The season is in the closing weeks of August now and there remains no change in the First Division title race, as both Ovington Firsts and Westow picked up wins in their respective fixtures to keep the points difference at eight points. There was also important contests for both the Second and Thirds.
Our First Team travelled to Melbourne and faced a difficult looking square to play on. The hosts batted first but hit trouble early on, with some economical bowling from openers Nicoll and Kitching keeping things in check, Nicoll bowling four maidens from five overs. It was not until the introduction of Neil Metcalfe did Ovington make real wicket-taking inroads, dismissing three of the top five batsmen in a stunning spell of bowling, eventually ending up with figures of 5-14 from nine overs. Two wickets from Benji Busby and one from James Eckersley kept Melbourne to a meager total of 71 all out. The Ovo top order were never really in any trouble but lost three wickets in their chase of the total. Craig Nicoll got 31 not out, with Tom Cookson getting 22 with the total knocked off in less than 14 overs, with bad weather approaching.
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Title rivals Westow also won their game at the weekend, so the gap between the two teams remains at eight points. The whole title race however has been thrown into tedium, as neither team is eligible for promotion according to the York Vale League. A Club Committee meeting is to be held today (Tuesday 15th) in order to decide the best way forward.
Sam Dixon came with a big reputation due to pre-season nets and is finally starting to show all of that ability, a match-winning total last week at Burythorpe and then hitting 93 of the 175-9 picked up by the Seconds in their home game against Yapham. Dixon was cruelly run-out, just seven short of his century and he dominated the innings, with only opener Liam Herringshaw (20) and Andrew Tomlinson (17) getting any other score of note.
A target of 176 is about par on the Little Knavesmire but Ovington’s bowlers had Yapham in all sorts of disarray as they were 50-8. The trio of Simon ‘Danish’ Rogerson (2-11), Andrew ‘Viscount’ Hockenhull (2-7) and skipper Dick ‘Head’ Buckley (2-17) did the majority of the early damage, before Charlie Buckley’s leg-spin mopped up the tail with 3-9 from 3.3 overs. It left Yapham woefully short of the total, all-out for 88.
The gap between Thixendale and Ovington at the top of Division Two is now three points. Our Seconds face the long trip to Thixendale on Saturday and with key personnel missing from the Ovo line-up, it will be an uphill task to get the better off a strong Thixendale team.
The Third Team are involved in their own mini-battle as they look for Third Division – Group B honours. Having lost 2/3 games prior to Saturday, it was always going to be an uphill task. Match report provided by Sam Prangnell.
Ovington stand in skipper Jimmy Taylor won the toss and elected to bat first on a dry afternoon. Ovington Lost Opener Jacob Lamb in the 3rd over with the score on 9, however two decent partnerships followed with Rich Garside (14) and Sam Prangnell (33) sharing a stand of 47 and Joe Warn scoring 30 off 26 balls, taking the score to 90-2 at drinks. Prangnell soon followed Warn back to the hut and with the score on 124 Ovington lost there last 5 wickets for 13 runs. A. Jackson Bowled a tight 12-0-26-3 & First team regular Danny Crockford a devastating 9-2-19-5 mopping up Ovington’s tail in the 34th over.
Not to be outdone Ovington’s opening bowlers bowled a superb opening spell, 13 year old Jack Walmsley bowling 5-1-5-1 with only 3 runs coming off the bat. The accurate Jon Souch picking up 7-1-12-4 with Thorpe found themselves 7-3 before a 20 minute rain delay and 11-5 after 10 overs began recovering when First team opener Andy Kirk batting at 8 came to the crease. Hover Ovington’s young spin duo Jacob Lamb 3-0-9-1 had Kirk Bowled dragging on and Luke smith 3-0-15-2 removing the dangerous Crockford Ovington sealed a 55 run win in the 27th over.