Burn beaten but Kelfield KO Firsts from HPH Cup

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There was lots of key games over the course of the weekend, as the First Team had two games, one a HPH Cup Semi-Final, the Seconds with a key game in their search for the Division Two title and the Thirds who are still needing victories to guarantee themselves a top six finish for when their Division splits into two. The U13’s were also in action in a cup semi-final. There was some mixed results for Ovo sides.

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Saturday saw the First Team looking to get the better of a Burn side who had turned them over on the opening day of the season. This time however, the result could not have been more different. Burn were torn apart by some fantastic Ovington bowling performances and were well-beaten. At 49-3, the game was still fairly even poised after some economical bowling from Dom Kitching (1-9 from seven overs) but a brilliant spell of bowling from Neil Metcalfe (4-19) in addition to Barry Steel’s 2-6 from six overs, saw the Burn batting line-up unable to cope and they were all out for 96. Responding to that low total, it would have taken a monumental effort from the away side to get close and Ovo reached the total for the loss of just one wicket. Tom Cookson’s 56 not out from 41 balls and Tom Armes’ 30 not out from 32 balls saw them home with a minimum of fuss.

At Thorpe Willoughby, it was a much closer affair as two sides towards the top of the division showed themselves to be pretty evenly matched, in what one observer dubbed “The Thriller at Thorpe Willoughby”. The pitch looked great but had some hidden secrets and batting first, Ovington were in trouble early on at 40-3. Lots of the Ovo batting got starts, with four reaching double figures, but with a top score of 16, it was never looking like setting a convincing total and the Seconds eventually fell for 94 all out, criminally only using 30.1 overs.

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Of course, Thorpe Willoughby had to get the runs on a tricky wicket and they immediately hit some serious strife, succumbing to at one stage, 45-6. Simon Rogerson’s (3-28) and Iain Kirkup’s (4-29) put Ovington firmly in the drivers seat. However, Tony Hinch for Thorpe had others ideas, as he almost single-handedly guided them to the target total. He ended up on 45 not out, although he was dropped three times and there was two half-chances that just didn’t go to hand. Thorpe Willoughby crawled over the line after a valiant fielding effort with only 10 balls remaining.

The Third Team needed a win to help them secure sixth place and although results didn’t go their way, so they still require a win next Saturday to be absolutely sure of securing that place, they did their bit by beating Stamford Bridge. It was the third time the two sides had met, and bowling first, the Ovo attack did their job perfectly. 72-3 became 109 all out as Luke Smith’s 3-18 and Jon Souch’s 2-22 did the damage.

In response, Rich Garside (25) and Jacob Lamb (36 not out) got Ovo off to a good start, before Dom Everard (37 not out), playing due to an excess of numbers in the Teams higher up, made light work of the target set by Stamford Bridge and led Ovo to a nine wicket win. The Thirds face bottom of the table Selby on Saturday and would need to lose, and results elsewhere to go against them (including Stamford Bridge to win against unbeaten Bishopthorpe) to miss out on a top six spot.

As you can probably tell by it’s position further down the match reports, that Sunday’s fixture for the First Team against Kelfield did not go well. They were well-beaten in the end, concluding an amazing run of victories in the Cup competition. Kelfield put a formidable total of 251-5 on the board and Ovington struggled to make significant in-roads, perhaps batting too aggressively early on and they were all-out for 91. We’d like to wish Dom Kitching a speedy recovery from a shoulder injury occurring whilst batting.

The cup semi-final stage was also as far as it went for the U13’s who lost against York in their cup competition. Some conservative batting towards the end, wrong under the circumstances, and a bowler or two missing from the usual suspects, contributed towards the defeat. The U15’s were beaten yesterday in a one-sided game vs Clifton Alliance.

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