Kelly back in form as Firsts grab opening day win

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The opening day of the Cricket season was a mixed fare for all three teams, but there were plenty of positives across the club in different areas and promising signs for the season ahead.

The First Team opened their campaign for a trip to Woodhouse Grange IV and were one of the handful of Saturday games in the Senior League to be completed. In gloomy conditions, with rain a constant threat, Ovington batted first and got off to a strong start with Tom Cookson (36 from 29) and Finn Baqai (27) both getting starts. Both fell within relatively quick succession by Harry Shipley. It was then Pete Kelly, making a welcome return to the runs, hit an exemplary 82 not out. Joe Whale and Tom Armes both got 32 in supporting the former captain and with 221-3 on the board, new Ovo skipper Benji Busby had seen enough and declared, with 13 overs remaining.

Scenes from the opening day of the First Team season as openers Tom Cookson and Finn Baqai face the Woodhouse Grange attack.

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The Woodhouse Grange reply never really got off to a start and with a depleted team, lost wickets early. Kurt Baird (2-22) made an instant impact in his promotion to the first team bowling alongside Dom Kitching (3-13) that put the chasing side in bundles of trouble at 17-5. A short recovery, headed by Freddie Bowers (25) followed, that was until Neil Metcalfe (4-17) proved too good for the Woodhouse Grange middle-order to secure the full 30pts and a 154 run victory. The only game in the division to beat the weather/not be conceded, meaning that an Ovington side sit top of a York Senior League table for the first time in the clubs history.

The Third Team were led by Luke Smith for the first time on Saturday and a combination of youth and experience got his reign as skipper off to a strong opening in their game against Stamford Bridge IV. Batting first, openers Montegomery Grenyer (35) and Kareem Baqai (56) put plenty of runs on the scoreboard for a partnership of 82. Once Grenyer fell, Baqai was supported by serving Gurkha Raj Rai (32). Later, Tom Irwin’s 17 not out, including a huge six, gave Ovington the respectable score of 171-4.

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Unfortunately, the looming weather finally sprung and due to a waterlogged square, the Stamford Bridge innings barely got started. Just one over was bowled, where Raja Thapa was unfortunate not to get among the wickets. The game was abandoned and it was a case of 10pts each for both sides, but it was a game full of promise for the Third Team.

The Second Team played Burn in a game where they went off twice for inclement weather, but the full match was completed. On a wet afternoon, it wasn’t much fun for the fielding sides and Ovo felt the full force of the folding of North Duffield, as Ed Clarke, making what could be his first start for Burn, put the Ovington bowling attack to the sword. His 113 not out, including 19 boundaries, made it hard work for the fielding team on a ground well-known for big scores. Dom Everard was the only bowler to make much of an impact with his 2-41 from 10 overs, as Burn put on the formidable, but not impossible, total of 251-3.

The weather was a constant threat for the Second team at Burn and they were off twice for rain throughout the game.

Batting conditions weren’t as easy in the second innings but plenty of Ovington batsmen got off to good starts, but unlike Burn, they didn’t have one player to really kick on and get a big score. Among those to get starts included James Harrod (36) and James Eckersley (26) but economical bowling from Burn led to the run-rate increasing and the game getting away from the away side. Full batting points were achieved however, with newly-appointed captain Jimmy Taylor hitting five boundaries in a cameo innings of 32, with Charlie Buckley (25) being the best of the rest. Ovo falling 71 runs short. Graham Robson’s 4-24 and New Zealander Tom Cobley’s 2-39 the pick of the Burn bowling.

There’s plenty of Cricket throughout the week, with Juniors and Evening League team matches taking place. Check out Play-Cricket throughout the week for any updates on Junior scores. Any Team Managers who want to get their game report on the website, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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