With all the good vibes at Ovington CC, both on the field and off it, there was bound to be a weekend where things don’t quite go as planned, the performances this weekend bringing Ovington’s sides back down to earth with a bump.
- Ovington: 120
- North Duffield: 127
- North Duffield won by seven runs
The First Team were missing some of their usual players but still would have been heavy favourites to beat bottom side North Duffield, especially considering the batting form that the Ovington side were in. On this occasion, Ovington were bowling first and kept North Duffield to a total of 127. There was plenty of rain around and the delays made conditions batting fairly difficult. Charlie Buckley, who this season had plied his trade mostly in the Third Team, took the step-up in grade in his stride, securing three wickets.
Ovington were confident of securing that total and set about trying to knock the total off, in ever improving weather conditions. They lost early wickets though batting too aggressively and Ovington were in deep trouble before they knew it. With 13 overs remaining, Ovington only needed 20 to win with three wickets remaining, and with Neil Metcalfe (who had just got to his half-century) and Charlie Buckley at the crease, Ovington were still probably favourites. Easy runs were turned down in order to keep Metcalfe on strike but Ovington edged towards the target before Metcalfe was caught behind. Benji Busby was well-caught soon after, before Dave Brummitt was run out to secure North Duffield a surprise victory and leaving Buckley marooned at the other end. That defeat for Ovington ends any realistic chance of picking up the league title this season.
- Ovington II 162-6
- Wheldrake 166-6
- Wheldrake won by four wickets
Thanks to Liam Herringshaw for the Second Team report
On a decidedly soggy Yorkshire Day, Wheldrake hosted Ovington II in a match that went right down to the wire. With both teams missing some of their senior players, the game swung one way then the other, before the home team claimed victory with just one ball to spare. Ovington were asked to bat first, and opener Andrew Tomlinson applied himself excellently despite two rain breaks. Putting on 53 with Matt Besford (31) and then 83 with Tom Armes, who top-scored with an excellent 56, Tomlinson carried his bat for 44*, with the visitors posting 162-6 from their 40 overs. Dan Nicholson (2-32) and Nick Myers (2-18) were the pick of the bowlers.
In reply, Wheldrake lost talisman Les Fearn early on, bowled by Swedish seamer Ben Svenson. Simon Rouse and Ben Challis (56) rebuilt, but when Matt Besford cleaned up Rouse, the score was 46-2 with 18 overs gone. Ovington, however, contrived to start bowling beamers, misfielding, and giving away runs. Wheldrake took control, but at 132-3, just as they looked sure to win the game, Dom Everard bowled Challis with a full toss, and then Besford (3-21) returned to claim two more wickets.
The tension mounted, but Ed Rouse hit a vital boundary, and then 3 off the first ball of the final over to bring the scores level. Dave Fearn couldn’t get a run off the next four balls, but just as it seemed a tie might be possible, he clubbed a four through midwicket to win the game.
- Ovington III 102
- Thorpe Arch & Boston Spa III 144-6
- Thorpe Arch & Boston Spa III won by 42 runs
The Third Team, with at least six changes to the team that beat Hemingbrough last Sunday, performed respectably against second-placed TABS and might have gone close had we had a stronger team available. TABS were put into bat and they struggled to reach a respectable run-rate, at one stage being 55-3. Brandon Bishop bowled erratically but went unpunished for the most part and picked up 3-27 from his 11 overs. Other highlights included debutant Jany Punnoose, who was playing in his first ever senior cricket match, took a brilliant catch off the bowling of Steve Puckering. No single TABS batsmen scored over 22 but most of their middle-order got to double figures and that put them on a respectable total of 144-6, especially in conditions that led to an early tea being taken with two rain delays.
In response, Ovington, with a depleted batting line-up, initially struggled with the accurate bowling of John Kitson, who picked up two early wickets and left Ovington 7-2. Opener Josh Fletcher hit 15 before being bowled and the vast majority of the middle-order failed to reach double figures. That was until Stuart Chapman hit a useful 20 and Brandon Bishop’s 12 saw Ovington to 65. Dick Buckley (18) and Steve Puckering put on 28 for the last wicket and briefly got TABS worried, but a run-out involving a runner for an injured batsman, again proved Ovington’s downfall and TABS ran out 42 run winners.
The Second Team have their rescheduled Prendergast Memorial Semi-Final to play on Sunday 16th September, the same date of the HPH Cup Final.