Fowke’s Foss side beaten as rain threatens weekend


The Cricket Season rolls on but with some poor weather forecast, it’s touch and go whether many of our teams will get a run-out over the course of the next few days.

Catching up with some of the games from the last week saw the Foss Evening League side in a closely fought match against Aviva Vikings. This thrilling Wednesday evening encounter saw the hosts edge their way over the finishing line on the penultimate ball of their innings. After a promising start, hitting 10 off the first over, Ovington took the game to the hosts. Fine bowling by Abid Hussain (2-22), saw the visitors restricted to 47-3 after 8 overs. Matt Besford and Jed Fowke (28no) combined to add to 63 for the fourth wicket, before Besford was bowled on 48. Ovington continued to push on, reaching 125-4 from 16 overs.

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Aviva Vikings started well, but were soon pegged back by Ovington’s opening bowling attack, and good work in the field. Benjamin Busby posted figures of 2-28, as wickets began to tumble, with some smart catches being taken by Harry Buckley and Tom Armes. A strong batting performance by Sankara Dakshinamurthy (64no), saw him almost single-handedly carry the home side to victory. The winning runs came with only 2 balls remaining, as the ball was edged to the boundary. (Additional reporting by Jeremy Fowke)

Onto the future now and Saturday sees all three Senior sides in action – but with rain in the air, anything is possible. The First Team travel to Queen Margaret’s School at Escrick to play Ben Johnson, who earlier this week were on the look-out for loan players. They pulled off a surprise win against Clifton last Saturday, but will go into the game as outsiders against an Ovington team in winning form.

The Seconds are the sole home side in action on Saturday, and the game will have a carnival atmosphere in the background as the actual Knavesmire holds the York Pride Festival. The Seconds face Thixendale who are towards the top of the league and seem to have amassed a very decent batting side in their recovery from oblivion a few years back.

The Thirds travel to Yapham (the actual Yapham ground and not Bishop Wilton) to face Yapham II. They have covers at Yapham’s ground and at the time of writing (11am), the game is yet to be cancelled. It should be a close encounter if it goes ahead between two sides at a similar level in the Division Three hierarchy.

For the Juniors – there’s games for the U13’s “A” at home tomorrow vs Londesborough Park CC, while the “B’s” go against Clifton Alliance “B”. The U15’s are at home to Heworth, with  U11’s and U9’s games going on through the week.

Best of luck to all the Ovington sides playing today and over the next few days, let us hope the weather allows some games to be finished.




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