Aviva Vikings 186-7dec beat Ovington 127-7 by 59 runs.
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With usual captain Jeremy Fowke away and Ovington languishing near the bottom of the table in poor form, usual tactics weren’t working and Ovington decided to experiment with some overs from players who don’t get much of a bowl. We were unaware however, that we were playing against some cricketers who usually play at a much higher level than the Vale League and Ovington were punished accordingly. Opening bowler Josh Fletcher got 1-33 from four overs, which doesn’t look too amazing, but elsewhere the Ovo bowlers were put to the sword with the second over of the game, for example, going for 24. Parvav Khan hit 95 and Sultan Masood hit 54 in a massive second wicket partnership. Ovington had so many chances and dropped a scary amount of chances in the deep, Dom Everard struggled to make the catches stick and was the main culprit, with Andrew Tomlinson’s bowling not receiving the rewards it should have from the amount of drops in the deep. Their stand was only ended by a good catch from junior Thomas Irwin, which led to a revival as Dom Everard 4-21 and Dom Kitching 2-6 pulled it back from a poor position to keep Aviva from reaching 200, a total that looked inevitable after 12 overs. Aviva Vikings declared with one ball remaining.
In response and in awful conditions, Ovington couldn’t get close. “Viscount” Andrew Hockenhull looked solid given he had pulled up lame just before coming on to bowl earlier in the game. Unlike any injured horses his landed gentry family may have once owned, he wasn’t euthanised once injured and managed to score 20 with some impressive shots. Ovington struggled in the conditions until Andrew Tomlinson (36 from 32 balls) and Dom Everard hit 19 to add some respectability to fall 59 short, with the game finishing in the dark and with it having rained consistently for over an hour. Parvav Khan got 3-14 and Ankur Agarwal finished on 2-10.