Ovington Chairman Alan Fletcher has been inducted into the York Vale League ‘Hall of Fame’ at their annual Awards Dinner tonight at The Regen Centre, Riccall.
Alan Fletcher has been a part of Ovington for around thirty years, previously playing for York RI and Bilton-in-Ainsty, and has been an integral part of the club pretty much throughout. He was extremely important in the introduction of a junior set-up and a second team for Ovington, helping develop players such as Craig Nicoll, Ian Holmes and Tom Ashby, among many other players who have gone on to play a very good standard of Cricket. As many clubs in the area weakened, Ovington prospered and now with several junior sides, three senior teams and a midweek team, they can rate as one of the biggest clubs in the York area, only behind some big senior league clubs with far bigger budgets.
Although he is intending to step back from junior coaching duties in 2019, he will still have an important part to play, frequently umpiring, head groundsman of our two grounds (Little Knavesmire) and may even still feature for the First or Second teams if asked. He was a winner of the Second Team Batting averages, now named the “Alan Fletcher” cup a total of five times. His only century came in Ovington colours too, with an unbeaten 100 not out against Selby IV back in 2001, where he was dropped on 99 in the slips. He played one game for the Second team this season, scoring 7 not out against Kelfield, putting on 35 with fellow Hall of Fame inductee David Brummitt for the last wicket.
The Club would like to congratulate Alan Fletcher on his achievement.