As stated in our previous report, it wasn’t a good day for all three Ovington sides.
It started so well for the first team as they scored 243-6. The main contributors for the Ovington innings was the century of Craig Nicoll, who scored 101, including six 6’s. Nicoll and Barry Steel (45) put on 131 for the third wicket to leave Ovington in a strong position. It was then a solid 44* from Joe Whale that helped see Ovington to their final total.
Ovington’s early bowling was also accurate, and North Cave were soon 38-3, with Craig Nicoll taking two wickets. North Cave fought back somewhat but Ovington were then heavy favourites when North Cave lost further wickets due to three wickets apiece for Neil Metcalfe and Benji Busby, leaving North Cave needing almost 100 with just two wickets remaining. A J Clarke, who had come in at number 5, was in the form of his life and hit a fantastic 151*. When you look at the scorecard and see that #10 and #11 scored 0 and 10* respectively, you can see that he was a “man on a mission”. The last over saw more drama, with the scores tied with one ball remaining, the North Cave batsmen ran a single that was never really on, but managed to scramble home and seal an unlikely victory.
Ovington II won the toss and elected to bat on a nice looking track. Proceeding got off to a dubious start but Andy Cole (22) and 16 year old Dom Everard put on 60 for the second wicket to give Ovington a solid start. Everard batted superbly for a personal best of 39 and his good work was continued by ex-Scotland Rugby League International Jack Stearman who scored an aggressive 37, with the curious stat of 100% of his runs being scored through the leg-side. Jed Fowke also contributed well with 21 from 18 balls. Left armer T. Blacker, who bowled an exceptional line and length, was by far the pick of the Hirst bowlers with 3 for 19 off 10 overs. Ovington finished on 152 for 9 from 40 overs which seemed well under par considering the good pitch and fast outfield and it proved to be.
Hirst’s reply was all too easy as they reached their target within 27 overs with 8 wickets remaining but it could have been so different had Ovington held their chances. Phil Alford, dropped early on by Ovington skipper Sam Prangnell, scored a care-free 68 not out. He was well supported by Jake Wild (48), also dropped in single figures by spinner Sean Rayappu, as Hirst despatched all loose deliveries to the boundary and cantered to victory.
For the Third Team, there was a similar tale of defeat against Selby IV. Selby won the toss and batted first, scoring quite slowly early on. Some economic bowling from Hussain Ahmed and Josie Osborne saw Selby struggling to score at a high run-rate. Some accurate fielding from Kareem Baqai, whose shy at the stumps was a direct hit, led to the first wicket. Good fielding was a theme of the entire Ovington performance as there was a grand total of 0 dropped catches in the field, with Josie Osborne taking a spectacular (on the second attempt). Will Ellis and Charlie Buckley were also amongst the wickets. There was also an injury to a Selby batsmen after he edged the ball into his face off the bowling of Tim Burgess. He retired hurt and was taken to hospital. Some late hitting from Selby saw them to 147-6.
In response, all of Ovington’s first three batsmen got starts but couldn’t get past 21 individually, and they lost crucial wickets at crucial times. The key moment may have been the run out of Andrew Tomlinson, who had a runner at the time and this no doubt may have caused some confusion. There was some still hope of success when Charlie Buckley smashed a shot over mid-on to what looked like a certain boundary before N.Dye of Selby took a spectacular one-handed catch. Steve Puckering’s late salvo came too late and although Ovington passed 125 and therefore 3 batting points, they were not able to reach their target and fell 18 runs short.
Full reports of Junior matches taking place this week will be posted later on in the week, but there was good news to report from the Under 13’s this morning, who won their match against Pocklington convincingly.