It looked unlikely on Friday evening but all senior games took place this weekend.
For the Second Team, after some truly excellent work by the ground staff to get the game on, Ovington lost the toss and were put into bat by South Cave on a predictably green and wet track. Ovington started well with opener Liam Herringshaw scoring an impressive 51, his first ever half century in 32 years of senior cricket. 16 year old Tom Armes followed Herringshaw’s example, hitting a superb 51 from just 41 balls. Ovington had several decent partnerships throughout the innings and eventually finished on a healthy total of 203. For South Cave, the pick of the bowlers was James Petit, who’s mystery spin bamboozled several of Ovington’s lower order, gaining 4 for 41.
South Cave’s reply was blown away firstly by Chilean ex-pat George Payne, visiting from South America and playing his first game in two years, who bowled Cave skipper Olly Pierce with his second ball and had Petit caught in his second over. Hussain Ahmed then dominated Cave’s batsmen, bowling quickly and accurately, to claim outstanding figures of 6 for 29. Cave’s reply never got going and they were all out for 83.
The Third Team, who are yet to win this season, faced off against Tadcaster Magnets. Ovington, winning the toss and bowling first, will rue missed chances. One of the Tadcaster openers was only on single figures when he was dropped, a particularly easy chance. He went on to score a century and although dropped again when close to the three figures, that was possibly the crucial point of the game. Ovington gave away other chances but the damage was done. Jed Fowke, bowled very accurately in both spells and picked up all three of Ovington’s wickets. Tadcaster ended on 212-3 from 40 overs.
In response, the batting of Tin Burgess caught the eye, only getting 19 but opened the batting and saw off some very accurate early bowling. Jed Fowke had 14 on the scoresheet and looked comfortably before receiving a half-tracker which barely reached shin height and was bowled. Mainly through some useful batting by the aforementioned Burgess, Ovington navigated to 56-2 in 19 overs before Josh Fletcher was out for 8 off 23 balls. A batting collapse ensued and Ovington were 71-8. It was then up to an inspired partnership between Father & Son pairing Dick and Charlie Buckley to navigate Ovington to two batting points. Charlie, even though batting with an injured back that stopped him bowling, scored 20 whilst Dick scored 17, which included an enormous six into the Tadcaster Bowls Club. The duo put on 44. Some late hitting saw Ovington all out for 119.
It was a bad day for the First Team, who lost to Social Media rivals Bishopthorpe by 9 wickets. Ovington only managed 106, with Bishopthorpe knocking off the total for the loss of 1 wicket