Seniors start the season strongly


After a wet spring and interrupted preparation, it was a winning start for two of Ovington’s senior sides, as both the first and second team picked up victories in their first league matches of the season.

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The First Team played at home in their opening league game of the season, facing off against Burn. Tom Cookson, opening the batting, hit an explosive 53, dominating the early overs and setting off at a ferocious pace. Ovington maybe didn’t capitalise on this strong start, but important contributions from Ben Morrison (31*), Craig Nicoll (32) and Stefan Littlewood (29) saw Ovington to a respectable total, given conditions, of 186-9. In response, Ovington’s bowling shared out the wickets and after 24 overs, the home side would have been considered extremely strong favourites, restricting Burn to 88-6. A mini-fightback from Burn, led to them requiring around 50 off the last six overs. The reintroduction of Matt Besford back into the attack saw two wickets fall in one over and the game was effectively won from then on. Burn ended up finishing on 153, falling 33 runs short.

The Seconds were also victorious in their first league game of the season, beating Malton & Old Malton. Malton batted first and ended their innings on 147-8. The highlight of the Ovington bowling attack was the contribution of newly-appointed captain, Benji Busby, who ended up with impressive figures of 4-24 from his 12 overs. Other notable achievements with the ball came the first wicket in senior cricket for 13 year old Jacob Lamb.  In terms of the Ovo run-chase, Joe Whale top scored, with Under 15 Tim Burgess, adding to his two catches earlier in the game, scoring 30 and Tom Armes hitting 26. Ovington however, lost wickets consistently on a deteriorating track in fading light. It was then up to Busby (10 not out) to steer the side home, ending up winning the match by three wickets.

The Under 13’s, faced off against a strong York team in their first match of the season. Batting first, Ovington were around 23-1 and at that stage, would have been happy with their position. Unfortunately, an almighty batting collapse ensued, with the score at one point being 25-9. A rearguard action from Thomas Farrell and Joshua Burland saw Ovington reach a more respectable 45. York knocked off the total in 10 overs for no loss of wickets.

The Under 15’s lined up with a young side against local rivals Bishopthorpe on Monday. Ovington won the toss and batted first, but lost wickets consistently throughout the 18 overs and on a slow pitch, struggled to score. No batsman made double figures in the final total of 52-7, but a late partnership by Toby Robinson and Jack Walmsley, who both finished not out, brought more respectability to the scoreboard than had once looked. In response, Bishopthorpe, with more experienced batsman at the crease, got home relatively comfortably for the loss of two wickets in 12 overs.

The Third Team, playing a friendly against Yapham, were well-beaten. It could have been different if Ovington had been sharper in the field as the Yapham batting did provide chances, but they either didn’t go to hand or were dropped. Positives for the Ovington bowling attack was four wickets for captain Dick Buckley, as well as two for Nathan Kerry.  Yapham ended on 168 and Ovington started off solidly enough, but a batting collapse ensued and only two batsman reached double figures, with Andrew Tomlinson top-scoring with 30. In total, Ovington ended up falling around 80 runs short.

Other Junior Teams yet to play this week include the Under 9’s “A” team, away at Acomb tomorrow (Thurs 28th) and the Under 11’s hard-ball team face up against Dunnington (away) on the 29th. Our Under 11’s soft-ball team play Pocklington on Tuesday 3rd at home.

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