for the first time against spin bowlers with a couple of useful leg spinners being very controlled for such an age group and thus economical. Wilf Metcalfe on turning to the square leg umpire commenting “I can’t hit it dad” as if the bowler was obliged to ensure the ball kept in a straight line from leaving the bowler’s hand to hitting the bat, wicket keepers glove or wicket. Wilf top scored with 7, followed by Lorcan Chant with 4. The bowling was its most economical of the season and but for a couple of run out chances and dropped catches would have made a closer result. Ashley Steel with 0-6 being the most economical and Tom Brook bowling the only wicket taker (1-15). An enthusiastic debut was performed by Jacob Mellows in all departments of the game. Ovington lost by 79 runs.

The same team played Dunnington last night. “Yes”, “No”, “wait” are vocabulary that the U9s know but are not yet used correctly on the cricketing pitch. On Tuesday they played Dunnnington at the field of dreams and probably were the most matched in our featured matches so far in terms of batting and bowling. The difference this time was that we got ran out a fair few times and missed a similar numbers of chances when fielding. A useful agenda item for Friday’s training. In terms of the match stats Ovington’s top score was Ashley Steel (2) with Wilf Metcalfe, Henri Sammons and Jacob Mellows being the others to have a net positive score. A run is a still a run! With bowling, Amelia Richardson was the most economical with her two overs going for 10 runs, followed by Alex Beard and Jacob both going for 11 runs and Wilf being the most accurate from both sides when giving the least number of wides. Morale remains high in the camp as they move on to hosting Heslington on Tuesday 19th.

The U13’s “A” team ran into a strong batting line-up for Clifton Alliance and were beaten. Ovo put a respectable total on the board, scoring 73-7 from their 20 overs. Montgomery Grenyer and Oliver Steel top-scored with 19 apiece. Clifton, to their credit, used ten bowlers. Ovington’s bowling failed to make much of an impact on the Clifton Alliance batting line-up, as they ran out ten wicket winners. Zachary Blower the most economical of the bowlers, going for 15 off 4 overs.

Friday’s Evening Game was between Dunnington and Ovington U15’s, featured on the BBC Weather Report shown above. It all started so well for Ovington as Finn Baqai took two quick wickets. Dunnington recovered though due to the batting of Ed Hammond (39) and Max Wilson (54 ret). This put Dunnington on a ttotal of 125-5 from their 20 overs. Joel Edmondson took 2-28 and Tom Farrell got 1-4. In contrast to Dunnington, Ovington’s openers all got off to good starts but they couldn’t keep up with the run-rate. Jacob Lamb top-scored with 26 not out as Ovington fell 41 short, with only the loss of four wickets

They’ll be a full preview of all the fixtures for the weekend coming in the next couple of days. Alongside details of the Funday, sponsored by Simon Baynes and any other club business. Thank you to all our sponsors, our roving reporter Kate Buckley, players and all the people who keep the club going.




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