Kelly is King at Selby as Seconds ensure survival

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The season is almost at a close and all three senior teams don’t have particularly much to play-for. The First Team concluded their campaign last weekend, while the Second team just guaranteed their safety last weekend. The Thirds are another with little to play for but pride.

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For the First Team, a trip to Selby closed the season and Ovo elected to bat, perhaps mindful of scuttling Selby out for a low score like in the earlier game in 2018. They lost a wicket early but captain Pete Kelly stepped up with a fine batting performance. Coming in at #3, he hit his first century of the campaign with a brilliant 126 from 99 balls featuring 18 boundaries. He was supported in the middle-order by James Eckersley (40) as Ovington finished on 239-7 from their 45 overs. Dan McLoughlin took 3-41 the pick of the Selby attack.

Selby started their run-chase fairly slowly and some might argue they never looked like getting the total. Their top-order batted with real credit with opener Graham Philips scoring 80 and Issac Leung picking up 54. The Ovo bowlers toiled against this pairing but at 161-1, they still stood a chance of winning. Up stepped however, the partnership breaker in Pete Kelly, who took a bundle of wickets as the lower order tumbled. His figures ended up at 5-19, two of which in the last over, to take Selby to just 186-7 and a winning draw for Ovington.

Ovington’s bad run of form continued against Burn, who won a close game by 18 runs. Burn won the toss and elected to bat on a slightly green wicket. Kurt Baird, Ovington’s Antipodean opening bowler, started off with his usual pace and aggression but Burn’s openers stood firm to put on 57 for the first wicket. Leigh Adamson, who survived several strong LBW appeals from Baird, found the boundary with ease and a 250+ total looked on the cards but he was caught off a Matt Spooner buffet ball for 93 and the run rate slowed. Extras (29) was the next top score as Burn closed on a healthy but gettable 203-8. Baird was the pick of the bowler with 4-33.

In reply, Ovington were up with the run rate and with local Optomologist Spooner at the crease with his eye in, victory looked achievable. Spooner clobbered one Ben Steward over for 20 but fell a couple of overs later to the impressive Graham Robson (4-59) for 71 which saw Ovington’s challenge falter. The run rate increased and, batting for points, they finished on 185-8. Extras had a great game, also second top scoring for Ovington with 37.

No First Team action this week as their season has concluded. The Second team play relegation ‘rivals’ Wheldrake but unless my maths are horrendously wrong or someone forgets to submit the scoresheet on time, the seconds are safe from relegation. They’ll be hoping to return to form today after a run of defeats stretching back to the 28th July. The Third Team travel to Selby III with only a league position or two to play for, they too have had a run of defeats but can be proud of their efforts throughout the early to middle parts of the campaign where they kept competitive in the table and had a run at promotion.

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