The result of the day in terms of Ovington sides on Saturday came from the Third Team, who turned round an atrocious first 20 overs in the field to beat Malton with a few overs to spare.
Malton & Old Malton, playing with 10 after conceding last week, opted to bat first and put the early Ovington bowling attack to the absolute sword. There was a couple of gilt-edged chances that were missed that would have changed the entire game, but these weren’t taken and the Malton openers made it very hard work for the Ovington attack. With Malton around 118-1, with many overs still to go, things looked bleak, but the introduction of juniors Thomas Irwin and Luke Smith in to the bowling attack, went unrewarded in terms of wickets but slowed the run-rate down and set the foundations for an Ovington revival. Dick Buckley, having gone for 0-31 in her first five over spell, returned to attack with figures subsequently of 5-5. That kept the opposition innings down to a more manageable total of 167-6 from their 40 overs, with one of the Malton openers batting through.
Ovington, requiring just above 4 an over, kept up with the run-rate for the most part in the early overs, with openers Andrew Tomlinson and Tony Pinsent keeping the scoreboard ticking over. No one batsman chipped in with a big score, but they kept the scoreboard ticking along nicely. Jon Souch, playing his first game of the season, was “retired out” in bizarre scenes after batting impressively, due to having to leave for a driving lesson. The Ovington batting kept up with the run-rate, and after a minor wobble with around 30 required, Sam Prangnell (9*) (redeeming himself after coming off worse versus a tin of white paint in the newly assembled scorebox) and Josh Fletcher (13*), along with some extras, got Ovington home with 4 overs to spare.
Another junior team who won over the weekend was the Under 13’s. The game was switched to a home game vs Dunnington and they won by 15 runs. Ovington ended their innings on 85-2, with the star batsman being Jack Walmsley, who retired on 33. Another important contribution came from Toby Robinson (19*). In response, Dunnington didn’t lose many wickets but couldn’t get to the Ovington total, with some good bowling by Jacob Lamb (two wickets) along with Finn Baqai, made sure that the Dunnington batsman fell 15 short.
The Second Team were beaten by Acomb (playing at The Retreat) in a difficult day for the Ovington side. Acomb scored 198-5, an impressive total even given the small ground. It was made to look even better by the fact that Ovington at one point, succumbed to 31-9. Again, captain Benji Busby came to the fore with the bat, scoring 49* in a last wicket partnership with Joe Bateson. Ovington eventually reached 85, securing a batting point at the very least.
The First Team lost against local rivals Bishopthorpe in their match at the University by two wickets. Ovington, missing a couple of key bowlers, just couldn’t defend their total of 174, with Bishopthorpe reaching the total in the final over.
The Under 15’s play at Tadcaster Magnets tomorrow, with the game starting at 18:15 – Magnets play at the following location – https://goo.gl/maps/HP8iN3LwUvM2