Pocklington 94-4 (B Thompson 51no; Charlie Buckley 2-17, Joe Bateson 2-32) beat Ovington 91-8 (Joe Browning 33no, Jed Fowke 25; B Thompson 2-3, H Jackson 2-8, B Lister 2-8) by 6 wickets.
Imagine the scenes. It’s 5:15pm on Wednesday evening. Your opening bowler’s boat has broken down on the Great Ouse (marooned in Naburn), your all-rounder has gone AWOL, and you need to get to Pocklington for a 6:30pm start. Standard stuff for a Foss Evening League game.
As the first ball was bowled, Ovington had only 6 batsmen lined up to take a stand against Pocklington, on what proved to be a pretty lifeless wicket. Skipper Jed Fowke (accompanied by Browning and Bateson) was otherwise engaged on ‘Operation Blacksmith’s Arms’, to rescue Ovington pace-man Andy Hockenhall, after he became stranded at Naburn (luxury yacht problems). In the meantime, the search for all-rounder Hussain Ahmed had been abruptly called off.
The visitors got off to a faltering start, losing 3 wickets in their first 5 overs, with B Lister doing the damage, on his way to taking 2-8. Charlie Buckley helped to slow the decline, whilst adding 16 runs in the process. With 4 wickets down, and no more batsmen to field, the cavalry finally arrived! Well, sort of.
Jed Fowke (25) and Joe Browning (33no) added 49 runs for the 8th wicket, with Browning smashing 5 fours and a six. Ovington finished on 91-8 from their 20 overs, which was always going to be a tough total to defend.
Pocklington raced to 24, before A Ashby (11) fell to the bowling of Joe Bateson (2-34) in the 4th over (caught Littlewood), who also picked up a further wicket in the 6th over (catch to Jon Souch). Further wickets fell in the 10th and 12th overs, with Charlie Buckley posting figures of 2-17. Special mention goes out to Pete Kelly, who took an excellent catch at long-on, after the ball was smashed high into the summer sky. Comedy moment of the match goes to Andy Hockenhall for his Fellaini-esque heading of the ball (clearly focusing on the Europa Cup Final).
Pocklington’s B Thompson finished unbeaten on 51 (9 fours), smashing a 4 to clinch the match for Pocklington, with 7 overs to spare.
Next up is Thixendale at home on Wednesday, 31st May (Little Knavesmire).