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15 April

OV Cricket is Back!

It has been wonderful to see a start to some OV activity over the last couple of weeks and we have been particularly excited to see sports matches and events starting again.

The 3rd of April saw the first in person match for the OV Cricket Club since the latest lockdown and President of the OV Cricket Club Phil Mackie (Cl 73-84) has kindly sent us this report:

“A blistering undefeated century from skipper Joe Sullivan (Ca 12-18) and a five wicket haul by debutant Ollie Tsiquaye (Cr 13-20) were the highlights of a comfortable win for the Old Vigornians against Kidderminster at Chester Rd.

“In what was the earliest ever start to their cricket season the Worcester side won the toss and chose to bat first. Sullivan and Henry Armstrong (S 11-18) added 110 for the second wicket before both retired to allow others a bat. But the middle order failed to capitalise on the good start, and wickets fell regularly as the batsmen tried to force the pace. The best innings was by Josh Richardson, who made an attractive 17 before he too was dismissed trying to attack. The Kidderminster spinners Jack Meese (3-48) and Will Udy (4-22) exerted excellent control as they reduced the old boys to 200-9, before Sullivan and Armstrong returned to the crease and added another 47.

“The OVs declared on 247-9 after 37 overs. Armstrong was undefeated on 39, and Sullivan on 113 – from 95 balls , including 13 fours and 5 sixes – one of which disappeared out of the ground and on to the adjacent railway track. Kidderminster made a decent start before young Joe Harrison was hit on the ankle and had to retire hurt. It precipitated a collapse during which Ed Burgoyne (Cl 12-19) picked up 3 wickets without conceding a run in three overs. Ian Smith launched a counter-attack, but he was well caught by Tsiquaye in the deep off Amelia Kite (Cr 12-19) for 52. Tsiquaye then removed the lower order to finish with figures of 5-39. Kidderminster skipper Jack Beadsworth was left stranded on 31 not out as Kidderminster were all out for 144, giving the OVs victory by 103 runs”

Well done to the OV Cricket Club on this victory and we are so pleased to see matches resumed. We are looking forward to a date when spectators can attend!