Ovington CC won the HPH Cup for the first time in the cup’s history with a win at Acomb Cricket Club this afternoon with an incredible bowling performance.
Ovington lost the toss and were put into bat. A slow start ensued with Neil Metcalfe and Craig Nicoll batting sensibly given the occasion. The first wicket didn’t fall til Ovington were on 17 with Neil Metcalfe out for 6. Pete Kelly fell soon after a run out which was from a direct hit, the fielder almost throwing the ball from the boundary in a remarkable piece of fielding. 17-1 became 29-3 with the wicket of Craig Nicoll and Ovington looked in a lot of trouble. Barry Steel and Ben Morrison steadied the ship, Steel eventually out for 20. Morrison stook about for a gutsy 27 from 71 balls, but eventually fell with the scores at 106-7. It was then the turn of Stefan Littlewood to step up and is 23* from 18 balls, including two sixes, put some of the momentum in Ovington’s favour. Ovington weren’t all out and it took the score to 139-8, which on the face of things, looked too small on a decent Acomb track and with Bishopthorpe possessing a fairly strong batting line-up.
Bishopthorpe started slowly but had no need to kick on with the target total only 3.5 runs an over. It was the fifth over that saw the first wicket with Barry Steel taking the dismissal from a catch from Craig Nicoll. It was then another 11 overs until another Bishopthorpe wicket fell and it was the bowling of Neil Metcalfe that effectively changed the game. “Doc” Metcalfe took two wickets in two balls, including the important wicket of Bishopthorpe batsman Scott Clapham, to leave Bish 42-3. The Bishopthorpe middle-order then struggled with the accurate bowling of Neil Metcalfe 4-25 from his 10 overs, and Dave Brummitt, who Bishopthorpe found virtually unplayable, to end with figures of 2-16 from his 10 overs. Highlights included “an ex-Ovington medium pacer” shouldering arms to a straight one from Dave Brummitt and being adjudged L.B.W. As the wickets fell, some Bishopthorpe batsmen were unhappy with decisions given against them from the umpires but that just emphasised that the pressure was mounting and the game was going against them and although there was late resistance from the Bishopthorpe lower-order, from a total of 92-9, a victory was always going to be difficult and in the end Bishopthorpe succumbed to a 29 run defeat. Ovington were HPH Cup winners for the first time.
Also, news came from the Little Knavesmire that Ovington II had won their cup match against Heworth, therefore, Ovington were the first, and probably last club, to have three teams in three different Cup competitions in one season. A report of that match will be posted tomorrow.
Some photos of the game and aftermath are posted below. Anyone with any photos/videos they wish to submit can submit them to the Official Ovington Facebook page or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org