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2 July

A Special OVCC Report

A special Old Vigornians Cricket Club (OVCC) report from OV Phil Mackie (Cl 73-83)

The Old Vigornians cricketers reached their first cup in three years but sadly finished runners-up to a very strong Stourbridge side at Kidderminster on Thursday night.

The Worcestershire League midweek knockout trophy is a Twenty 20 competition played between teams in Divisions 3 to 6 of the league. The competition was the hardest fought in recent years. The OVs had to beat Martley, Bromyard, Worcester and the Old Elizabethans to get there.

The club’s coloured-clothing team is known as the Tigers, as a nod to the old Tigers cricket teams at King’s Worcester and the OVs in the 1980s and 1990s.

Former King’s Worcester captain Ed Burgoyne (Cl 12-19) led the side. Along with James Bader (Os 84-94), he was the pick of the bowlers while his brother Will Burgoyne (K 10-17) and George Francis (Cr 11-18) were the stars with the bat throughout the competition

In the final they dismissed Stourbridge for 155 off the final ball of their innings. Oli Tsiquaye (Cr 13-20) and Max Richardson (W 14-19) each picked up three wickets, while Ed Burgoyne and Bader were the most economical bowlers. In reply, the OVs struggled to score against some Birmingham League standard bowlers, and were eventually all out for 109. Will Burgoyne and Francis again top scored.

Meanwhile the Tigers are top of their group in the Sunday Slam – the county’s new 100 ball competition – and are hoping to reach a final at the County ground in September.

The Evening League team has reached the final of the Dowdeswell Cup, and could yet reach the final of the main competition.

The First eleven has recovered from a slow start to the season and, led by Joe Sullivan (Ca 12-18) and Chris Drew (W 03-10), is on a winning streak in Division Three of the Worcestershire League, while in Division Six, the Second eleven is among a group of six teams battling it out for the two promotion spots.

There have been some notable individual performances so far this season. Ivan Campbell-Ferguson (W 10-17) picked up the best bowling figures for the club in a decade, taking 7-45 at Brockhampton for the Firsts in May. While Henry Armstrong’s (Br 11-18) 121, also for the Firsts, against Redditch in April, remains the best individual performance.

OVCC Report

The team photo shows:

Back row l-r:  Josh Moorhouse (Br 12-19) (scorer, 12th man), Oli Tsiquaye, Max Richardson, Ahsan Fiaz (brother of Osman and Arti)

Middle row l-r: George Francis, Will Burgoyne, Ed Burgoyne (captain), Chris Drew, Harry Annable (Br 10-17), George Hayward-Meek, Charlie Annable (Cl 78-88) (sponsor)

Kneeling l- r: Oli Berlet (W 13-20) (wicketkeeper) and James Bader.