Seconds win tough battle against Fulfordgate

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With no First Team fixture this weekend, it was up to the Second and Third Teams to represent Ovington. The forecast had looked bleak all week, but both games went ahead and were completed.

The Seconds faced Fulfordgate, who to their credit, had recruited heavily this week and fielded a reasonably strong XI. Fulfordgate batted first and five of their batsmen contributed to the final total of 208-9, with G.Bell top-scoring to get 50. There was a nasty collision between wicketkeeper Andrew Tomlinson and Ralph Sinclair, which led to Tomlinson having to vacate his wicket-keeping duties. Sinclair, though, managed to secure himself bowling figures of 4-41 from his ten overs. Andrew Hockenhull and Brandon Bishop also chipped in with two wickets apiece.

A target of 209 was going to be a tough one to chase down and the light was fading fairly rapidly. Tom Armes, batting at #3, hit 71 and looked in control before getting out with the score at 128-4. Armes had previously turned out a significant number of singles and that, combined with some short-running from other batsman, made the Fulfordgate score start to look unreachable. Armes’ long time batting partner in Jack Stearman (26) fell not too long after. It was the Ovington later order that really accelerated the score along in the closing overs, Andrew Hockenhull (25) helped Ovington in contention before a brilliant innings by Andrew Cole (32 not out from 17 balls), including two sixes, and Simon Rogerson (18 not out from 8 balls) who saw Ovington home in the final over.

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For the Third Team, they faced a Thorpe Willoughby side who had beaten them in their two previous meetings this season. On a good looking pitch, Ovington were put into bat and got off to a good start, with openers Kareem Baqai and Tim Burgess kept things ticking along. Then ensued a mini-batting collapse, before Harry Buckley (35) and Matthew Valks steadied the ship somewhat. Ovington continued to lose wickets though, and a late salvo from Luke Smith saw Ovington to score exactly 100. The timing of Tea was spot-on from a Thorpe Willoughby perspective as the rain poured throughout the Tea interval.

In response, Ovington struggled to dismiss the Thorpe Willoughby openers until Josh Fletcher secured two wickets with two separately awful deliveries. Dick Buckley also took two wickets via more conventional means and with the score at around 69-4, and the suspicion that there wasn’t much batting to come, the game was still up for grabs. Ovington missed out on a couple of opportunities though and with such a low score to defend, Thorpe Willoughby got them with five wickets remaining. Charlie Buckley took the other wicket, with a rare catch taken by Chris Geelan leading to rapturous celebrations.

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