The weather got involved last weekend for Ovington’s First Team, as the Little Knavesmire was deemed unfit to play Cricket on last Saturday and the scheduled match vs Kelfield was cancelled. Two other matches, including one at Millthorpe School, managed to survive the elements and both have tense finishes, in vastly different circumstances.
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Rupert the Hirst Courtney dachshund seemed particularly animated as he welcomed Ovington II to the Oval. Perhaps, like many others, he’d not been expecting a game, given the amount of rain that had fallen in the week. It was no surprise, then, that on winning the toss, visiting captain Dick Buckley put Hirst in on a green, soft-topped wicket. Dominic Everard (8-1-8-2) was soon making use of it, as the home team slumped to 9-3, but it was Danish maths teacher Roger Simonsen who did the real damage, claiming his first Ovington ‘Michelle’ to finish with a brilliant 5-32. Hirst were skittled for just 45, and only A. Barraclough (18) reached double figures.
In reply, Ovington got to 16-0 without alarm, but then suddenly threw away three wickets. When Liam Herringshaw fell for 15, it was 28-4, and that soon became 32-6, as A. Hinchcliffe (3-14) and B. Brown (2-6) threatened to pull off the most preposterous of victories. Rupert the dachshund was yapping with delight, and no-one knew where the next run was coming from. Thankfully, Andrew Tomlinson and Dom Everard batted very sensibly, eventually settled the visitors’ nerves, and after 28 consecutive dot balls, Tomlinson hit a four and a single to squeak Ovington over the line in the 26th over. Rupert slunk home in dejection, but his team’s bowlers had made a real fight of it. Report provided by Liam Hurringshaw
For the Third Team, a delayed start against Thorpe Willoughby II saw Ovo put into bat on a drying, but potentially tricky wicket. The great work of Alan Fletcher and Peter Smith paid dividends as Ovington reached a fair total of 165-9 from their 40 overs. Jimmy Taylor top-scored with 48, with best friend Rich Garside (28) and Finn Baqai (26) contributing significantly. That total looked like it was going to be knocked off with a minimum of fuss due to a below-par fielding effort and an opening stand of 87. Wickets started to fall however, with the spin bowling of vastly improved Luke Smith (2-28) making in-roads into the top-order. Two more wickets came the way of Jacob Lamb, while Finn Baqai held his nerve in the final overs to mean Thorpe Willoughby were 13 runs short at the end.
Onto the weekend and the weather threatens once again – with key games at the top end of both the top two divisions. The First Team face Askham Bryan at the University, while the Seconds host South Cave & Brantingham at Millthorpe School. The visitors on this occasion fill top spot in a devilishly tight race to the title in Division Two, with the top five kept apart by just 20 points. The Third Team play on Sunday, travelling to Stamford Bridge for their second game in “Group B” of the Third Division.