It was a successful time during the week for Ovington teams as both the Foss Evening League side and the Under 15’s were victorious.
Amidst the glorious surroundings of The Retreat, Ovington opened the batting in explosive fashion, scoring 21 off the first over. This was to set the tone for the remainder of the innings, as openers Stefan Littlewood and Pete Kelly cruised to 113, before Kelly was bowled by Abdul Khan (1-44) for classy 24.
Harry Buckley joined Littlewood in the middle to maintain the momentum, on the way to scoring a quick-fire 71 not out (6 x 6s and 5 x 4s). Littlewood and Buckley drove Ovington to a massive 273, with Littlewood reaching an outstanding 168 not out (9 x 6s and 17 x 4s), during what was a batting performance to behold. Pictures below (click to expand, thanks to Kate Buckley for the photos.)
Retreat 2’s openers showed early promise, but struggled to find much change from Ovington pace-men Barry Steel (0-7) and Dom Everard (1-16). Wickets began to fall after the 11th over, with Jed Fowke taking 3-8, and Tom Armes 2-1, almost grabbing his hat-trick. Smart catches in the field by Armes and Joe Browning, also contributed to the Ovington effort. To their credit, Retreat 2 batted out their 20 overs, to finish on 68-6.
For the second time in two days, Jacob Lamb and Toby Robinson impressed in Ovington colours, this time playing for the Under 15’s side against Tadcaster, who played with only nine. The depleted Tadcaster side set off at a rate of knots in terms of scoring, being all-out after 9 overs for a respectable total of 60. Lamb, expensive in his first over, recovered sufficiently to secure figures of 4-22, ably assisted by wicket-keeper Tim Burgess, who chipped in with a number of stumpings. In response, Ovington looked confident at 39-2 with plenty of overs remaining. That soon however became 39-5 after a hat-trick by Tadcaster’s Conor Dawson. Ovington recovered though, as opener Toby Robinson (16 not out) and Jonny Evans (15 not out) saw Ovington home to win by five wickets.
On to future games now and the First Team will be wanting to get right back on track in their Vale League campaign when they play Melbourne away. Melbourne earlier in the week were looking for potential loan players as a wedding has reduced their numbers.
For the Second Team – they will now play their home match at Millthorpe School – where they face Hirst Courtney. The Seconds are another Ovington team who will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing defeat last Saturday.
The Thirds play Stamford Bridge at Burythorpe and will be looking to erase memories of last years clash at this venue, where Ovington were all-out for 26. With a dry pitch this time, Ovington will be looking to put up a stronger showing this time around.
The Under 15’s, who play on Monday, face up against Acomb B at home on the Little Knavesmire, while the Under 13’s play away at Malton & Old Malton on Sunday morning.
Last of all, the Foss Evening League side look to preserve their unbeaten status at home against Tang Hall Tigers.
Details of other matches involving the Under 11’s and Under 9’s will be posted when known!
All 13:30 start
- Ovington I: Melbourne (a) –
- Ovington II: Hirst Courtney (h) (at Millthorpe School)
- Ovington III: Stamford Bridge (a) at Burythorpe
- Ovington U13: Malton & Old Malton (A)
- Ovington U15: Acomb “B” (H)
- Ovington Foss Evening League: Tang Hall Tigers (H)