Successful weekend for Ovington

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It was an almost perfect weekend for Ovington in general as all four fully completed matches went the way of Ovington, including a “surprise” win for the Third Team against higher-ranked opposition. The club also raised a magnificent £4678.21 in the Raceday collection.

Many thanks to Liam Herringshaw for the Second team reports.

Saturday

  • Fulfordgate 156-8
  • Ovington: 157-4
  • Ovington win by six wickets

The First Team, who had their HPH Cup Final rescheduled early due to the weather, ran out easy winners against Fulfordgate. Fulfordgate batted first and reached a respectable total of 156-8 in a game where potentially Ovington expected to blow away the Fulfordgate batting. Ovo bowlers Ali Souch (3-19) and Barry Steel (3-39) the pick of the Ovington bowling attack. With the weather potentially closing in, Ovington decided to go onto the offensive and it was Craig Nicoll, who scored a York Vale record score last week of 248*, set about the total. His 96, including 11 boundaries and 5 sixes, got the majority of the job done with a minimum of fuss in around 10 overs. Tom Ashby scored a more defensive 34 to get Ovington home for the loss of four wickets.

As previously mentioned, the HPH Cup Final has been provisionally rescheduled for the 16th August.

  • Ovington II 204-9
  • Clifton Alliance 172-8
  • Ovington II win by 32 runs

Prangnell, Prangnell, Prangnell. Has there ever been a more influential captain of Ovington 2nd XI? Clifton Alliance were 120-1, cruising towards his side’s total of 204-9, when Prangnell brought himself on to bowl. Serving up one of his legendary wide, double-bouncing, buffet balls to well-set batsman Owen Marshall (63), Prangnell lured him from the crease, and Stefan Littlewood quickly had Marshall stumped. Job done, Prangnell retreated to the boundary, and let Dom Everard (3-37) and Iain Kirkup (3-27) skittle the Clifton lower order. Ovington won by 32 runs.

Ovington’s total of 204-9 was built off the back of Liam Herringshaw’s free-flowing 31 – before he was bizarrely run out off a beamer no-ball – and Will Osborne’s excellent 40. Five other Ovington batsman scored at least 15, and 33 extras from some wayward Clifton bowling bolstered the score. J. Kilvington was the pick of the visitors’ bowlers, finishing with 4-45. In the end though, it wasn’t enough to counter the mighty magic of Prangnell.

  • Ovington III – 251-5
  • Malton & Old Malton IV – 71
  • Ovington III win by 180 runs

It was a convincing victory over Malton on Saturday for the Third Team and Ovo Thirds continued their better recent performances with the bat. Without Matthew Besford in the side, runs instead came from the opening partnership of Kareem Baqai (70) and Andrew Tomlinson (55). The highlight of the innings quite possibly was 50* from just 45 balls for 13 year old Tim Burgess, who made his first senior half-century. That put an impressive total on the board and it was the father/son pairing of Dick and Charlie Buckley that did the damage with the ball, picking up figures of 3-13 and 3-18 respectively. This restricted Malton to just 71 and led to an 180 run victory.

Sunday

  • Ovington III – 124
  • Hemingbrough – 123
  • Ovington III win by 1 run

In a match played over 30 overs, Ovington batted first on a wet track. Matthew Besford hit 45 and Kareem Baqai hit 21 early on to get Ovington off to a good start, but were struggling at around 80-8 when a late salvo from Charlie Buckley of 22 saw Ovington reach a total of 124 from their 30 overs. Conditions continued to be a hindrance to the batsmen but Ovington made best use of the conditions, with Brandon Bishop 3-37 meaning that Hemingbrough required seven runs from the last over. With one ball to go, Hemingbrough needed one to tie (which would have won them the game on less wickets lost) but their batsmen were run-out attempting the single and Ovington III became Scothern Construction Cup finalists for the first time. They’ll play either Wheldrake or Bishopthorpe, provisionally scheduled for the 16th August.

  • Heworth II 168 all out
  • Ovington II did not bat
  • Match Abandoned

Ignoring the Met Office promise of heavy rain all afternoon, Ovington II and Heworth II decided to give their Prendergast Cup game a go, and – even more optimistically – stick with the 40-over format. It actually wasn’t raining when play got underway on the Knavesmire, the visitors having chosen to have a bat. Two wickets fell almost immediately – one from a brilliant direct hit run-out by Tom Armes, the other bowled by Dom Everard – but as the rain came down, Heworth opener Tom Matthewson (68) held the innings together. There were some interesting misfields by the Ovington team, but wickets kept falling along with the rain, Harry Buckley and Ralph Sinclair claiming three apiece. Heworth were finally dismissed for 168 (or possibly 172), in the 35th over, but after tea, it was agreed that the persistent heavy rain made trying to continue the match pointless. Saturated Ovington stalwart Andy Cole described the afternoon as ‘one of the best of my cricketing career.’ It is likely he was being sarcastic.

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