A beautiful weekend of weather saw four games for Ovington’s senior sides, and two for the Junior teams.
It was the start of a new era for the First Team as new captain Barry Steel got off the mark at the first attempt, leading his side to a win against Wheldrake on Saturday. For the second time in the past few weeks, Charlie Buckley played a starring role with the ball, securing another five wicket haul as Wheldrake fell to 147 all out. In response, the Ovington batting line-up reached the target with a minimum of fuss, with Tom Cookson and Pete Kelly, both in good form, doing the damage and helping Ovington to a routine eight wicket win.
A score of 93 from Joe Whale couldn’t provide the Second Team with a win against South Cave & Brantingham at Millthorpe School on Saturday. Whale’s 93 was the only real significant score in an overall total of 157, where the South Cave & Brantingham batsmen reached the target total for the loss of six wickets. It was actually two defeats in two days for the Seconds, as they fell in the first round of the HPH Cup against Burn. Against strong First Division opposition, they put up a good fight, with a score of 152 not being enough, with Burn reaching the target for the loss of four wickets.
The Thirds travelled to Stockton & Hopgrove’s ground to play Dunnington and on a hot day, would have been glad to bat first. Six of the Ovington batsman reached double figures but it was the contributions of Sam Prangnell (51) and Rich Garside (48) that helped Ovington reach full batting points, finishing on 178-9. Dunnington, fielding a combination of young and old players, fell 87 runs short. Simon Rogerson, on debut and playing his first game for two seasons, took four wickets in a strong five over spell to help Ovington to victory.
The Under 13’s faced a strong Heworth team with a young team and put in a good performance. Bowling first, Heworth scored 102-4 in their 20 overs. Oliver Steel’s (who is still eligible for the Under 11’s) had an impressive spell of 4 overs, ending with figures of 1-9, while Finn Baqai went for 1-12 off his four overs. Ovington’s batting didn’t quite look like getting to that total, finishing on 67-5. Finn Baqai chipped in with 15, whilst Anton March hit a career best score of 14.
The Under 15’s looked like having a fair chance of victory after their innings, where they scored 96 against Gilberdyke. Tim Burgess recovered from being hit flush on the chest by a short ball to hit 30, while Jonny Evans also put in some impressive hitting to reach double figures. On an unforgiving Knavesmire square though, the Ovington bowling was put to the sword by the Gilberdyke pair of Render and Creaser, who scored 41 and 42 respectively. They led Gilberdyke to a relatively straightforward nine wicket win.
The Foss Evening League side face Woodhouse Grange Academy, at home, tomorrow evening.
Apologies for the condensed write-ups, normal service will resume next week.