The opening weekend of the season saw all three of our senior sides in action, and also the Under 15’s making their seasonal debut against local rivals Dringhouses. There was some contrasting fortunes for our teams this week.
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The Second Team had a home match on the Little Knavesmire versus Thorpe Willoughby to contend with and it was a low scoring game. Ovington, missing talismanic batsman Andy Cole, kept Thorpe Willoughby to 138-8 from their 40 overs. Dom Everard’s 3-24 and Iain Kirkup with 4-22, were the pick of the Ovington attack. A fairly low total on a beautiful looking pitch on the mire looked a soft target but Ovington found things difficult, opener Andrew Tomlinson’s 13 from 71 deliveries emphasising this. Tom Armes, Charlie Buckley and Andrew Hockenhull all got starts but Ovington were still a few short with one wicket remaining. Newly appointed captain, Dick Buckley, got the team home in the final over with 2 balls to spare.
We would also like to thank our sponsor, Knavesmire Butchers, for their raffle prize provided for Saturday’s game. It was won by a Thorpe Willoughby player, presented by Iain Kirkup
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There was similar success for the Third Team, whose youngsters did all the heavy lifting against Burn II. Bowling first, Finn Baqai grabbed two early wickets, ending up with figures of 2-13 while also taking two catches. There was similar success for 14 year old Toby Robinson, taking a wicket with his first ball and ending up with 4-14. The innings was then rounded off by Luke Smith, whose 1.3 overs left him with 3-7. Burn hobbled to a final score of 105 all out, with opener A Huetson carrying his bat for 42 not out.
Things looked a little dicy for Ovington in response with the score at 33-3, but again the Juniors came to the fore, with Finn Baqai playing a marvelous innings to end up with 34, batting for a long while with Jacob Lamb (19*). Toby Robinson’s 24 came in no time at all and looked to have sealed the game for Ovington, when, at 98-6, a mini batting collapse ensued. Things were tense but Ovington got over the line with two fours from Lamb, to win by 3 wickets.
The First Team however, in their important game against Burn, were unable to score a big enough total on a small ground. A total of 209-9 looked a tough ask to defend, and although Barry Steel secured figures of 3-24, the innings of Burn’s G.Clarke (89 not out) saw the home team to victory by four wickets.
The Under 15’s, in their match on Monday, were well-beaten by Dringhouses. Tim Burgess scored 24 with Jack Walmsley making double figures in a final total of 66. With a big outfield, it was always a tough ask to defend and even Jacob Lamb’s 2-14 could not dismiss Dringhouses opener H.Watkinson (34 not out) and he led the home side to victory by an eight wicket margin.
Both Under 13’s games were postponed due to St.Georges Day Parade, school trips and Football fixtures.