Kitching dominates North Cave in scintillating display


The second week of the season saw outstanding individual displays in all three Ovington senior sides on Saturday, but the highlight almost certainly came in East Yorkshire.

The First Team travelled to North Cave in one the longer distances that they come across in this division and succeeded in the first battle of the day, winning the toss and electing to field. From then on, it was simply one-way traffic as opening bowler Dom Kitching dismantled the North Cave batting line-up. He single-handedly took the first seven wickets in an outstanding spell and at 35-7, it looked possible that Kitching could go through the entire innings and pick up a ten-for. Simon Rogerson however, (of Club Sponsors York & Selby Tutors) took the wicket of Adrian Varty to vanquish that possibility. Ovington didn’t concede another run though as North Cave went from 35-6 to 35 all out. Kitching eventually finishing with figures of 11 overs, 4 maidens, 8 wickets for just 13 runs conceded. Rogerson finished with 2-4 from his 4.2 overs.

It didn’t take long for the opening partnership of Finn Baqai and Tom Cookson to chase down the total, doing so in just 5.3 overs and in a one-sided battle, the game was done with just 26 overs bowled. It means the First Team have won both their games this season and are the early pace-setters in their division. Dom Kitching’s 8-13 are the best bowling figures seen in an Ovington senior shirt for quite a while and certainly the best seen in the York & District Senior League, surpassing Neil Metcalfe’s 7-10 last season vs Drax II

As previously mentioned, there was an outstanding individual performance in each Ovington match and the Second Team had James Eckersley to thank for a competitive total of 176-6 in their match against Yapham II. Early wickets fell around him with Ovo on 22-2 at one point but opener Eckersley carried his bat through the entire 40 overs, only just securing his century in the final few to finish with 101 not out, hitting 15 boundaries in the process. There could have arguably been some better support down the other end, with two run outs blighting the scorecard. That being said, Montgomery Grenyer’s 19 not out towards the close of the innings, a knock full of promise, helped Ovo reach full batting points.

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177 is a get-able target at the Little Knavesmire on a pristine square and it was another opener, Yapham’s Mark Fairey, who carried his bat through, who did the damage. Dropped early on in his innings, he made Ovington pay for their fielding mistakes with an exemplary 79 not out. Unlike in the first innings, he had support from Craig Redhead (38) and Adam Smith (32*) which meant that Yapham just lost two wickets in their run-chase. They did only reach the target with 8 balls remaining, so the game was a tense one up until the finish. Jacob Lamb picked up 2-29.

Last week saw the Third Team pick up the plaudits for a fine batting performance but this week, it was their bowling that came to the fore. Facing up against a Burn team that scored over 250 last week, new signing Ranjan Bhattacharya was handed the role of opening bowler and stepped up to the plate impeccably. He dismissed four of the top six Burn batsman and kept things tight in two fine spells of bowling, eventually finishing with figures of 5-22 from his 11.5 overs, taking the final wicket of the innings to secure the five-for. Wickets elsewhere were spread around fairly evenly, with fellow new-signing James Mason picking up 2-19. Burn could only manage 103 all out.

Ovington would have been confident of getting to that total but lost wickets early and were 13-3 at one stage. Noah Morgan, the Under 13 making his senior debut, then showed really maturity with the bat and although wickets fell around him, he continued to keep the scoreboard ticking. At 67-5, the game was evenly balanced with experienced Chris Geelan coming to the crease. As you can probably tell, the game changed at this point and for Ovington, it wasn’t particularly pretty. Morgan was “unfortunately” run out after a fine knock of 21, with his senior partner having to take the blame. Geelan remained at the crease though as others around fell, with the score at 91-9, still having an outside chance of success. A wild swipe at a straight one later, the game was up and Burn 12 run victors. For the home side, Lucas Webster picked up 4-30 and Phil McVicker bamboozled the Ovo middle-order with his 3-17.

Lots of Junior Cricket over the next few days – keep your eyes peeled on the website or the Ovington Play-Cricket for results and reports!


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