After an eventful week for Ovington as a club – there’s good news from the Juniors as the Under 11’s hard-ball team got their season off to a good start with a win against Stamford Bridge. There’s also big games for the Seniors over the weekend, including a much anticipated “derby” between Ovington and Bishopthorpe.
The Under 11’s Hard-Ball team beat Stamford Bridge by 35 runs on Thursday. Ovington scored 258 with the bat (note: these scores started at 200, lose 5 runs for each wicket). Lots of the Ovington batting contributed but Noah Morgan top-scored with 13 and was importantly not out. Ovington defended the total nicely with impressive bowling performances from Robbie Sammons (2-4 from 3 overs) and Zac Blower (2-5 from 3 overs). A confidence boosting victory for the hard ball team.
Unfortunately, the incrediball Under 11’s side lost by 41 runs to Pocklington on Tuesday evening. Ovington finished their innings on 236 with Nicholas Kelly and Benjamin Gilroy showing discipline with the bat, both being “not out” at the end of their overs. It wasn’t enough of a score to defend though and Pocklington scored 277 in response. Bowlers Benjamin Burland (1-9 from 3 overs) and Joshua Blower (1-9 from 3 overs) the pick of the Ovington bowling attack.
As you will probably have seen, the club posted a statement to clear up any uncertainty in regards to the suspension of the Knavesmire from Vale League games. We’d like to thank those that have got in touch on Facebook/e-mail and in person to give the club your support. We have positive news from the Council in regards to how they intend to help us, more details on that over the coming few days.
The banning of the Knavesmire means Bishopthorpe, for the fifth season in a row, will not play against Ovington on the Little Knavesmire in the League. This time the University of York will play host to the fixture. Bishopthorpe have got a head-start on the First Team in terms of league position having got their game finished last weekend, and they’ll be looking to exorcise the memories of last seasons HPH Cup defeat to Ovington. The two top teams on paper in the York Vale League facing off is sure to attract interest and it is a real shame that the game could not take place on Ovington’s home turf, but it is a match in which both sides will be confident of picking up the win.
The Second Team face Acomb and come off two wins from their first two games. The side will be looking to get the job done with the bat much more efficiently than leaving it up to captain Benji Busby to get them over the line, as has been the case in the past two games. The Acomb side however, put in a strong bowling performance against Malton last Sunday, so it should be an interesting barometer in terms of how competitive the Seconds will be in the Division. The game will take place at The Retreat.
The Thirds play at Millthorpe School against Malton & Old Malton, who conceded to us last weekend but it looks more positive that a game will go ahead this time around. Ovington will be buoyed by a potentially exciting new signing who was recruited from The Slip Inn in Clementhorpe. This fixture also brings happy memories for Third Team mainstay Chris Geelan, who hit a boundary heavy 26 against Malton last season.
On the Junior side of things – the Under 15’s play against Tadcaster Magnets (away). The Under 15’s game last Monday against Bolton Percy was cancelled due to the weather. The Under 13’s also are back in action, taking on Dunnington (away) on Sunday morning. Of fixtures I’m currently aware of, one of the Under 11’s teams will play Osbaldwick on Tuesday. We’re still awaiting confirmation of other fixtures.
If you’re planning on attending a game this weekend – then here is where Ovington sides will be playing.
All 13:30 start.
- Ovington I: Bishopthorpe (at the University of York)
- Ovington II: Acomb (A) (at The Retreat)
- Ovington III: Malton & Old Malton IV (At Millthorpe School)
- Ovington U13: Dunnington (A)
- Ovington U15: Tadcaster Magnet (A)