The first week of competitive Cricket this week for Ovington sides, as the weather has led to interrupted preparations. With the rain finally relenting, the club can finally look forward to some Cricket!
As this is being published – Outdoor Training is taking place for the first time this season! If you’ve missed it, it will be taking place for all age-groups/seniors, every Friday from 18:30-20:00 on the Little Knavesmire, York. We hope to see you there! If you have any questions – please do get in touch
The First Team will be looking to get off to a strong start against Burn at home (13:30 start). With promotion to the York Senior League now a possibility if winning the York Vale League. Last year’s champions North Cave, have moved on to the Senior League and on paper, this looks a race between last years HPH Cup finalists, local rivals Ovington and Bishopthorpe. 4th placed Kelfield can always cause a surprise or two as well, so Ovington will hope to make home advantage count vs Burn.
The Second Team are away at Malton & Old Malton, a team who were promoted from the Third Division last season. It will the first game that Benji Busby has captained since taking the job on full-time , taking over from Sam Prangnell (whose widely reported move to Beaverton CC in Oregon, USA fell through). Ovington come into this with a young-side, with U13 Jacob Lamb expected to make his debut as well as a new signing or two from over the winter expected to turn out for the first time in Ovington colours.
The Thirds, without a league game until Saturday 7th May, play a friendly against Yapham (at Bishop Wilton). This Yapham team despatched our Second team easily last season in the early rounds of the Scothern Construction Cup, but it is expected and hoped that it will be a much closer affair this time around. This game will provide good preparation for next week’s cup tie against Malton & Old Malton, where the Third team will be hoping to go one better than last years Scothern Construction Cup runner-up spot.
Potentially one of the most interesting Ovington matches of the weekend comes on Monday evening, where the Under 15‘s are scheduled to play away at local rivals Bishopthorpe (18:15 start). The Under 15’s failed to win last season, but incredibly tied two matches. With a new age-group coming through, alongside playing in the Second Division of the Championship, more can be expected.
Other games scheduled to take place this weekend include the Under 13’s game against York (at home) on Sunday morning. Games against York are always tough – but the Under 11’s team that has progressed through to the Under 13’s were successful last year, so the club have high hopes for this season and the next.
We’re awaiting confirmation on when other games involving our representative sides are due to take place. We’ll have updates about the team’s progress/match reports as the week goes on.
Good luck to all the Ovington teams this week!