Firsts inflict further misery on Bish

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The First Team, although out of the Vale League title picture, inflicted the second defeat in a week on Bishopthorpe, which had huge ramifications for the Title race. The Thirds also were victorious against Tadcaster Magnets.

  • Bishopthorpe: 171-7
  • Ovington: 175-7
  • Ovington win by three wickets

After the Cup Success last Sunday, the First Team faced again faced local rivals Bishopthorpe, playing at Pocklington due to the Ebor Meeting at York Racecourse. Bishopthorpe batted first and reached 171-7 from their 40 overs. Dave Brummitt again proved difficult for the Bish batsman to play against as he secured figures of 4-38. Tom Cookson also chipped in with two wickets.

In response, Ovington started strongly, with 66 from Neil Metcalfe proving he’s at home in his new role of an opening batsman. He was well supported by Craig Nicoll (27) and Barry Steel (30). Ovington lost wickets in the middle to lower order and it took until the final over to secure the victory, with Dom Kitching hitting a four to win Ovington the game. With North Cave winning, it has most certainly swung the title picture in the favour of North Cave.

  • Ovington II 130-6
  • South Cave & Brantingham 134-2
  • South Cave & Brantingham won by 8 wickets

Thanks to Liam Herringshaw for the Second Team Match Report

On a hot, sunny afternoon in South Cave, and having only ten men (captain Prangnell having elected to go the races), Ovington II won the toss and chose to bat. After 17 overs, with the score 36-4 and the pitch proving trickier than an amateur magician, this was not looking a good decision. However, Iain Kirkup joined 13 year-old Tim Burgess at the wicket, and together they applied themselves very well to the situation. Whilst Burgess showed immaculate technique, the “Consett Clobberer” began freeing his arms, and together they added 64 for the 5th wicket.

With five overs to go, Burgess finally fell for an excellent 20, but Kirkup (53) went on to achieve his first half-century in 31 years of club cricket, and celebrated deservedly as the Oving-ten managed to reach 130-6.

In reply, Brandon Bishop bowled very well for no reward, but couldn’t dismiss the free-flowing Sid Sharma, whose 66 included boundaries a-plenty. It wasn’t till that man Burgess (2-16) came on to bowl that Sharma finally fell, deceived by a slower ball and caught by Bishop. Ben Scorah had a similar fate, Burgess again the bowler, Joe Bateson the catcher, and he could have had another wicket or two but for dropped catches. However, Oli Pierce (40*) kept going and when “Colin Ondiments” (the experimental spin bowling alter ego of stand-in captain Andy Cole) served up an over of high-calibre filth, the game was quickly over.

At this point, after another enjoyable match between the teams, the players wisely retired to a nearby hostelry.

  • Tadcaster Magnets 119
  • Ovington III 123-6
  • Ovington III won by 4 wickets

Again due to the potential of disruption of York Races on Saturday, the teams agreed on an early-start time, a thing that hopefully won’t catch on. The teams also had the added bonus of a distinct lack of changing facilities at Millthorpe School due to a breakdown in communication, so tea would be taken on the Little Knavesmire.

With nine players present at 12:30pm, stand-in captain Steve Puckering made the bold call of bowling first. That became a full eleven by 13:15 but by that time, Tadcaster Magnets were already 35-5. Opening spells of six overs each from Under 15 players Finn Coughlan (3-21) and Op Sorn-In (2-10) saw Ovington into the Tadcaster middle-order. It was never going to be that easy and with one of the openers still at the wicket, the bowling side were keen to dismiss him. The opener, Mickey Voyse (27) and an explosive innings from #7 A.Mackay (59) took Tadcaster to three figures. Josh Fletcher, who went for 14 off his first over, took both their wickets and added two more dismissals, to finish with a career-best of 4-28. Thomas Irwin finished off the Tadcaster batting to secure his first wicket in senior cricket, to accompany two decent catches in the field. Matthew Valks also received praise for his wicket-keeping on senior debut, with only one bye and a potentially difficult catch to his name.

In response, “Bangladeshi Sam” Hussain hit 40, which included four 4’s and four 6’s, to take the score to 41 before he was caught behind. Another wicket fell before Alan Fletcher and Luke Smith (10) put on 15 before both were dismissed with the score now at 64-4. Enter Finn Coughlan, who took Ovington to victory with an unbeaten 37*. Will Ellis batted for a long time with Coughlan to put on a partnership of 28, to close up the gap before he was caught behind, leaving 18 required. Chris Geelan (5*) atoned somewhat for his earlier dropped catch and kept Coughlan company until the target was reached in the penultimate over.

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