The season is in full flow and it was cup action for the senior sides last weekend, while there was more drama for the Under 15’s in their hunt for a first victory of the 2015 season.
It looked quite ominous for the First Team in their HPH Cup quarter-final clash with Burn. On a day where there was plenty of rain around and with the game reduced to 32 overs, batting first, Ovington lost early wickets and were in the perilous position of 37-5. Craig Nicoll however, top-scored with 76 to put Ovington in a stronger position and was ably supported by Steve Tremayne (45) and by captain David Cole (49*) to put them on a good-looking total of 221-7 from the 32 overs. Burn got relatively close to the total in terms of runs, ending up on a final score of 182. Barry Steel’s economical spell of bowling, seeing 22 off eight overs, undoubtedly helped and Ovington go on to the semi-finals, with a home-tie on the Sunday 12th July against Westow their reward.
The Second Team had their Cup clash on Saturday against Stockton & Hopgrove Seconds. They arrived at a wet mire with only nine men and Ovington won the toss, choosing to bowl first. Play started in light drizzle but as Gay Pride was taking place on Knavesmire, a pop music soundtrack improved the atmosphere. Ovington also loaned Stockton two of our juniors to make their side up to a full eleven.
Ovington’s opening bowlers Dom Everard and Chilean Ex-Pat Geoffrey Payne bowled a tight spell to put Stockton under early pressure with Everard bowling there wicket maidens in a row, eventually finishing with figures of 4-17. Pete Fairclough showed some resistance, making 24 before being brilliantly stumped off pace bowler Joe Bateson by Ovington keeper Stefan Littlewood. Stockton were able to get to 50 before Scottish international Rugby League star Jack Stearman bowled 3 maidens in a row and took two wickets along the way, finishing with remarkable figures of 2-0. A late flurry by Nigel Collinson (24) allowed Stockton to reach 76 before they were eventually all out.
Ovington opener Stefan Littlewood came out swinging making a rapid 28 before being bowled by A Gordon. Birthday boy Andy Cole held Ovington’s innings together making 25 not out and Ovington were able to reach their target in just 11 overs. Ovington now play Heworth II at home on Sunday 26th July for a place in the Prendergast Memorial Final for the second successive year.
The Third Team, who were due to play the other lowest ranked team in the shape of Yapham II, advanced through to the last eight of the Scothern Construction Cup via Yapham II being unable to raise a team. They now have the long trip to Thixendale on the 12th July for a place in the semi-finals. They still remain without a win from a completed match in 2015.
On the junior front, it was a remarkable game for the Under 15’s, who played Bolton Percy on a bitterly cold evening on Monday, in a game reduced to 18 overs a side. Batting first, Ovington scored 99, with captain Ralph Sinclair scoring 50. Sinclair was the main contributor to the total, alongside extras and 99 looked a few runs short as a target. In response, Bolton Percy lost wickets but were well up with the run-rate for the first ten overs. The game looked like Ovington’s to lose however, when Bolton Percy were 25 runs short with just one wicket remaining. Gradually, the last pairing knocked off the runs and Bolton Percy were now looking like favourites. With just one ball remaining, they required two to win. They only managed a quick single and both teams settled on a tie. It was Ovington’s second tie in two games.
The Under 13’s – unfortunately had to concede their game on Sunday due to a lack of players. However, they played North Duffield in the Plate Cup competition and were easy winners. Playing only 15 overs a side, Ovington scored 112, with North Duffield only scoring 32 in reply.
Under 11’s Hard-Ball team play two matches this week, with their Cup game against Pocklington occurring tomorrow. Tonight however, they beat Heworth. More details on scores for this one when we get them. The incrediball side didn’t have a game.
The Under 9’s “C” team were in action tonight and were winners against York “B” in an emphatic victory. Ovington scored 312 with just the loss of one wicket. York “B” on the other hand, scored 256, losing eight wickets. The Under 9’s “C” team also play again on Friday. The Under 9’s “B” lost against Yapham. Ovington’s total was 261 after losing eight wickets and Yapham’s total was 306 after losing two wickets. The Under 9’s “A” team had a free week.
The Foss Evening League team were also in action, at home against Bubwith. Ovington fell around 26 runs short in their chase of the Bubwith total. Pete Kelly scoring a half-century. Among the wickets in the Ovington bowling attack was Craig Nicoll and Charlie Buckley.
A full round-up of what’s going on in terms of fixtures will be posted tomorrow. In senior news, the First Team are now AWAY at Kelfield, while the Third Team will play Yapham at home on the Little Knavesmire.