A bumper edition of the weekly roundup as plenty of success around the club over the past week or so, with a first senior century for Finn Baqai being the highlight on the last weekend of the season. There was other centuries across the teams in our Vale League sides last matches. For all the details and more, see below.
The First Team had their season closer against Cawood II, a week later than our Vale League sides. They knew that a win or even a winning draw would secure them the Division 4 title, with just one defeat all season in league action. Ovo won the toss and did the aggressive move of batting first. It was a splendid decision as the formidable opening partnership of Finn Baqai and Tom Cookson caused some serious damage. The duo put on 186 for the first wicket as it took 29.3 overs for Cawood to make a dent in the wickets column, eventually Cookson falling for 90 from 91 deliveries. 15 year old Baqai remained at the crease though and secured his century a few overs later, his first in Ovington colours and in senior cricket. He was accompanied at the time by Joe Whale who cut loose, his innings coming to an end having scored 67 from just 45 balls. Baqai himself eventually was dismissed for a fine 117, leading to a final total of 313-7 from the full 45 overs. Jack Scott’s 3-94 was the pick of the Cawood attack.
Cawood lost a wicket after just three balls with Dom Kitching making an almost instant impact. The next wicket took a little longer to get, as Ed Akers, who almost signed for Ovington over the summer, and Jack Scott, stood firm for the next few overs. Kitching then took two wickets in two balls to leave Cawood at 19-3. Wickets continued to fall as Kitching ended his eight over spell with figures of 4-28. Dismissals elsewhere were spread across the bowlers, as Neil Metcalfe showed his quality with figures of 3-6, and after taking two wickets in two balls, his hat-trick delivery to close the game, agonisingly went through for a boundary. After a frustrating ten overs, the game was finally rounded off by skipper Busby, who bowled an absolutely horrid delivery to get the tenth wicket – as Ovington were victorious by a 232 run margin.
The win secured the Division 4 title of the York & District Senior League, with just one league defeat all season, under new captain Benjamin Busby. Promotion came at the second time of asking, subsequent to the 2017 Vale League Championship win. The gulf in quality between some of the teams in this division are obvious , but next season will undoubtedly see some much more competitive matches, and it can only be a positive thing for club & team development.
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The Third Team pulled off what seemed an unlikely finishing position in the Third Division of the Vale League. After a handful of games, wins were hard to come by and they were languishing towards the foot of the table. Through the good captaincy of Luke Smith, some useful signings and confidence through a great cup-run, a huge turnaround in form meant a third placed finish in Div 3. This could plausibly lead to promotion, given title-winners Thorpe Willoughby II can’t really go up given their First Team finished mid-table. We will have to wait and see.
Last Sunday saw Bolton Percy win the toss, batting first and reached a respectable total of 232. Extras top scored with 62 but closely followed by J. Hodge with 61. J. Rigby retired on 53 and K. Parmar batted 39.5 overs before being runout for 48. Uwin Waidyarante 4-36 & Jack Wilson 3-28 the pick of the Ovo bowling. It didn’t start well for the home side as opener D. Carass got a duck but a fine partnership of 121 runs between the returning Matt Dwyer (122no) and Uwin Waidyaratne’s 47 saw Ovington in a commanding position. No other Ovington batsman got into double figures apart from Extras who batted well with 55. Dwyer saw Ovington across the line in the 38th over (report from Luke Smith).
The Second Team had the chance to spoil Clifton Alliance’s title hopes last Sunday as well, with safety from relegation already well secured. They were always under pressure though from the league leaders. Plenty of talking points and rare forms of dismissals were in show on the final day of the season, as Clifton got home for just the loss of two wickets. Thomas Irwin, Jimmy Taylor and Jack Walmsley were three of the Ovo batsman to reach the 20 or more. Full scorecard can be seen > https://ovington.play-cricket.com/website/results/4008578