Ovington retain the HPH Cup with win against Hirst Courtney

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The First Team pulled off their second successive HPH Cup win as they beat Hirst Courtney this afternoon by 154 runs.

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It was a topsy-turvy afternoon for Ovington as, batting first on a track well-known in recent weeks for keeping low, things might not be quite straightforward. The track looked in prime condition, however. At 0-2 off the first over, things looked bleak as Jake Wild threatened the Ovington batting pretty much with every ball. Neil Metcalfe (17) lasted longer than his fellow top-order batsman, but his dismissal left Ovington 33-4. With captain Barry Steel getting out soon after, and a score of 48-5 on the board, retaining the HPH Cup looked a tough ask.

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Top Row (L to R): Craig Nicoll, Ben Morrison, Brandon Bishop (12th Man), Dom Everard, Neil Metcalfe, Stefan Littlewood, Pete Kelly Bottom Row (L to R): Dom Kitching, Matt Besford, Barry Steel (Cpt), Joe Whale, Tim Burgess (Wkt)

It was Joe Whale, batting at five, who steadied the ship with 32 from 69 deliveries. He was accompanied by Matt Besford, who prepared for the Cup Final by staying out until 5am in the morning. He managed to avoid any trouble, or being grounded, and played a near perfect innings, ending up at a run-a-ball 96 not out. Whale and Besford in total put on 92 for the fifth wicket. Stefan Littlewood, after a slow start, hit a spectacular 54 from 34 balls, including two enormous straight sixes, with one being caught one-handed through a crowd of spectators by Craig Nicoll. The barrage of late hitting by Ovington saw a rough situation turn into the imposing total of 236-6. Jake Wild for Hirst took 4-40 from his ten overs.

With 236-6 on the board, Hirst needed a good start and with their top order in good form of late, they might have fancied their chances of getting close. It wasn’t to be, as Copeland was dismissed by Barry Steel with the score at 18 and the dangerous Phil Alford, who had hit a century against our second team last week, only managed 3. A full scale batting collapse then ensued, either due to some tidy bowling, with Dom Kitching having an incredible spell of 4 overs, four wickets for five runs. Him, alongside Barry Steel (4-22) did the damage. Hirst were 36-9 at some stage but the pairing of Luke Mitchell and Niall Langhan put on over 40 in a determined last stand to bring Hirst to 82, before Steel finally got his man and Ovington could be officially declared as HPH Cup winners, once again.

Thoughts for the First Team now turn back to the League, and they will need some luck with the weather most probably as Bishopthorpe managed to salvage a win against Burn yesterday. Full reports from those games will be posted in due course.

Wish all the First Team the best in their celebrations tonight!

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