Metcalfe’s maidens continue unbeaten league run

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With the Racecourse hosting Busted on Saturday evening (to some mixed reviews), those looking for entertainment in York would have been better served taking the short trip over to the University of York sports ground, as Neil Metcalfe served up a masterclass in bowling versus Selby II. There was also success in the juniors, as well as a close game in midweek.

If anyone was around the South Bank area on Saturday, alongside thousands of concert/racegoers, they would see representatives of Ovington Cricket Club helping to raise money to help fund the cost of playing elsewhere on race days, alongside other projects connected with Ovington. Many thanks to all those who helped, counted and raised a great total towards the club. Once we receive the final total from the Juniors, we will publish this.

The First Team bowling attack this season has a terrific record, as summarised by secretary Liam Herringshaw.

What triggered this tweet was likely a brilliant all-round bowling performance from the first team on Saturday, not just with the one obvious stand-out headline candidate. Selby II were weakened and even with Selby III conceding against our Third Team, they still had at least two loan players in from Burn II and played with ten. With this in mind, batting first, Selby employed a rearguard action from the get-go, with Kurt Baird and Dominic Kitching unable to take a wicket but proved hard to score against. 25.4 overs were bowled before the first dismissal, with Graham Philips falling for 36 from 80 deliveries from Neil Metcalfe’s first over. At a score of 56-1, with around twenty overs remaining, the score, albeit a slow-run-rate, was perfectly respectable.

The introduction of Neil Metcalfe bowling alongside Benjamin Busby changed the tide and after Metcalfe took the wicket of Philips, the floodgates well and truly opened. Selby fell from 56-0 to 64 all out in a savage 12 over period. Busby’s figures of 3-28 from twelve overs with four maidens look expensive next to the statistics of Metcalfe, who did the remarkable achievement of not conceding a run in his 6.1 over spell. The figures of 6.1 overs, 6 maidens, 4 wickets for 0 runs are some going and is a notable achievement, even for someone who took 7-10 last season.

Another standout performance from Neil Metcalfe (pictured batting) as he did not concede a run in his 6.1 over spell last Saturday vs Selby II.

The Ovo batting took just 10.3 overs to knock the total posted by Selby, as Tom Cookson (39 not out from 30 balls) and Finn Baqai (26 not out from 24 balls) gave Ovington a ten wicket victory.

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There was a victory on Thursday for the Under 11’s soft-ball team as they beat Hemingbrough, in what is the first victory of that side in 2019. Congratulations!

Last Wednesday saw a dramatic finish in the Foss Evening League (Thanks to Tom Irwin for the report).

Ovington faced top of the league Kelfield, the opposition batted first and got off to a poor start with Tom Cookson running out Craig Lawson without him facing a ball. Kelfield recovered quickly with Phil Corfield and Sam Dunn before Dunn was removed by a spectacular where Ranjan Bhattacharya juggled the catch straight into the hands of Benji Busby. Kelfield were racing along until the introduction of spin slowed the run rate. Charlie Buckley and Luke Smith bowled well with Buckley taking the key wicket of Corfield (34, including 3 sixes) and finishing with figures of 4-0-10-2. Kelfield finished their innings on 123-7.

Ovington made a confident start to the chase with Stefan Littlewood and Tom Cookson enjoying a 77 run partnership before Littlewood fell for 28. A umpiring oversight diddled Cookson out of 2 vital runs by calling the end of an over before the ball was actually dead. Cookson reached 68 before being run out, his fourth evening league half century of the season. The final over left Ovington needing 11 with Finn Baqai and Joe Browning at the crease. Browning was run out on the first ball, placing Tom Irwin in the middle. The Kelfield field placement made it difficult to find the boundary. Needing 4 of the last ball, Ovington could only manage 2 meaning that Kelfield won by 1 run.

The Under 13’s were defeated on Sunday away at Heworth but there was some really decent individual performances. The home side batted first and scored 114-7 in their twenty overs. The highlight in terms of bowling figures came from Josh Blower 3-12, Ruban Pollack 1-13 and Joe Fowke 1-6. Ovington were behind the rate but Ashley Steel retired with 30 while James Edwards batted well for his 12, but it was in vain as they fell 49 short.

(Thanks to Liam Herringshaw for the report). Thixendale is a long way to go for no points, but Ovington managed it. On a glorious summer’s day, stand-in skipper Liam Herringshaw won the toss and chose to bat and, after an early wicket fell, Graham Walton (21) and Alex Dickinson (13) steadied the ship. 29-1 became 29-3, but Jack Walmsley then joined Walton to get the visitors to 49-3. Seven wickets then fell for 20, however, as Ovington capitulated to the bowling of Flather (5-29) and some sharp catching, and were all out for 69. The last three wickets fell in consecutive deliveries, across two overs.

In reply, Thixendale lost an early wicket as Jack Walmsley (1-26) bowled an excellent spell, but there were so few runs to play with that Ovington bowlers had a pretty thankless task. A few half-chances came and went, but Milburn (27) and Megginson (29) saw the home team to an easy win.

As previously mentioned, the Third Team were due to face Selby III, who conceded.

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