Ovington CC round-up: 4th June

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A full week of action for Ovington’s sides this week, with mixed results at all age-groups.

Next Week’s Fixtures

  • Ovington I: North Cave (H)
  • Ovington II: Hirst Courtney (A)
  • Ovington III: Selby IV (H): Millthorpe School
  • Ovington Foss Evening League: Melbourne (A)
  • Ovington U15: Dunnington (H) (Monday)
  • Ovington U13: Pocklington (H) (Sunday)
  • Ovington U11 Hard Ball: Acomb ‘A’ (H) (tbc)
  • Ovington U11 Incrediball: Civil Service (H)
  • Ovington U9 “A”: Clifton Alliance (H)
  • Ovington U9 “B”: Civil Service (A) (Tuesday at Heslington)
  • Ovington U9 “C”: Drax (H) (tbc)

Last Week’s Reports

Ovington I were easy-winners against Burn at the weekend, with the bowling attack taking centre stage even though they had a depleted line-up. Benji Busby’s 4-22 and Neil Metcalfe’s 3-65 put Ovington in a strong position, although Burn could have been out for less if it wasn’t for John Webster and Adrian Huetson, who got Burn to 137. Ovington only lost one wicket in their run-chase, with Tom Ashby (73*) and Pete Kelly (52*) doing most of the work in a 127 run partnership.

The Second Team, playing at Millthorpe School due to the races, lost the toss and were asked to bat on a green-ish looking track. Things got off to a fiery start as Hussain Ahmed hit three of his first eight balls faced for six before J. Smith hit him in the head with a rapid bouncer to calm things down a little. Ahmed then survived several chances before finally being caught for 49 off 46 balls, which included 2 fours & 5 sixes. Ovington’s middle order continued to be aggressive, 16 year old Will Osbourne scoring a classy 45, ex-Scotland Rugby League International Jack Stearman smashing an unorthodox 36 and 16 year old Harold Buckley a rapid 40. For Westow, David Coverdale recovered from an inaccurate start to get decent figures of 4 – 46.

Westow’s reply was build around an impressive opening stand of 158 between Mark Earle & M. Shipley. All loose deliveries were despatched to all parts of the ground and runs flowed with ease. The partnership was broken by part-time leg spinner Stearman who got Shipley (85) with an almost unplayable delivery but Earle, dropped shortly after scoring 50, carried accumulating before being bowled with only 8 runs to get. Westow reached the target with two overs remaining to complete an superb run chase.
Ovington III had the tough task of a trip to Thixendale, a side who were yet to lose this season after their three-division “relegation” after resigning from the league last year. Ovington, asked to field, were on top after 20 overs managing to keep Thixendale to 56-2. Brandon Bishop and Jed Fowke with some economic bowling . The next 20 overs were much tougher, with dropped catches in the field putting Ovington under pressure and a century for Simon Walgate, who got there on the last ball, gave Thixendale a total of 224-3. Brandon Bishop picked up two wickets.
Ovington only reached 102, but it was a good effort to do so with only three batsmen reaching double figures. Kareem Baqai top-scored with 18, while Josh Fletcher (16) and Chris Geelan put on about 30, creeping Ovington towards 75 and a batting point. Brandon Bishop scored a career-best 12 not out with Will Ellis and Dick Buckley getting Ovington over the line for another batting point.
Under 11’s Hard Ball side were victors against Malton & Old Malton with a spirited performance. Ovington batting first, scored 274. The key to the performance was the distinct lack of wickets conceded, with a loss of 2 wickets a real achievement. In response, Finn Baqai got a wicket with his first ball and Ovington took their catches in the field. Although there was some erratic fielding towards the end of the game, Ovington were in an unassailable lead and ran out winners by about 17 runs. The hard-ball team have a cup game on Friday (5th) against Clifton Alliance.
The Under 11’s Incrediball team were defeated by Wheldrake but showed really good spirit in the defeat. Fielding a team of three Under 9’s and three girls, Ovington took six catches in the field and played the game in the right way.
Under 9’s “A” were also winners on Thursday, beating Sheriff Hutton Bridge. There was a close finish and the match could have gone either way, but Ovington ran out successful. The U9’s “B” team were beaten by Bolton Percy Boys. A slightly improved performance, Phoebe Ellis and Alex How were the most accomplished players for Ovington. The U9 “C” team were beaten by North Duffield.
Ovington Under 15’s were rained off. The Foss Evening League team were beaten by Bishopthorpe. At the time of writing, I’m currently unaware of the score for the Under 13’s.
In other news, the Fantasy Cricket league continues and Neil Metcalfe is currently the league leader. See the table below. Look out for more news too regarding the Funday, as we will have an announcement in the coming days to the date and format of the Open Day.
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