Lucror vel perdo, nos vadum imbibo, says our motto: win lose, we shall drink. Ovinton CC
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Yorkshire may be synonymous with cricket, but the historic county town of York is generally better-known for its Vikings, railways and chocolate.  Yorkers - such as Judi Dench, John Barry and Guy Fawkes - are not famous for their yorkers (although Barry's father, John Xavier Prendergast, was a long-term president of the York Vale Cricket League).  On the city's Knavesmire, however, cricket has been played for more than 200 years, and this long tradition is continued by Ovington CC.

Brief club history 

Founded in the late 1920s, Ovington is a small, community-based club, taking its name from Ovington Terrace, where the South Bank Social Club is located.  Members of the SBSC formed Ovington, probably in 1928, although there are still some arguments going on about the date!  Regardless of this, Ovington players still go to the club after every game.  "Lucror vel perdo, nos vadum imbibo", says our motto: win lose, we shall drink.

In the early years, we played our games on the main Knavesmire, a flat, boggy tract of earth, forming part of one of the four Strays of York, or common land to be used "for the benefit and enjoyment of the citizens of York for all time."  This is now dominated by York racecourse, though, and in 1936 we relocated across the road to the Little Knavesmire.  Once there were numerous teams who played cricket on the Knavesmire; we are the sole survivors.

We play our cricket in the HPH York Vale Cricket League.  The first XI are curently in Division 1, and the second XI in Division 4; we also have a team in the Foss Evening League.  Our finest moment was winning the Myers & Burnell Cup in 1951, but the future is looking promising.  We have a very strong junior section, with over 100 players aged between 5 and 18, and under-9, under-11, under-13 and under-15 teams, and in 2011, our first XI of mostly young, home-grown players won Division 2 of the Vale League.

Cricket Shelter

Cricket Shelter

Make do and mend!  Doug Tune talks about Ovington's unusual 'recycled' cricket pavilion.

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It's important to know the game

It's important to know the game

Ovington 2nd team captain Sam Prangnell believes it's important for younger players to really get to know the game of cricket - beyond batting, bowling and fielding skills.

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Club Stalwarts: Alan Fletcher

Club Stalwarts: Alan Fletcher

Introducing the first of several Ovington CC stalwarts.  Alan Fletcher has been with the club since the late 1980s, he tells us how he first got involved and several club members tell us how important he is to the club.  We hear from Liam Herringshaw, Kevin Potter, Sam Prangnell, David Cole as well as the man himself.

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PITCH INVASION! (Part One)

PITCH INVASION! (Part One)

Ovington CC's ground is right next to York races.  On race days this can make playing a game of cricket rather...interesting!  First team captain David Cole tells us about playing on race days.

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