Top of the table clash as Firsts travel to Westow

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Now we are past halfway in the Ovington Senior season, games have an added importance but the two front-runners at the top of the York Vale League Division One face off as our First Team travel to Westow. Our other teams are in action (weather permitting). We also have some good news from a couple of our other teams to catch up on.

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A quick catch-up with some of the news from our other teams this week, as the U11 incrediball team beat Hemingbrough on Friday night by 48 runs, with Joe Fowke taking 2-5. Alex How hit the only boundary of the game. After defeating Poppleton on Thursday night, that’s two wins in two days for the U11 incrediball team.

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Tom Cookson smashed 82 as Ovington secured their third win on the bounce, beating Heslington Centurions by 32 runs at The Outgang. The visitors raced to 73, before Tom Ashby was bowled by Pankaj Saini in 9th over. Tom Armes (51) and Cookson combined to add a further 94 runs, before Armes fell to Centurions skipper Lewis Wrathall (2-19), who also picked up the wicket of Cookson with the final ball of Ovington’s innings.

The home side made a steady start, before losing 2 wickets in the 5th over with only 29 runs on the board. Lewis Wrathall (60no) provided some much needed momentum to Heslington’s innings, but couldn’t prevent Ovington’s Hussain Ahmed (3-26) and Charlie Buckley (2-23) from racking up the wickets. Despite the unbeaten Wrathall continuing to push the Centurions forward, they fell short by 32 runs.

Westow is the destination for our First Team today as they travel there in search of taking another step to the First Division title. Westow are just 3 points behind Ovington and have only lost the once this season in all competitions. With Westow 30+ points clear of third, this is a massive game for both teams title hopes. Our First Team are missing a few key players through unavailability and injury, and with Westow’s confidence on a high after reaching the HPH Cup Final last Sunday, they’re a huge threat for a team potentially needing to bounce back after a sub-par performance vs Kelfield on Sunday.

With John Smith’s Cup day at York Racecourse – the Seconds are exiled to Millthorpe School for their home game vs Hemingbrough. Both teams were struggling for a side earlier in the week – and it is a key match for Ovo, especially with the top of the table so congested in Division Two and Hemingbrough towards the bottom. At 9am this morning, Head Groundsman Alan Fletcher was confident of the match taking place unless a deluge of rain was to occur in the late morning/early afternoon.

The Third Team face a trip to Selby, which isn’t certain to go ahead due to past experiences of this particular Selby ground when rain is around. Selby have not won this season on the field but have taken a couple of teams close in the past few weeks and seem to be managing to put together a side at this stage in the season, which definitely merits respect given some teams may have just given up after their selection woes. The Thirds need 11 points to guarantee themselves a top six finish, although if they failed to do that, it would require Burn (vs Malton), Dunnington (vs Tadcaster) and Stamford Bridge (vs unbeaten Bishopthorpe) to all win for Ovo to finish seventh.

Good luck to all our sides this weekend – and hope to see you at the Funday!

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