No games affected by the weather this weekend, which saw four matches involving Ovington senior sides, alongside an Under 13’s side keeping up their good run of form.
There was two dramatic games involving Ovington sides on Saturday, with both games going down to the final wicket. The Third Team, playing against Yapham II, struggled on what can be regarded as a rough outfield at Millthorpe School. Yapham had no real sole contributor to their final total of 154-6, with four of their side making between 20 & 30. In the field, five Ovington bowlers took the six wickets taken, with Josh Fletcher’s 2-19 the pick of the Ovington bowling attack.
In response, Ovington’s top order struggled to make much of an impact, with opener Rich Garside (26) the only batsman to score over 16 from the top eight batsman. There was plenty of talking points throughout the Ovington innings, with Matthew Valks being given out LBW incorrectly (probably), but, even more memorably, the “Spirit of Cricket” was brought into question, with the Ovington score at 33-2. Australian Cricket journalist Gideon Haigh once said – “If you nicked and didn’t walk, you were stealing the bread out of another man’s mouth”. Yapham bowler Andy Noble was denied a hat-trick as Ovington’s Chris Geelan stood his ground in defiance of mounting evidence for his dismissal. Even accounting for this injustice, with the scores at 95-8, an Ovington victory looked unlikely, with another sixty required with two wickets in hand.
It was then the unlikely batting pairing of Thomas Irwin and Brandon Bishop that brought Ovington so close to victory. Irwin, who ended the innings 17 not out, showed great game management skills and maturity with picking the right balls to score from and which to defend. Alongside Bishop, who scored 19, the pairing brought Ovington ten away from the Yapham score, before Bishop fell to an absolute jaffa to leave Ovington nine down. Captain Dick Buckley came into the crease, but Irwin continued to keep his cool and the duo saw Ovington home to secure an unlikely and memorable victory.
Additional reporting of the Second Team game by Liam Herringshaw (if he has defamed anyone, please sue him, and not the club…)
It was a final-ball, final-wicket thriller at Barmby Moor, as Ovington II legend Andy Cole proved as “Cole as a cucumber” to lead his side to the narrowest of victories over Clifton Alliance.
On a very green wicket, Clifton were asked to bat first, but openers Barton & Bean made it to drinks without losing their wicket. From 82-0, however, an amazing collapse ensued. New signing Nick Pickard, a former Worcestershire javelin champion, claimed 4-35, teenage spin prodigy Jacob ‘Leggy’ Lamb a brilliant 3-13, and captain Benji Busby 3-29, as the Alliance were dismissed for 129.
In reply, Joe Whale’s excellent 43 got Ovington off to a flier, before Matt Mellor (2-22) and Jim Bean (3-49) instigated an almost-identical collapse: 62-0 becoming 96-7. Cometh the hour, cometh the Cole and, with support from Busby (13), Andy’s calm and classy batting brought victory in sight. Then, with the scores level, W. Moll dismissed both Busby and Lamb. Unflustered by the carnage around him, Cole (24*) blocked the penultimate delivery, then hit the last ball of the game to square leg for the winning single.
The Under 13’s kept up their good run of form with a win at Londesborough Park on Sunday afternoon in their first game in the Under 13’s Cup. The hosts won the toss and decided to bowl. Ovington capitalised on this, with their openers putting on a stand of 66. Toby Robinson retired on 32 with Jack Walmsley scoring 27. Finn Baqai then scored a quick-fire 23, along with Montgomery Grenyer ending the innings on 15 not out. Jacob Lamb was out early on after being caught by loaned fielder Peter Austin. In total, this left Ovington on the solid score of 120-4.
In reply, Londesborough Park couldn’t stand with the bowling of Finn Baqai (2-8 from four overs) along with some sharp fielding, with Ovington creating three dismissals via run-out. Other bowlers who were among the wickets were Montgomery Grenyer (1-12) and Toby Robinson (1-8). After all of this, the hosts ended their innings on 79-6, falling 41 runs short of the Ovo total.
For the First Team, they lost ground on the Vale League leaders as they fell short against Ben Johnson. Ovington’s usual dominating batting performances were not evident as they only reached 139 all out. Tom Cookson and Pete Kelly both got 31, while Stefan Littlewood hitting 26. Such a score was going to be a tough one to defend, but Craig Nicoll bowled accurately with figures of 2-15 from his seven overs and gave Ovington every chance. Tom Cookson, who had 3 wickets to his name at the time, followed up a couple of economical overs with one that was far too expensive given the Ovington total, and so meant a Ben Johnson victory was all too inevitable. Later in the weekend, it was announced that Barry Steel will be leading the First Team as Captain for the rest of the season.
The Third Team were again in action on Sunday in the rearranged cup tie against Thorpe Willoughby II. Bowling first, it potentially looked like an easy afternoon work for the Ovington side as they had Thorpe Willoughby five down for less than fifty runs, with a tremendous opening bowling partnership from Jimmy Taylor and Thomas Irwin causing the home side huge problems. To give the Thorpe Willoughby pair of Crockford and Hinch credit, they batted sensibly, gave very little away in chances and attacked once they were both “in”, both scoring half-centuries and helping their side on to a final total of 178-7. Jimmy Taylor ended his spell with career-best figures of 6-42.
In reply, Ovington’s top-order batting struggled to make too much of a dent in the scoring, it was not until #6 Joe Warne entered the fray, that progress into the next round of the Cup more plausible. On his Ovington debut, he hit 44 from 38 balls, including two sixes, and alongside opener Andrew Tomlinson, they put together a real partnership. Eventually Warne was caught well down the track and was stumped, but with Tomlinson at the crease, victory was still a possibility. He eventually was run-out in a comical mix-up for 39, and that pretty much sealed defeat. In the end, Ovington fell 44 runs short.
The Under 15’s, who usually play on Monday, will play on Tuesday (31st May) against Tadcaster Magnets in the Second round of the Under 15’s cup. The game will take place on Manor Field, near the Tadcaster Leisure Centre (weather permitting).