Racegoers rally to Ovo cause as Bucket Collection raises thousands


There was a big weekend of action in lots of ways for Ovington – as all three Senior teams were playing, the annual bucket collection took place and some junior teams played too, having to dodge the England games. There’s an even bigger weekend going on at Ovington too.

The annual Bucket collection took place on Music Raceday at York Racecourse, where numbers of those collecting were down a little on previous years. Those that did however, had a great time.


The final total raised was £3191.74. Thank you to all who came to help and special thanks to all the parents and grandparents who accompanied the collectors. The top collector I believe was Wilf Metcalfe, with his brother Toby, not far behind. A great effort by all.

Special thanks to all our Sponsors, who are helping the club continue to grow it’s Junior and Senior sections in 2018.


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As previously mentioned, it was a must-win game for the First Team against Londesborough Park II if they were to keep in-touch with the top two in the Ebor Fourth Division. It was a close-run match throughout. Ovington won the toss and, due to the hot weather, elected to bat. Both Joe Whale (29) and Peter Kelly (42) got starts with the bat but wickets fell subsequently and from 67-1 to 82-5, Ovo looked in real trouble. Things didn’t look much more promising at 121-8 but a partnership of 61 between Charlie Buckley (37) and Dom Everard (24 not out) pushed Ovington along and a score of 194-9 from their 45 overs at least gave us hope of defending a total. Tom Williamson topped the bowling charts for Londesborough Park with 4-46, with Mark Tissiman securing 3-33.

At 109-0 the game looked done and dusted for the away side as Joel Taylor (65) scored at a run-a-ball, including two sixes. That total of wickets soon increased exponentially, with the batting team losing six wickets for 25 runs as Neil Metcalfe (12 overs, 6 maidens, 4-24) did a great deal of damage ot the Londesborough Park top and middle-order. It took some aggressive batting by #7 and skipper Edward Smith (43 from 34) to put the game beyond doubt and give them the victory with less than 2 overs remaining.

It was a hot June afternoon, yet Ovington debutant Paul Power wore a jumper. Opening the batting for the Second Team, Matt Spooner (20) and Liam Herringshaw (23) got the innings off to a bright start, before three wickets fell quickly to leave Ovington 54-3. Andy Cole (31) and Harry Buckley (60) then put on 68 for the 4th wicket, and after Cole was dismissed by Simon Rouse (2-60), Andrew Tomlinson’s excellent 37* saw Ovington to a commanding 225-6.

In reply, Kurt Baird bowled very aggressively and accurately, claiming 2-21 and causing Simon Rouse (26) and Anthony Carter (26) plenty of problems. It took Dick Buckley (2-7) to snare Carter though, and after that, Wheldrake didn’t have much support for Rouse. All the lower order contributed a few, but Liam Herringshaw (2-6) – with the help of two excellent catches from Chris Geelan – ensured that Ovington ran out 144-run winners. Report by Liam Herringshaw.

Ovington Thirds were reduced to nine in the morning due to the fires around Manchester leading to work commitments and fielded first on a sweltering day. Selby got off to a slow start and Jack Walmsley’s first spell earned himself two wickets, one of which came off a great catch by Jeremy Fowke. After M.Thorpe (19) retired hurt due to a muscle injury, the Selby middle-order struggled to score. Only Alex Hornestaj (23) tried to push the score along but was deceived by a Walmsley slower-ball bouncer. The U14 eventually ended with figures of 3-24 from his 8 overs. Selby ended on 132-7.

In reply, U13 Oliver Parsonage (2-42) took the important wickets of Jeremy Fowke and skipper Jimmy Taylor but couldn’t dismiss Ovington keeper Graham Walton, who eventually fell for 27. Ovington scored at a quick run-rate and at 66-4 off 12 overs with just three wickets remaining, the game looked in the balance but some accomplished batting by two Ovington juniors, U15 Jacob Lamb (28 not out) and U14 Jack Walmsley (30 not out) put on a partnership of 69 and saw Ovington home with almost 15 overs to spare.


For Junior teams this week, many had free weeks due to the World Cup among other things. There was an unfortunate ten wicket defeat for the U15’s against a strong York team. The Foss Evening League side were also in action, where they played Pocklington.

Pocklington 179-2 (Sam Shipley 66, Dan Littlewood 59no, Alex Downey 32) beat Ovington 157-2 (Stefan Littlewood 84, Sam Dixon 46no)
This game was all about the batsmen as both the bowlers on both sides struggled to pick up wickets. A number of the Pocklington team play in the higher reaches of the York Senior league, so this was always going to be a tough fixture.
The visitors made a relatively slow start managing only 7 runs from their first 4 overs after some tight bowling by Jack Walmsley, and to the astonishment of Chairman Alan Fletcher, Jed Fowke! Openers Alex Downey and Dan Littlewood established a healthy run-rate, before Downey was bowled on 32 by Charlie Buckley (looping buffet delivery). Sam Shipley (66) joined Littlewood in the middle, with the two combining to drive Pocklington to a total of 179 runs from 20 overs. Littlewood finished unbeaten on 59. We were unfortunately a little sloppy in the field with a number of dropped catches and errors leading to boundaries.
Ovington made a much stronger start with the bat than their visitors, with Stefan Littlewood and Sam Dixon helping themselves to 50 runs from only 6 overs. The Pocklington bowling attack failed to make a breakthrough until the 14th over when Stefan Littlewood was efficiently stumped by Sam Shipley on 84, which included 10 fours and 1 six. A solid innings from Sam Dixon saw him finish unbeaten on 46, with Tom ‘Steve’ Irwin chipping in with a useful 16no. In the end we fell 23 runs short of victory, but will take a number of positives from this game.
The next evening league game is away to Stillingfleet on Wednesday 11 July. Depending on England’s fortunes in the World Cup, that date might change!

A full preview of this weekend’s itinerary will be posted tomorrow (Friday).


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