Baird bosses Askham Bryan in early finish


The weather was a threat for our weekend games and both games on Saturday had early finishes. Find out about what has been going on at Ovington below.

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There was a crunch relegation encounter in Vale League Division One for Ovington II, as they played similarily placed Askham Bryan. Match report this week comes from Liam Herringshaw.

Isn’t it a wonder how cricket changes from week to week? After a thumping at Westow last Saturday, Ovington were far better this Saturday, playing to a different beat, and handed out a 10-wicket hammering to 9-man Askham Bryan. After debutant Kyle Cinquecento caught dangerman Alistair Hogben, Andy Cole and Liam Herringshaw dropped catches, and words were had as Dave Sladen looked like he might help the visitors to a decent total. However, Kurt Baird showed that when the going gets tough, the tough get wickets, claiming 4-11 from 8 overs of high quality as the Askham Bryan middle order gave it all away. Only an entertaining last wicket stand between Ian Hall and Shane Ellerton saw Askham threaten the 50 mark.

Liam Herringshaw and Dom Carass came out to chase down the total, and no matter what Askham Bryan tried with the new ball (and Wood and Marden made it swing, seam, and bounce), Herringshaw seemed to have all the time in the world, clubbing six fours and a five (thanks to an overthrow) in a 29-ball knock of 30*, leading the home side to victory in under eight overs. The game was over not long past 3.30pm.

The First Team travelled to the University to host Cawood II, who were yet to win in the league in 2018. The Cawood innings started okay and they were 18-2 but that soon turned to 22-5. All four Ovington bowlers were among the wickets as Benji Busby’s 4-14, Dom Kitching’s 3-8 from 8 overs, Finn Baqai’s 2-14 and Dom Everard’s 1-9 dismissed Cawood for 45 from just 22 overs.

Ovington therefore had 67 overs to chase down a target of 46 but Joe Whale fell on the first ball and Thomas Cookson and Pete Kelly were not far behind. At 8-3 it had a slight chance of getting interesting but Ovo had too much quality in reserve through the middle-order, as Tom Armes and Tim Burgess (20* and 12* respectively) saw Ovington home in under 8 overs.

Thursday saw an Ovington Chairman’s XI play the MGKM Cricket Academy U18’s who were touring from India, managed by former Indian first-class cricketer Connor Cecil Williams. The Chairman’s XI featured an array of talent from across York-based clubs, including our very own Jack Walmsley and Finn Baqai. The touring side batted first but were soon on the back-foot, with Clifton Alliance’s Sam Grant picking up 3-3 from his four over spell. MGKM recovered though, with Dikshit Parmar’s explosive 44 featuring ten boundaries. 77-3 became 98-6 though as Thomas Brown’s 2-28 and Luke Kilby’s 2-13 kept the touring side in check, as they eventually got to a grand total of 136 all out. Yash Solanki impressed with the bat, scoring 28.

The Chairman’s XI lost the wicket of opener Dan Durkin with just 23 on the board and lost two wickets quickly a bit later on, with meant at 58-3 the game was still somewhat in the balance. MGKM unfortunately could not dismiss Hayden Bradley, as the Easingwold player plundered 85 not out, dominating the scoring and meaning the Ovington Chairman’s XI reached the total with just 23 overs gone. For the visitors, Harsh Hirani was the pick of the bowling with 2-31. Het Patel picked up the other wicket.

Ovo Chairman Alan Fletcher (left), select XI was successful against the MGKM Cricket Academy touring side Pic: Gerry Darling.

We’d like to thank all those who played for Ovington in this game, alongside the MGKM Cricket Academy for the game. We hope they enjoy the remainder of their tour.

The Foss Evening League side played Heslington, where the side was oversubscribed and some changes were rung. Economical bowling by Ovington’s openers suppressed Heslington’s run-rate in the early stages, until Will Phelps began to clock-up the boundaries on his way to a well worked 44. Pankaj Saini (16) was dismissed following a superb delivery from Charlie Buckley (2-34). Thereafter wickets fell quickly with Benji busby picking up 3-24. Former Heslington man Jimmy Taylor picked up 2 wickets in emotional scenes in the final over to post 2-12. Heslington ended their 18 overs on 99-8.

Fine bowling by Colin Heath penned back the Ovington top order. Matt Spooner (18) showed promise before edging one and being caught behind off Heath (2-14). Dom Carass (32) got Ovington back on track before being run put in the latter stages. Saini was more successful with the ball as he posted figures of 3-12. Despite a spirited effort, Ovington fell short of their target on 95 from their 18 overs.

The Third Team’s game on Sunday against Yapham was cancelled.

This week sees a Clifton Alliance themed weekend for two of our teams, as the Second Team come up against CACC 3rds, while their 4ths play Ovington 3rds. The game for the Third Team could decide which team finishes in second place in Division Three of the York Vale League, as leaders Sessay will be tough to catch but the teams around them are all a much of a muchness, with Clifton and Ovington just two of these.

For the Second Team, they play a strong Clifton 3rds in a game rearranged and with a change of venue due to the cancelled HPH Cup Final last week. Ovington II’s are still relegation-threatened so any points obtained here are a bonus. Our First Team travel to Pocklington, more playing for pride than anything.

  • Ovington 1sts – away at Pocklington.
  • Ovington 2nds – at The Little Knavesmire
  • Ovington 3rds – at Milthorpe School

Big thanks to everyone involved with Ovington CC


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