Saturday avoided the worst of the weekend weather that faced York on Sunday and all three Senior sides were in action. Alongside that, the Foss Evening League side faced a trip to Melbourne, while there was also a first success in a long while for a Junior Team.
The First Team played Askham Bryan, who have a formidable top-order batting line-up and have put some big scores past teams in the past, namely the infamous “nine-ball fifty” subjected to our second team last year. Askham Bryan were put into bat by Ovington captain Barry Steel and Askham got off to an excellent start, being 111-2 at one stage and looking in a formidable position. Some fine bowling by Neil Metcalfe, making his return after an absence to “an attendance at an Umpiring course” of 5-32, with Barry Steel 2-24 and Dom Kitching’s late wickets (3-52) kept Askham to the fair total of 193 all out, especially given their position earlier in the innings.
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The Ovington batting line-up then took Askham Bryan to the sword. Without our usual opening batsman, Tom Armes staked a claim for more regular place in the top-order, carrying his bat to 68 not out. Pete Kelly got 36 with Craig Nicoll hitting 69 not out. That got Ovington to the total in double-quick time, only needing 21 overs in an emphatic victory.
Also among the winners this weekend in Ovington colours were the Third Team, who were looking to avoid the obvious threat caused by Pock bowler Pete Eastwood, who last season took two separate hat-tricks. Openers Rich Garside and Kareem Baqai saw off Eastwood and put on 136 for the first wicket, before Baqai fell for 46. Garside ended up on 80 in a fine innings, which with some additional support from Jimmy Taylor (26) – it gave Ovington a great total to defend of 205-4.
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The returning Joe Bateson opened the bowling for the Thirds in his first game for a while, and the wickets were spread around the team fairly evenly. Finn Baqai and Luke Smith both got two wickets each, and although there was a few tense moments late on, Pocklington lost wickets at a crucial time and eventually fell 32 runs short.
It has been three seasons since the U11’s ‘Incrediball’ team have won a match but they finally got a well-deserved victory last week against Thorpe Willoughby. With the ball, Benjamin Burland 4-2, George Smith 2-8 and Beth McNichol 2-6 did the hard work for Ovington, while Joe Fowke’s 11 not out was the main performance with the bat. Ovington lost seven fewer wickets than their opponents and were 44 runs in front at the end. A great effort all round. It was a double success for the U11 sides as the “A” team that play hard-ball cricket won by 11 runs.
The Second Team, previously unbeaten in 2017, were easily beaten away at South Cave & Brantingham. Subway sandwiches at Pocklington services prior to the game for some of the players were almost certainly the cause of the poor performance.
The Foss Evening League side were also well-beaten on a difficult looking Melbourne pitch, the home team only losing two wickets in chasing down a total of 118. Benji Busby’s 25 not out for Ovington being one of the highlights. Their match this week was cancelled due to the weather.
(Apologies for no preview for last weeks game, normal service will resume this week, weather permitting)