The weather forecast changed for the worse on Saturday morning and it meant that the Second team game never got started and the other two remaining Ovington games, were both reduced to a 20/20 format.
The Third Team had their final match of their season and went to Yapham. The rain started as the Ovington players arrived and with covers on, both teams waited until around 2pm before trying to make a start of it, with twenty overs apiece. Ovington, winning the toss and batting, got off to a fine start. Jimmy Taylor (31) and Richard Garside (36) put on 70 for the opening stand and put the in-form Yapham bowlers to the sword early on. It was the introduction of Matthew Stubbings who bamboozled the Ovington players with his slow off-spin. He took a hat-trick in his second over and with further wickets falling, Ovington went from 70-0 to 77-6. Dick Buckley (15) and Josh Fletcher put on 22 for the 7th wicket before both fell to over-enthusiastic straight drives. Ovington scraped a few runs at the end due to Matthew Valks (6 not out) and ended the innings on 108 all out. The Yapham bowler who made the best of the conditions and the Ovo batsmen generally throwing their wicket away, was A.Noble who got five wickets even though it was chucking it down for a large part of his spell. Stubbings ended up on four wickets.
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The weather continued to play its part, Jimmy Taylor struck earlier and generally economical bowling in the middle overs saw the Yapham batsmen getting behind the run-rate. Sam Noble carried his bat through to end up 42 not out, but his efforts weren’t enough as Ovington kept him off-strike in the latter part of the match. Playing in his first match in senior cricket, Thomas Farrell took a wicket in his first over (breaking one of the bails in the process) and was unfortunate not to get more wickets, finishing his four over spell with 1-20. Richard Garside had a bowling cameo and ended with figures of 2-2 from one over, with Dick Buckley also amongst the wickets. Yapham eventually fell 12 runs short.
The First Team, in their match which was sponsored by Carl Potter – Plumbing & Heating, was also restricted to a 20/20 affair versus Kelfield in a match that saw David Brummitt come out of retirement since Ovington got off a to a bad start and were 46-5 at one stage before the pairing of Joe Whale (43) and Dom Kitching (31 not out) put on 76 for the 6th wicket and left Ovington on the fairly competitive total of 122-6 from their 20 overs. M.Walker took four wickets for the visitors. In response, the Ovington bowling didn’t really make significant in-roads and the Kelfield batsmen got to the target with a minimum of fuss with seven wickets remaining. Dom Kitching was awarded the Sponsors Man of the Match award due to his exploits with the bat.
Both the First and Seconds are in action next week – but that rounds off the season for the Third team, who will end the campaign in 5th place. Who knows what division or format of cricket they will be playing in next season, with a rumoured Saturday 20/20 Vale League (please no) and some teams unlikely to survive the winter, meaning it may be a completely different looking Vale League next season.