Both the First and Second teams were in action this afternoon, and both would have had one eye on Sunday’s cup games.
Thanks to North Cave CC for some of the stats and figures included in the First Team report.
- Ovington I: 144-8
- North Cave: 148-7
- North Cave win by three wickets
The First Team played North Cave, who currently sit top of the York Vale League. Ovington batted first and struggled for their usual fluency in the batting department. Neil Metcalfe and Craig Nicoll both went early, before Pete Kelly (29) and Joe Whale (34) helped Ovington along. The rest of the Ovington middle-order fell relatively cheaply and it wasn’t until Charlie Buckley (12*) and Benji Busby (20*) fought hard and got the away side to 144-8. Bane of the First Team in their previous fixture this season with the bat, North Cave’s AJ Clarke secured figures of 3-28 from his 12 overs. Jonathon Tomlinson also bagged 3 wickets.
A target of 145 would have been expected to be an easy target for the league leaders and everything was looking to be going smoothly as both North Cave openers got starts and number three Will Ferguson eventually ended up with 52*. However, North Cave looked in a little bit of bother at 73-4, but the explosive batting of Simon Cooke (40 from 14 balls) pretty much put the game in little doubt. A lot of rotation from the Ovington bowling was in evidence with the HPH Cup Final in their sights, but highlights came from a four wicket haul from Charlie Buckley, who recovered well from an expensive over or two. Eventually, Ferguson carried North Cave home to win by three wickets.
- Ovington II: 131
- Hirst Courtney: 133-5
- Hirst Courtney win by five wickets
For the Second Team, they were looking to avenge an earlier in the season defeat by today’s opponents Hirst Courtney. Things started badly as Andy Cole fell first ball and Hussain Ahmed fell soon after to a well-disguised slower ball. Then followed an impressive partnership between Matthew Besford (50) and Iain Kirkup (31), who moved Ovington from 26-2 to 91-3. Unfortunately that soon became 102-7 as wickets fell due to a mixture of poor running, poor shot selection or just sheer bad luck, as seen in the case of Dom Everard who was run-out without facing a ball. Joe Browning showed some vigour with the bat with an entertaining knock of 22* from 19 balls, which took Ovington to 131 all out. T. Wild was the pick of the Hirst Courtney bowling, recovering from a wayward first over where he went for 12 to take 4-28 from his dozen overs.
That wasn’t expected to be enough for Ovington to defend but Hirst Courtney were soon 19-2, with wickets coming from Matthew Besford and Hussain Ahmed. That became 56-4 but Russell Stones’ 25 from 40 balls started to steady the Hirst Courtney ship, before intelligent knocks in the circumstances from J.Hinchcliff (31* from 45 balls) and J.Wild (31* from 27 balls) built a partnership of 67 and saw Hirst Courtney home in the penultimate over. Matthew Besford bowled well for figures of 2-15 from his 8 overs, with Dom Everard also taking two wickets.
The Third Team’s match against Selby was cancelled due to a waterlogged ground at Selby.