The start of the senior season at Ovington saw two matches which were cut short with the weather, alongside a defeat of the seconds in a match that was seen through to its conclusion. The Under 15’s and 13’s also got their seasons underway.
The second team, who played their first match in Division 2 of the York Vale League since promotion last season, fielded a young team with six players Under 16 and were beaten by an experienced Stillingfleet side in the only senior match to be fully completed.
Ovington were asked to bat first on a two-paced track and a slow outfield. Liam Herringshaw and Andy Cole put on a steady 51 in 18 overs. Herringshaw utilised all of the edges of his bat to good effect and Cole unsettling the pacey P. Johnson with some nifty footwork and wild swipes at thin air. Once Herringshaw fell for 28, a collapse ensued to 100 all out, at one stage losing five wickets for four runs. Dom Everard, on second team debut, helped Ovington rebuild at various stages with 15 not out to push Ovington to some respectability. C. Woodfine destroyed the youthful Ovington middle and lower order with some tidy bowling and final figures of 7 for 19 were well deserved.
The highlight of the Ovington innings was the comical run out of Jed Fowke who fell over, dropped his bat, ran into team mate Harry Buckley, fell over again and, despite a spirited dive, was run out by a short nose without facing a ball.
Ovington bowled very well, with economical bowling from Josie Osborne and two wickets for Joe Bateson, but the target of 100 was never going to be enough and Stillingfleet reached their target with five wickets in hand and ten overs remaining.
The Under 13’s were also lucky enough to avoid the bad weather that Saturday brought along, playing in glorious conditions at home on Sunday morning but with a depleted side due to the St.Georges Day parade, were defeated by a strong-looking Dunnington side. The visitors, batting first, had two players retire for 30 before a wicket fell, being 70-0 after 8 overs. Ovington made some in-roads towards the end of the Dunnington innings, the visitors managing to reach 120 and encouragement could definitely be sought by how Ovington bowled at the death, especially only having ten fielders.
120 was always going to be a formidable target though with a depleted team and Ovington were in serious danger of a low score when they were down to 4-4 after 4 overs. The middle-order recovered though, and a final total of 63 brought some respectability to the final score. A respectable showing against a strong Dunnington team bodes well for the season ahead, and there will be other days for this team this year.
Our Under 15’s side had the trip to Malton & Old Malton to contend with and went there with a depleted team after some late call-offs. Batting first, they scored 97-5 in their allotted overs, with openers Ralph Sinclair (43) and Tim Burgess (18) the only two batsmen to reach double figures. In response, Malton & Old Malton easily reached their target total, reaching 98 with just the loss of three wickets. Ralph Sinclair, opening the bowling, took 2-24 of his four overs. William Ellis was also among the wickets.
Both the First Team and the Third Team were badly affected by the weather, with matches abandoned. Both teams would have arguably been favourites at the time where rain stopped play. The first team amassed 300-6 from their 40 overs, with Pete Kelly scoring a century, assisted by Joe Whale and Tom Cookson. A target of 301 on the Little Knavesmire was always going to be a formidable target, especially in poor conditions, and it was quite amazing that play continued. Despite this, Melbourne raced to 139-2 before rain-stopped play. It would have been an interesting run-chase had the match continued.
The Third Team, unsurprisingly given their vicinity to the Little Knavesmire, had the same weather and the result of rain stopping play was the same, albeit the visitors didn’t even make it out to bat in the second innings. Facing a Thorpe Willoughby II side who they did the double over last year, Ovington scored 179-7 from their 40 overs, the last ten which were played in wet conditions. Tom Armes top-scored with 45, but there was contributions from Kareem Baqai (35), débutante Tony Pinsent (32) and Josh Fletcher (26). There was also an encouraging senior team début from 13 year old Tim Burgess (10*). The rain did not relent and the match was abandoned after tea.