It was a weekend to remember for Ovington CC as for almost certainly the first time in the club’s 87 year history, the senior section racked up five weekends wins amongst them.
The First Team were at their best with the bat on a rock-hard Melbourne wicket, amassing an enormous total of 311-6. No one player got to three figures, but the top-score came from Neil Metcalfe (94*), with Pete Kelly and Joe Whale both amongst those to reach their half-century. A total like that was always going to be a tough ask for Melbourne and they fell around 120 runs short for the loss of seven wickets. The game also ended with some controversy, as Melbourne batsmen Ollie Steels reached his century in the last over, even though he looked like he had been run out to reach the three figures. It didn’t matter though and Ovington were victorious.
The First Team also had to follow up on the Sunday where they were against second division Westow. The visitors were struggling for a full strength team and Westow, batting first, could only manage 163-9. Westow key batsmen Mark Earle, who regularly plays for the York Vale Representative team, was top scorer with 78. Dominic Kitching continued his good form with the ball securing figures of 4-36. With the batting capabilities of Ovington on full show yesterday, that figure looked on the skinny side and they reached the target with the loss of three wickets. Craig Nicoll was top scorer with 67.
The Third Team, who have only one win in the league to their name in 2015, managed to double that figure on Saturday with a comprehensive victory over Thorpe Willougby II. Batting first, Ovington scored 245. Matthew Besford again scored a century, hitting 116 and was helped along by Jon Souch (30). Jed Fowke also scored 27 with Andrew Tomlinson (20) and there was plenty of smaller totals into double figures that helped Ovington along. In response, it was the trio of Tim Burgess, Charlie Buckley and Matthew Besford that did the damage. Charlie Buckley had figures of 4-24 from his ten overs, Burgess had three stumpings and and two catches and Besford ended up on figures of 4-10. Thorpe Willoughby only managed 111 all out in total, with a rain shower arriving not long after the end of play.
Having reached the quarter-final stages of the Scothern Construction Cup without playing a game, Ovington Thirds faced an uphill task on paper against Thixendale, who are yet to lose all season and thrashed Ovington when they met earlier in the season. Ovington’s task was made more difficult with in-form batsmen Matthew Besford, facing his ex-junior side, only scoring 1, after Kareem Baqai had got Ovington off to a good start with a decent score of 27. The middle order all reached double figures, with Tim Burgess (16) catching the eye with some superb pull shots, but it wasn’t until the Buckley father and son pairing of Charlie and Dick that Ovington got a solid score on the board. They put on 48 for the 8th wicket partnership, with Charlie ending on a season best of 32*. This left Ovington on a defendable total of 169-7. Thixendale, who had plenty of top-order batting, were 110-2 off just over 20 overs and in a strong looking position. Jed Fowke’s 2-16 doesn’t look the best in the book but his two wickets were of the opener Geoff Room (32) and their dangerous #3 batsmen, who scored 41, including an enormous six that halted play for 10+ minutes in order to find the lost ball. These wickets led to the collapse of the middle order. Dick Buckley ended up with figures of 4-12, including the important wicket of Jonty Gillingham (28). Thixendale’s lower order couldn’t get them home, ending up 21 runs short.
For the second week in a row, 14 year-old Ralph Sinclair led Ovington II to victory. After his 91 against Hemingbrough last Saturday, Sinclair took 5-18 – all bowled – and then hit 51 as the home team beat Stillingfleet by 6 wickets at Millthorpe School. Put into bat, the visitors started well, with Ovington’s young bowlers being rather wayward. R. Murray scored 35 and P. Johnson 25 as Stillingfleet reached 88 for 2, and then 131 for 5. However, Sinclair came back for a second spell and blew away the lower order, including a triple-wicket maiden. Chris Woodfine was stranded not out as his team were dismissed for 139.
In reply, experimental opener Joe Bateson was out very early on, as P. Johnson found swing and bounce to cause plenty of difficulties for the Ovington batsmen. Having ridden that early storm, though, Liam Herringshaw (30) and Sinclair (51) put on 63 for the 2nd wicket before Herringshaw ran himself out.Will Osborne (22) played some fine shots and Sinclair reached his half-century, taking the score to 111, and though both were dismissed in quick succession by R. Beilby, Tom Armes’ quick-fire 17* – including a 6 so big that residents of Bishopthorpe had to fetch out their tin hats – saw Ovington II to victory.
A great weekend for Ovington’s sides and this means that all three sides are through to Cup Semi-Finals.
The First Team will play Bishopthorpe in the HPH Cup final on the 26th July at Acomb Cricket Club.
The Seconds will play Heworth II at home on the same date, with the Thirds yet to have their tie drawn.