Funday is THIS SUNDAY & Ovington news round-up


Firstly – The Annual Funday is THIS SUNDAY the 3rd July on the Little Knavesmire. The Funday is one of the highlights of the Ovington calendar and includes a six-a-side competition for junior, seniors and parents, alongside a BBQ, Tuck Shop, Bar and a Raffle/Tombola. Registration for the six-a-side begins at 11am and the Funday lasts all afternoon. If you’re not able to make it in the morning, please feel free to come along in the afternoon.

It’s one of the best and well-attended days in the Ovington year and we’d very much hope to see you there. Some further details and pictures can be found on the website:

In other news, the York Vale League have announced that the Little Knavesmire “ban” for YVCL games has now been lifted. So we are free to play senior matches on the Little Knavesmire once again on a Saturday.

Last weekend saw the First Team title aspirations suffer another blow as their match against Kelfield was lost to the weather. Ovington batted first and put a considerable total on the board,  with Pete Kelly’s 133 not out the highlight in a score of 234-4. Craig Nicoll also contributed 44. The rain arrived soon after the start of the Kelfield innings and the game was abandoned.

The Seconds had better luck, beating Stillingfleet by three wickets. Stillingfleet were hampered by some good bowling by Benji Busby (4-44) and Simon Rogerson, only reaching 138 all out. Ovington made heavy weather of the total, losing plenty of wickets in the process but Joe Whale’s 74 was the cornerstone of the Ovington innings as they got home by 3 wickets.

The Third Team put in a decent bowling performance, with Brandon Bishop’s 5-14 the highlight as they restricted Pocklington to 128. With a reduced 35 overs game, Ovington would have fancied their chances but a dramatic batting collapse, with five golden ducks and Pock bowler Pete Eastwood securing two separate hat-tricks, saw Ovington 23-9. Finn Baqai, playing his second game in the Seniors, showed tremendous maturity to see off the opening bowling, ending up on 24 and although Ovington were well-short of the target, ended on a slightly more respectable 57 all out.

In the Juniors, the Under 15’s played on Monday against York “B”. Joe Doyle’s quick-fire 27, including five boundaries and Jonny Evans’ 18 helped Ovington reach a decent score of 105-6. Unfortunately for Ovington, a big umpiring decision didn’t go there way and the York #2 & #3 made best use of it, Jacob Lamb’s 3-29 was in vain as York got home for the loss of three wickets with around four overs remaining.

In the U13’s, Woodhouse Grange won in a thriller by 7 wickets, needing 1 run off the last two balls! Ovington won the toss and decided to bat and made 101 from 20 overs. The stand out batting for Ovington was Finn Baqai who scored 29 not out, Jack Walmsley who scored 26 and Toby Robinson who scored 21. Woodhouse grange scored 102 with two balls to spare, with their top score posted by
Josh Mathews who retired on 32. The pick of the Ovington bowlers was Jacob Lamb with 4 overs 2 wicket for 15 runs and Jack Walmsley with 4 overs 1 wicket for 12 runs.

Two days later, Ovington Under 13’s played all conquering Yapham who knocked out York in the previous round. Ovington won the toss and decided to bat scoring, 94 for 4 in 20 overs. Finn Baqai retired out on 31, Jacob Lamb ending up on 23 not out and Toby Robinson  contributing with 19.Yapham knocked off the runs in 16 overs losing 2 wickets, the best figures for the Ovington bowlers were Finn Baqai 4 overs for 15 runs with 1 wicket, Jacob Lamb 4 overs for 26 runs with 1 wicket and both were supported with some tight bowling from Jack Walmsley. In the end, with a small total to defend, some of the Ovington bowling was a little too short allowing Yapham to get to the total with relative ease. (Thanks to Kareem Baqai for the U13 match reports).

Ovington Firsts play Stockton & Hopgrove back on the Little Knavesmire on Saturday. The Seconds play Hemingbrough away while the Thirds are at Millthorpe School against Thorpe Willoughby II.



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