Crunch game in Vale League title chase

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There wasn’t as much Cricket as people would have liked last weekend as the weather closed in, in no uncertain terms, only one senior game beat the weather at the weekend. There were also wins for our junior teams. This weekend sees two teams playing on the Sunday, and one is a vital game in the hunt for the Vale League title.

Back to last week briefly, and the First Team were the only side to beat the weather on Saturday. They faced Burn in the HPH Cup. (I couldn’t get hold of the scorebook this week to make a match report, so here’s one taken from the YorkVale Cricket website. – Cup holders Ovington elected to bat on a dry hard Linnet Park wicket and Tom Cookson (66) and Pete Kelly (39) got off to a fast start taking on the quick Burn attack. The pair put on 92 in 10 overs before Tim Burgess (33) entered the fray. A couple of rain delays seemed to affect the concentration of Ovington’s middle order batsmen and the Burn attack, led by Alex Webster (4-58) forced their side back into the game with a flurry of wickets. Ovington eventually finished on 235-9. Burn’s innings never really got started and none of the batsman got in to build a decent score apart from Harry Cruise (57). Neil Metcalfe was once again the best of Ovington’s bowlers taking 5-42 as Burn were bowled out for 174.The result saw sweet revenge for Ovington as they had lost their opening league game of the season at Burn.

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The Seconds and Thirds both had their games abandoned after starting, with the Thirds definitely in a strong position having kept Stamford Bridge to 64-4 before Rain Stopped Play. Luke Smith the bowling highlight with two wickets. The Seconds rearranged their cup tie with Stockton & Hopgrove to Friday night and were comprehensively beaten in a 20/20 game. Ovington batted first and reached 77, before Stockton, with the assistance of big-hitting Giles Smith, knocked the total off with a minimum of fuss.

The Under 15’s had a great win to celebrate on Monday night, beating Dunnington in a tense final over decider. Dunnington needed 4 to win off the final ball and their shot almost reached the boundary, they only managed to run three in the end and one was a short-run, so Dunnington fell a couple of runs short.

Onto this weekend and two away games on a Sunday for Ovo sides – with the First Team facing an important clash with Clifton Alliance. The promoted Div II side have made a perfect start to their Vale League campaign and will be a tough test for our First Team, on a pitch that has had some low scoring games already this season. The Thirds take the trip to Dunnington on Sunday, while the Second Team play at home on Saturday, but due to the Races, will play at Millthorpe School.

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