It was a weekend of contrasts in terms of games for Ovington sides this weekend. One senior side had a relatively simple task, while two others were involved in close finishes. There was also a win for a Junior side.
For the First Team, it was a relatively straightforward nine-wicket win against a depleted Melbourne side. Melbourne batted first and after being in an extremely perilous position early on, ended up batting for over 37 overs with their score ending up at 98. Wickets came from Neil Metcalfe (3-18), Dom Kitching (2-21) and Tom Cookson (2-42). In response, Ovington got into top gear early on and Tom Cookson and Craig Nicoll both got Ovington to pretty much the target in no time at all. Nicoll was out chasing his 50, dismissed on 47, with Tom Cookson at the other end not out on 42.
The Second team match was much closer affair, which took place at Millthorpe School. Hirst Courtney won the toss and elected to bat on a good looking track which proved to have plenty of pace and bounce. Alford (23) and Coupland (34) started strongly, heavily aided by some very poor early fielding by Ovington on an uneven but very quick outfield. J. Wild, who timed the ball superbly with great power, continued the openers good work and at 133 for 3 with ten over to go, Hirst looked like posting a formidable target. Ovington’s fielding improved and the turning point of the innings came when dangerman Wild was run out, coming back for a second run having just made his half century. The very next ball, T. Wild (21) was also run out from a direct hit from Ovington keeper Tim Burgess. Hirst innings then stuttered and they finished on 161 for 9, Dom Everard claiming 3 for 37 and Ben Busby 4 for 36.
Ovington’s top order was then decimated by the pace of J. Hinchcliffe (5 for 41) and accuracy of L. Mitchell (2 for 33) to leave them reeling at 19 for 4. Jack Stearman led a counter attack with the middle and lower order, clubbing 2 sixes and 8 fours on his way to an excellent 67. Stearman and all-rounder Everard (26) put on 77 for the sixth wicket but, when both were dismissed in quick succession, Ovington wobbled. With two required to win Ovington lost their 9th wicket which brought 13 year old Jacob Lamb to the crease, batting for the first time in senior cricket. He coolly saw off the last delivery of Hinchcliffe’s superb spell and skipper Ben Busby smashed the first ball of the last over for four to seal victory for Ovington. Busby has now hit the winning runs in all of Ovington’s three victories this season.
There was also a win this weekend for the Under 13’s against Malton & Old Malton. Ovington lost the toss and were put into bat – ending their innings on an impressive 109-2. Ovington had two batsmen reach 30 and have to retire, those being Jacob Lamb (31) and Finn Baqai (30). The pair were ably supported in the innings by Jack Walmsley who scored 21. In response, Malton were restricted to 89-4 in their 20 overs, falling 20 runs short. The pick of the Ovington bowling attack came in the shape of Montgomery Grenyer whose four overs led to figures of 2-12. Ovington debutante Tom Dook also impressed with figures of 1-1 from his two overs.
It was a tense game for the Third Team against Stamford Bridge, who were looking to avenge their humiliating defeat at this ground last season. There was no such problems with the pitch this time around, and Ovington bowled first. It was a strong bowling and fielding performance by Ovington, who restricted the hosts to 114 all out. The wickets were distributed among six bowlers, the pick of the bowling coming from Under 15’s captain Luke Smith (2-19) along with Dick Buckley (2-10) as well as Brandon Bishop (2-18). The innings of Stamford Bridge’s N.Burge, who was caught out on the boundary for 51 in an innings where he gave no chances, was important for his team in the context of the match.
In response, Ovington lost a couple of early wickets and were 7-2 at one stage. Opener Andrew Tomlinson (13) and Jimmy Taylor put on 50 for the third wicket to put Ovington in a much stronger position. Wickets continued to fall at the other end though but Taylor stayed put, dominating the strike and hitting some impressive boundaries. His dismissal for a score of 63, which led Ovington to be 105-8, meant it was going to be a tough task for Ovington’s tailenders to get over the line. So it proved, with two wickets falling in two balls in the next over and Ovington falling 9 runs short. M.Veysey got four wickets for Stamford Bridge, with Burge also backing up his batting performance with two wickets.
The Under 15’s are the next Ovington team in action this week, playing at home at Acomb tomorrow (Monday) night. There are also matches involving younger Ovington sides over the course of the week.