HPH Cup holders start with tough tie vs Burn

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It is the start of the Cup for all the Senior Ovington CC sides this weekend as the First Team, the current HPH Cup holders, face what could be the tie of the round in an away match against Burn. Our Seconds are also in HPH Cup action – with the Thirds playing in the Scothern Construction Cup.

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As previously mentioned, the Firsts travel to Burn (earlier 1pm start, Ovo will bat first) and the visitors will be looking to avenge the opening day defeat against The Linnets, which has blown the whole Vale League title race out into the open. Having won the HPH Cup for the last two seasons, Ovington will be looking to continue on their winning run since that opening weekend of the season.

Also competing in the HPH Cup is the Second Team by virtue of their top-half finish in 2016. They travel to First Division side Stockton & Hopgrove, who are yet to win themselves in four games in 2017. Our Second Team may go into the game as favourites, albeit they’ll need to recover from a serious blip last time when well-beaten by South Cave & Brantingham.

The Third Team play in the Scothern Construction, where they were beaten finalists in 2015. They face Third Division opposition in the form of Stamford Bridge II (at home on the Little Knavesmire) – who got their first win of the season last Sunday. They are a team that generally play their matches on a Sunday and may well be stronger for it, so a Saturday fixture may swing the balance in the favour of the home side. That being said, Rugby League and other events have depleted the Third Team quite significantly.

Throughout the weekend and onto next week, our Junior and Evening League sides are in action. The U13’s travel to Sheriff Hutton Bridge tomorrow morning, with the “B” side having a local, YO23 Derby against rivals Bishopthorpe. On Monday, the U15’s play Dunnington at home, which promises to be a tough task. The U11’s hard-ball team play York B, with last weeks winners the U11’s B team take a trip to North Duffield. Wednesday will see the Foss Evening League side travel to Pocklington.

Best of luck to all the Ovington sides and let us hope the weather stays fine this weekend.

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