A roundup of what happened at Ovington in the last week and also what fixtures are upcoming for the next week.
Next week’s fixtures
- Ovington I: North Duffield (A)
- Ovington II: Yapham (H)
- Ovington III: No game (Bye in the Cup)
- Ovington Foss Evening League: Yapham (H)
- Ovington U15: Heworth (H) – 18:00 Start
- Ovington U13: No Game
- Ovington U11 Hard-Ball: No Game
- Ovington U11 Soft-Ball: No Game
- Ovington U9 “A”, “B” and “C”: No games
Last week’s reports
For the First Team, first-change bowler Neil Metcalfe claimed 4-39 as Duffield were restricted to 135-7 after opting to bat. Progress was slow from the off for Duffield with Paul Johnson (19) and Trevor Britain (29) taking 23 overs for an opening partnership of 56 as Ovington’s bowlers kept it tight. David Buckley tried to pick up the pace with four boundaries and a six in his cameo 27 but the Duffield total was below-par. In contrast, a straight six in his first over by Joe Whale announced Ovington’s intentions. He went on to score 52 in just 37 balls and Ovington finished the job in the 20th over with Tom Ashby on 51no and Pete Kelly finishing the game with two successive sixes.
Asked to bat first, Ovington II accumulated slowly but steadily, with openers Liam Herringshaw (27) and Ben Morrison (22) taking the score to 44, before Morrison was bowled trying and failing to sweep Mark Cass’s first ball, as pictured here by a visiting photographer: http://www.gerrydarling.com/uploads/3/1/4/2/31423209/5028233_orig.jpg. It took a quickfire 37 not out from Hussain Ahmed, supported solidly by Andy Cole (25) to get the home side to 153-5
In reply, Wheldrake were soon flying along, as Anthony Carter hit 14 off Dominic Everard’s opening over. However, Ahmed was again the Ovington hero, bowling Carter middle stump (as also captured by the photographer: http://www.gerrydarling.com/uploads/3/1/4/2/31423209/1650408_orig.jpg). Martin Lambert was then caught excellently by Harold Buckley at point off Everard. Nick Myers (26) led the Wheldrake revival, and at 79-2 they were in command again. However, Ahmed’s fast, accurate approach saw him dismiss Myers, Stables, and Nicholson to finish with 4-21. Iain Kirkup came on with some left-arm spin, and picked up 3-13 in 9 excellent overs, whilst Everard recovered from his expensive start to claim 3-36. Wheldrake were all out for 102.
Ovington III were undone by some poor batting, accurate bowling and an unpredictable playing surface against a TABS side who remain unbeaten in 2015. Asked to bat first, Ovington lost wickets early and were three wickets down and still in single figures. Ovington continued to lose wickets, but the one shining light in the Ovington innings was the performance of Tony Pinsent, who scored 46 on only his second game back in twenty years. It wasn’t enough though, to get Ovington a batting point as they were all-out for 73. It perhaps showed how difficult a batting surface it was that it took TABS almost 30 overs to reach the total for the loss of 4 wickets. Wickets came from Tim Burgess, Jed Fowke, Brandon Bishop and Kareem Baqai.
The Under 15’s, batting first, set a respectable total of 84 against Clifton Alliance. After losing an early wicket, opener Ralph Sinclair retired on 50 with a fine batting performance, hitting seven fours and made the vast majority of Ovington’s total, with extras totalling 11. The hosts would have hoped to have made early in-roads into the Clifton Alliance batting line-up, but were unable to break the opening partnership of Clifton Alliance. The visitors reached their target in just 12.2 overs and without losing a wicket, with H.Bradley retiring on the last ball with a boundary.
The Under 13’s were beaten by Sheriff Hutton Bridge last Sunday. Batting first, Ovington were in real trouble at 4-4. They recovered though, Finn Baqai retiring on 30 and was ably supported by Jacob Lamb, the pair putting on over 50. They ended the innings on 63. This though, wasn’t enough and Sheriff Hutton Bridge knocked off the target for just the loss of one wicket.
Under 11’s Hard-Ball team were down to play Sheriff Hutton Bridge (if anyone knows the result, please get in touch!). The Under 11’s Soft-Ball team suffered because of a loss of eight wickets, and were beaten by Drax by around 50 runs.
The Under 9’s “A” , we believe they didn’t play. The Under 9s “B” lost by 40 runs to Clifton Alliance. An inexperienced side put in a much better performance than in their last match against Acomb and definite encouragement was shown. The Under 9’s “C” lost to Pocklington.
The Foss Evening League side – conceded their match. Very disappointing.