Fowke’s fine innings in vain but Firsts get the win

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It’s getting to the time of the season where holidays are coming, availability is waning but Ovington managed to put out three teams last Saturday, with mixed fortunes.

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Woodhouse Grange are the last Senior League team to visit the Little Knavesmire and the club did a good job of getting the game on after a burst sewer caused havoc earlier in the week. Ovo won the toss and fielded and the Woodhouse Grange batting line-up was dominated by opener Luke Bailey, who top-scored significantly with an innings of 68. Their middle-order however did not handle the Ovington bowling attack with the wickets spread around pretty evenly. Finn Baqai made a welcome-return to the wickets with 3-35 from his eleven over spell, while Neil Metcalfe was his usual economical self, a twelve over spell ended with 2-12 including four maidens. His current economy rate for the season stands at 2.31 runs per over.  Benjamin Busby and Jacob Lamb both got two wickets apiece too, leaving Woodhouse Grange to set a target of 162 from 45 overs to chase.

Joe Whale (39) got Ovington off to a flyer but wickets fell, there was some temporary respite with the innings of James Eckersley (31) before he was C&B off the bowling of Josh Matthews. Like in the first innings, there was problems in the middle-order and the game looked destined for a Woodhouse Grange win or a Draw with Ovo seven down and 40-50 runs needed. It was a partnership between Jacob Lamb and Dom Everard that inched them closer to the target, before some good running in the closing stages with Everard and Busby meant that Ovington won in the final over.

Ovington Thirds travelled to Knayton, a new ground for Ovo by all accounts to face league leaders Sessay. These teams were currently 1:1 in there meetings in 2018, but with Sessay only losing two games in 2018 altogether, they sit top of the Division Three table and comfortably won their Cup Final on Sunday. Batting first, the visitors got off to a good start after an early loss of a wicket with Graham Walton once again among the runs, getting 46. The star performance with the bat in the Ovington innings was undoubtedly that of Jed Fowke. The Ovington Junior Treasurer spends plenty of time with work in the middle-east but it was instead the middle in cricket terms that Jed occupied, his career-best for Ovington 72 only featured 4 boundaries on a slow outfield and it proved that his warm-up routine definitely did its job. No other Ovington batsman got past 15 as Fowke was dismissed in the closing overs in a terrific knock, Ovington finishing on 195-6.

Sessay had put 200+ past Ovington before but on a slow outfield it wasn’t going to be easy and they lost talented county-level junior Craig Baptist due to the bowling of Rob Wallace with just 13 on the board. It was Tom Reid, who scored a century against Ovo earlier in the season, that got Sessay motoring with his 70 coming off just 90 balls. When Reid was finally dismissed, the game was relatively open at 117-4 but down two bowlers due to dangerous bowling/no-balls, Ovo did not quite have the bowling attack to dismiss the Sessay middle-order, with Andrew Dawson’s explosive 56 not out coming off just 40 deliveries. they reached the target in the last over.

Report by Andy Cole: Kelfield avenged their defeat by Ovington earlier in the season with an easy six wicket victory. An under-strength Ovington brought three player out of retirement to make a full 11. Dave Brummitt, who last played for Ovington in 1979, club Chairman and octogenarian, Alan Fletcher and Iain Kirkup, returning after a year out following a successful stint on Australian Masterchef.

Stand-in skipper Sam Dixon, in place of Dick Buckley who is sunning himself in Port Moresby, won the toss and elected to bat. Nothing of interest at all happened in Ovington innings, as C. Lawson (4-13) bowled an exemplary line and length, until Alan Fletcher and Dave Brummitt put on 35 for the last wicket to push Ovington to a not so embarrassing total of 70.

Kelfield then tried to overtake the small total in the quickest amount of time possible as Phil Johnson aka B. Aiskin whacked 39 before being bowled by the fiery Kurt Baird (2-30). Masterchef semi-finalist Iain Kirkup impressed with figures of 2-2 but, with four wickets down, M. Walker (16 n/o) saw Kelfield home within 13 overs to ensure an early finish.

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