First title hopes fade with Tie against Wheldrake

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It was always going to be a uphill struggle for the First Team to win the title this season, they needed to pretty much win every game and hope results went their way. They didn’t, however, uphold the first part of that bargain as they were involved in a dramatic Tie against Wheldrake. The Seconds and Thirds were also in action.

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As previously mentioned, the First Team were in action against Wheldrake. In the reverse fixture, Ovington won comfortably and would have been hoping for more of the same. Batting first, Ovington were 5-2 at one stage and their batting had to constantly rebuild. The one almost constant through the early part of the innings was Craig Nicoll, who scored 81 from 84 balls. He was supported by Stefan Littlewood (37 from 24) and, once Nicoll and Littlewood were out, the innings was rounded off by captain Barry Steel, who hit 43 not out from 28 to leave Ovington on 204-9 from their 40 overs. Dave Fearn was the pick of the Wheldrake bowlers with four wickets.

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Many thanks to The Slip Inn for sponsoring the Third Team game against Pocklington last Saturday

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In response to the Ovington total, Wheldrake were relatively conservative in their run chase, they were however, 154-3 at one stage and looking like favourites to win the game, especially with Anthony Carter at the crease. He eventually fell for 92 and the game remained finely in the balance. C.Munro came in at #7 and hit 17 to mean that Wheldrake only needed 4 from the last over to win the game. Ovington, with Barry Steel bowling, rallied, leaving the game finely poised with one ball left. Wheldrake needed one to Tie, two to win. They managed to run a bye in the last ball to Tie the game and pretty much end the First Team title hopes.

For the Second Team, they had the long trip to South Cave with the luxury (see later) of having ten players. Ovington batted well to their credit, with Matthew Roberts making his seasonal reappearance hitting an impressive 77. Andy Cole was also amongst the runs, making 51. Ovington reached full batting points, with a final total of 178-4. In reply, South Cave reached the total for the loss of six wickets, with the South Cave batting line-up proving too strong.

There was also a defeat for the Thirds, who only had nine men. Pocklington had the same number on Friday but managed to dip into the loan system to reach the full 11. With limited bowling options, Ovington batted first and made a cautious start. Once Pete Eastwood, who had secured two hat-tricks in the earlier meeting between the sides, was seen off, Ovington picked up the run-rate. Club stalwart Alan Fletcher reached 29 from 31 overs, mostly supporting the batting of Will Osborne, who attacked from the 25th over and racked up the boundaries to end up on 87. A late batting collapse saw Ovington fail to reach 175, with young leg-spinner T.Baty getting 4-25 to leave Ovington 169-7.

Ovington had little in the way of usual bowlers and with only 9 fielders, were slowly picked apart by the young Pocklington batting line-up. T.Baty backed up his four wickets with 60 not out, while he was supported by fellow junior H.Jackson, who got 58. Pocklington only lost two wickets in their reply, with Josh Fletcher picking up both for his 2-29. Ovington dropped a few catches but the gaps in the field proved too much and Pock ran out eight wicket winners.

Many thanks again for The Slip Inn for providing match sponsorship for this game!

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