As previously posted yesterday, Ovington II won the Prendergast Memorial Trophy against Thorpe Willoughby II yesterday. Full report and pictures are posted below. Thanks to Sam Prangnell for the report and Harry Buckley for the photographs.
Ovington 2nds travelled to Malton to play Thorpe Willoughby 2nds on a cloudy but warm Bank Holiday weekend. Skipper Sam Prangnell promptly lost the toss and his side were asked to bat on a track that looked full of runs. Ovington openers Hossain “Sam” Ahmed and Andrew Tomlinson set about building a big total, with Sam hitting two fours in the first over and continued to bat aggressively throughout. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be for Tommo, as he fell caught at cover in the 4th over for 1. Andy Cole came in at three and hung around for 12 overs, providing valuable support for a swashbuckling Sam at the other end. Cole eventually fell for 13 and ended a 66 run partnership. This brought Will Osborne to the crease who began his innings watchfully, rotating the strike giving the ‘in’ man more opportunity to clear the ropes. However when Sam began to tire in the 20th over, Will stepped up a gear, playing many a stylish cover drive and despatching anything off his pads. Sam eventually fell for 86 but this then only brought the second team engine room to the crease with both Tom Armes and Harry Buckley both being run out for 14, trying to give Osborne the strike. He was then joined by Ben Svenson in the 38th over, who ended the innings with a strike-rate of 100, getting a single off every ball he faced! Osborne reach his ton with one ball to spare and finished the innings with a four off the last ball to finish 104*.
Malton’s Tea was superb and was enjoyed by all, with the general chat being that Ovington had secured a good score but it was an excellent wicket, so anything was possible.
Thorpe’s response was solid with the openers S.Golton and S.Hinch going at 4 an over until the introduction of veteran and third team captain Dick Buckley 5-2-7-1 helped Ahmed 10-4-17-1 turn the screw, building pressure that resulted in both openers falling in successive overs. Following this tight period, Ben Svenson was introduced into the attack along with Charlie Buckley, who removed danger man Tony Hinch who chopped on for 22. Having an ageing ball that had been well maintained by Tom Armes, Svenson was hooping the ball around corners with his accurate swing bowling as he finished with figures of 9-0-38-4, bowling three of his victims. Thorpe finally finished all out on 118 in the 33rd over with Svenson taking two wickets in one over.
This allowed Ovington Seconds to vanquish the memories of last year’s defeat against Wheldrake and lift the Prendergast Memorial Trophy for the first time.
Gallery of the pictures taken from the Final are posted below. For those who receive this post via e-mail, you may need to log on to the full website in order to see these pictures. You can also see them on Facebook. Thanks to Harry and Kate Buckley for taking these.