It was the first of two consecutive Cup Final weekends for Ovington senior sides, ironically against the same club in Bishopthorpe. Unfortunately, things didn’t go the Thirds way this weekend, with the Seconds also failing to win. There was however, a good win for the First Team.
Scothern Construction Cup Final
- Ovington III – 168
- Bishopthorpe II – 172-7
- Bishopthorpe II win by three wickets
The Thirds, who had already upset the odds by reaching the final in the first place, fell at the final hurdle of their Scothern Construction Cup journey with a three wicket defeat against Bishopthorpe. Winning the toss and batting first, Ovington posted a total of 168 all out. Given the pitch conditions, Ovington might have hoped for a few more given they started so well. Openers Kareem Baqai (35) and Andrew Tomlinson both started confidently, before Tomlinson was bowled by a superb Yorker from the Bishopthorpe bowler. Matthew Besford, in such good form with the bat for both the Second and the Thirds, took the Bishopthorpe bowling to task with some superb shots, and was the mainstay of the Ovington innings with his 71. The Ovington middle-order might be disappointed somewhat with their contributions, albeit Jed Fowke might feel hard done by given the catch that was taken to dismiss him. Charlie Buckley stuck about longer than most for his 12, but Ovington failed to bat out their overs and fell for 168.
In response, opening bowlers Matthew Besford and Carl Welch took one wicket apiece and left Bishopthorpe looking in a spot of bother at around 30-2. The game changed with the partnership of Jamie Blackburn (68) and Ed Bindloss (37), who put on an 82 run partnership. They combined some good shots and some good fortune, but both of their innings’ switched the balance of the game in favour of Bishopthorpe. That quickly changed when wickets fell though, firstly with Brandon Bishop taking the wicket of Blackburn, before Charlie Buckley took the Bishopthorpe middle-order apart with a three-wicket haul, including the sought after wicket of BBC Commentator Guy Mowbray. With 25 runs needed and three wickets remaining, Ovington were likely favourites but the experienced batting of John Latimer hit a couple of boundaries to finish on 12* and sensible batting in the circumstances saw Bishopthorpe home.
It was a terrific achievement for the Thirds to reach the Final and although exceptionally disappointing to be beaten finalists, the performance in the field especially, was exemplary. Ovington didn’t have much luck in terms of chances going to hand and those small margins are the difference between winning and losing.
- Ovington I 163-8
- Burn: 127
- Ovington win by 36 runs
Saturday was the first game since Craig Nicoll was appointed captain and he got off to a winning start against Burn. With the majority of the top-order failing, it was up to Ben Morrison to be the main run-scorer for the Ovington side, and his 62 set Burn the fairly respectable total of 163-8 to chase. However, the first team bowled really well after tea and ended up restricting Burn to just 127. Alistair Souch took 3-15 and Dave Brummitt got 4-38 and that led Ovington to a 36 run victory. With the team generally looking to next season, it was a good win in the circumstances
- Ovington II: 191-7
- Westow 192-4
- Westow win by six wickets
Thanks to Liam Herringshaw for the report
It is said that catches win matches, but on a sunny Saturday in Ryedale, Westow and Ovington II tried their utmost to disprove this. It was hard to keep count of how many chances were spilled, but it must have been at least half-a-dozen for each side. The four batsmen who scored 50s were all thankful to the (mis)fielding gods in reaching their milestones.
Ovington II won the toss and batted, and after Andrew Tomlinson (11) fell with the score on 41, Liam Herringshaw (61) and Will Osborne (56) put on 107 for the second wicket. Both were reprieved multiple times by the Westow fielders, but when Osborne was finally run out, 6 wickets fell for 28, the visitors ending on 191-7.
In reply, Ben Svenson (4-45) bowled star batsman Mark Earle for 15, and then claimed three more victims to reduce Westow to 55-4. The game was Ovington’s for the taking, but though the bowlers continued to create chances, the fielders could not grasp them. Following the example of their first innings counterparts, Welford (89*) and Inman (55*) alternated between riding their luck and clubbing boundaries, and overhauled the target with 5 overs to spare.
- Ovington III 158-9
- Thixendale 159-1
- Thixendale won by 9 wickets
Ovington Thirds, the only team this season to record a victory against Thixendale, had a somewhat depleted team on offer again, but would have been happy with how the game was poised at tea. Batting first, Ovington started strongly, with Kareem Baqai, playing his last league game of the season, hitting the ball particularly well through the off-side. Alan Fletcher, trying to avenge his second-ball duck earlier in the season, reached six before falling with the scores close to 50. It was then the turn of Matthew Besford to bat well, he hit 53, being bowled the ball after reaching his half-century. He was alone in the top to middle order to get a score that really troubled the scorers, with bowlers Megginson and Ulliott, who started his spell with four maidens on the trot, really causing problems for the Ovington batsmen. It wasn’t until Jamie Allan, playing his third game of the season, hit an impressive 26, being particularly strong in picking the bowlers slower ball and his batting got Ovington close to the 150 mark. Thomas Irwin, playing his first game for the Senior team, and captain Dick Buckley, got Ovington over the line and four batting points.
This game Ovington something to bowl to, but Thixendale aren’t unbeaten in the league for no reason and they set about the total with confidence. Opening bowlers Besford and Buckley created some chances but they didn’t fall quite for Ovington, and the Thixendale batting were soon “in” and taking the bowling on. There was plenty of bowling options in the Ovington side, although some of these were distinctly part-time. There was some positives though, with Thomas Irwin bowling with confidence for his first senior appearance and Luke Smith with some economical bowling at the death. Thixendale only lost one wicket in the end, with their batting looking fairly comfortable throughout. Josh Fletcher’s figures of 1-37 look the best in the book in terms of wickets, but it was a generally appalling spell of five overs. They’ll be other days for Ovington though, especially as they were up against the runaway division leaders on this occasion.