Very little in the way of Junior sides in action this week, but the Senior sides were in the Cup and had a mixed time of things.
This Week’s Fixtures
- Ovington I: Burn (A)
- Ovington II: Westow (H) – 13:30 MILLTHORPE SCHOOL
- Ovington III – Thixendale (A)
- Ovington Foss Evening League: Bishopthorpe (H)
- Ovington U15: Acomb (A) – Monday
- Ovington U13: York “A” (A)
- Ovington U11 Hard-Ball: Malton & Old Malton (H) & Clifton Alliance (H) (dates/venues tbc)
- Ovington U11 Soft-Ball: Wheldrake (A) – Thursday
- Ovington U9 “A” – Sheriff Hutton Bridge (H) – date tbc
- Ovington U9 “B” – Bolton Percy (A) – date tbc
- Ovington U9 “C” – North Duffield (H) – Tuesday
The Under 11’s hard-ball side have matches on Thursday and Friday due to the Cup competition. We’ll confirm which opposition and the venue shortly.
Last weeks reports
The First Team faced North Duffield away for the second time in a week and were again successful, moving on to the next round of the HPH Cup. Ovington racked up a huge total of 270-5, but the innings wasn’t without controversy. Tom Cookson was given out “Obstructing the Field” for 25 and by all accounts, the dismissal for this reason was justified. It wasn’t to put Ovington off their stride, as Pete Kelly (92), Barry Steel (64) and Joe Whale (33) were the main contributors. In defence of their total, Dom Kitching again showed himself to be in decent form, picking up 4-49 and North Duffield fell 97 runs short of the target.
For the Second Team, it wasn’t a day to be a bowler on the Knavesmire as Yapham and Ovington II racked up 527 runs in 80 overs for the loss of 12 wickets. Amazingly though, only two batsmen scored more than 35: Yapham’s opener M. Fairey, who clubbed 93, and their no. 3, C. Brewer, who batted beautifully for his 141. It might have been a different story as Ovington skipper Sam Prangnell dropped Brewer just after he’d reached his 50, but it was a fine knock, and Yapham went on to post 292-5. Harry Buckley bowled very well for his 2-28, whilst Joe Bateson picked up 3-72. The self-styled “most successful captain in Ovington History”, Sam Prangnell, solitary over went for a miserly 21 runs.
In reply, every one of Ovington’s top 7 scored between 24 and 35, but none could push on for the big innings that was required. Stefan Littlewood (34) and Hussain Ahmed (35) clubbed a brisk opening partnership of 51, whilst Tony Pinsent (29) and Iain Kirkup (a fine 35* off just 27 balls) put on 52 for the 6th wicket. The home side fell 57 runs short though, totalling 235-7. Ovington now move to the Plate competition, a cup they were runners-up in last year
The Third Team, given a Bye for their cup, now move on to the next round. It is disappointing that the tournament format allowed Bye’s to be given, especially with the amount of conceded games in the league. Alongside the fact that if, the Thirds are eliminated in the next round, they would have had no opportunity to play in the Plate competition, a much more realistic trophy for the Thirds to play in and compete seriously in.
The only other Ovington team to have a match this week was the Under 15’s. They haven’t started the season in particular form and they continued that, with an 88 run defeat at home to Heworth. The visitors batting first, put up a decent total of 138. Ovington’s bowling struggled to make much inroads, with Heworth only losing two wickets. Finn Coughlan and Will Ellis the Ovington bowlers picking up dismissals. In response, Ovington only reached 48. Charlie Buckley top-scored with 20.