Two out of three ain’t bad


There’s been plenty of action over the weekend for Ovington sides and it was a relief that the weather didn’t get in the way too much, as all three sides were involved with completed matches. Two of our three senior sides are in serious contention of silverware at the end of the campaign, while the Third Team have a realistic chance of a trophy in the form of winning ‘Group B’ in the Third Division.

The First Team made the short trip on Saturday to the University, where they faced Askham Bryan. The hosts absolutely bossed the Second Division last season but have been struggling for results and players this season and found themselves towards the lower end of the table in 2017. Batting first, Askham Bryan could have lost key talisman Prahag Mohite for a golden duck as he was subject of a rather compelling LBW shout. He was their top-scorer as Iain Kirkup (three wickets), James Eckersley (two wickets) did the main damage as Askham Bryan limped to 97-9 from their 40 overs in a rearguard action.

Responding in that manner was never the Ovington manner and Tom Cookson quickly got to it with his recently purchased Rehmani Sports bat, hitting 54 from 39 balls, including two sixes, to settle the game with a minimum of fuss. Ovington eventually lost two wickets in chasing down the total and secured 30 points. In the other key game in the Vale League title race, Westow managed to defend a total of 185-7 and retained the eight point gap they face in chasing down Ovington.

The Second Team faced South Cave & Brantingham at Millthorpe School, who led the Division before the matches on Saturday. Match report courtesy of Liam Herringshaw.

All saints are sinners sometimes, and dropped catches, poor shots, and wayward bowling are just water under the bridge in the grand scheme of things. Nonetheless, the pure shores of the South Bank have probably never ever seen such a war of nerves as took place between Ovington II and South Cave at Millthorpe. The visitors were asked to bat, and a rock steady partnership between Chris Cook (31) and Sid Sharma (36) saw them reach 59-0 at drinks. Immediately afterwards, however, Jeb Forke took an appleton of a catch at short extra cover to dismiss Cook off the miserly bowling of Rick Buckley (11-1-21-3). Forke then claimed a wicket and, after Buckley dismissed Sharma, the relentless Jutlandian metronomy of Roger Simonsen (11-4-24-3) ensured the South Cave lower order had nothing to play with, the innings ending on 140-9.

After a fine repast, laden with marmalade and black coffee, we were hooked up for the Ovington reply. There were no big hits to begin with, as Anuj Bahl (11-3-14-1) kept a tight rhythm, but Ovo number one, Liam Herringshaznay (37) announced ‘I know where it’s at’ and blatted a few boundaries. Harrington Buckminster-Fullerene cracked a rapid 16, whilst Jonathan Slouch achieved the same score at a more sedate pace, but Ben Scorah (3-43) and Sid Sharma (2-46) kept popping up with wickets. 103-3 became 129-8, and you felt one strike might be all that was needed for Cave to stay top of the charts. It looked like squeaky bum time, but Alistair Slouch (11*) blocked such bootie calls from his mind and, in harmony with Simonsen, showed he offered R&B (runs and bowling), as Ovington won by two wickets with an over to spare. 

Liam Herringshaw is Ovington’s Club Secretary, Second Team Opening Batsman, Palaeontologist, Academic and published writer, who has had articles featured in ESPN’s The Cricketer, The Cricket Paper, Taking The Field and other publications. He was on the television show Countdown in 2011, winning five times before being defeated 93-112 by Graeme Cole (unfortunately not the Ovington CC namesake). He won the 2015 Cricket Yorkshire “Cricket Writer Of The Year” award. He can be found on Twitter, usually retweeting Fossil related items on his aptly named twitter handle @fossiliam

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The Third Team played on Sunday against a Stamford Bridge side, traditionally stronger on the day of rest. Thankfully it meant a visit to one of the nicer grounds in the competition and by all accounts, a fine tea was served at the interval. This tea break came much sooner than usually anticipated due to inclement weather, which led to a handful of rain delays. Prior to this saw some excellent batting by Jacob Lamb (32) and Jon Souch (28) set some good foundations, with Jed Fowke (24) supporting the scoreline well. The lower order didn’t score as many as they might have hoped, and in the end, Stamford Bridge kept Ovington III to 142-9.

Responding to the score, Finn Baqai kept things extremely tight in his opening spell, going for hardly any runs and was unlucky to only get the one wicket in that spell. Stamford Bridge kept things going along, albeit quite slowly, but retaining wickets in hand and it was not until towards the end that Finn Baqai bagged another two wickets for figures of 3-9, with Jack Walmsley, making a long-awaited senior debut for Ovington after controversially playing in the Wetherby League last season, bagging 2-18 himself. It wasn’t enough however, as Stamford Bridge got to the target with three wickets left in the locker.

The Foss Evening League side have had no luck in their past two scheduled fixtures as rain and teams conceding have got in their way. They hope to get back on track with a game on Wednesday with a home match versus Pocklington.

We would also like to congratulate Kelfield on their HPH Cup success in their win against Westow yesterday.

The actual trophy was feared lost as Chairman Alan Fletcher was summoned by the league to try and locate the trophy. After numerous hours of inquiries, it embarrassingly turned out that it was in Fletch’s dining room after all.


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