It is the opening weekend of the season for both our senior and junior cricket teams here at Ovington – but the weather may intervene, with plenty of rain forecast and likely wet surfaces meaning that it’ll be an upwards struggle to get all the games on this coming week.
As a quick note – Junior Training tonight is cancelled.
We’d like to point out to all Club Members that we’d really appreciate registration to the Ovington Play Cricket site. It allows us to manage our teams much more efficiently and for Senior players, especially those in or around the First Team, registration is mandatory. To help us out, please visit http://www.ovingtoncc.co.uk/2018/02/16/register-ovingtons-play-cricket-site/ for detailed instructions.
Special thanks to all our Sponsors, who are helping the club continue to grow it’s Junior and Senior sections in 2018.
We’d also like one final plug for #OvoFantasyCricket – which begins on Saturday. Late registrations are allowed but don’t allow yourself to get too far behind. All the details can be found on our website or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
The First Team take the headlines this weekend as they make a long-awaited York & District Senior League appearance – away at the picturesque Londesborough Park (13:00 start).
The start of the season almost got off to a comical start, as we only realised around ten days ago that we had in fact, no registered players available to play. A mad-dash in terms of administration ensued, a transfer for a long-time player was secured and disaster was averted. The make-up of the Ebor 4th Division of the Senior League comprises of some new opposition and some old. North Cave only a couple of years ago provided some stern tests for Ovington as a whole, but they have a much different side out now. Drax and Ovington’s Senior sides used to do battle long-ago, I even remember travelling to score at Drax once in the back of a van when we only had two vehicles able to transport the entire team.
Given the traditional view that the Vale League Champions generally are extremely competitive in the bottom divisions of the Senior League, Ovington will be looking to make it back to back championships – especially as the shortened season means a hit to club finances. They’ve also received a Bye in their Cup competition, which means a second round tie against either Thirsk 1sts or Pickering 2nds. The team will be without stalwarts Tom Cookson, who has moved out of York, and Craig Nicoll, who has gone to play for Clifton Alliance and is in/around their first-team squad, a great standard of Cricket to be involved in. We wish them the best of luck. Finn Baqai is one of those who is making the step-up to replace them, and given his performances in the Third Team last season, there’s every chance this season will be a successful one.
Back in the Vale League and almost under the radar was the promotion of the Second Team, led by Dick Buckley. They secured promotion in the last two games, but it was always going to be whether league restructuring meant a stay in Div 2 or otherwise. A consolidation season is probably a realistic aim, with a mid-table finish a priority. They should remain competitive against most teams, with sides such as Westow, Kelfield, Burn and perhaps newly-promoted Thixendale, if they fancied it, all looking to reach the Senior League.
The Thirds are now under the control of Jimmy Taylor who has made numerous signings out of the Pubs around York. Departures and people moving up in terms of squads mean new signings were needed but there’s plenty of the old-guard still around. Rob Wallace looked promising in his one game last season and will play more of a role this time around, and with new players and juniors making the step-up, they’re looking forward to a good season.
The Junior season also gets underway this weekend – with U13’s playing on Sunday, weather permitting and the U15’s getting going on Monday. To keep in touch with all the Junior fixtures – I recommend a visit to our Play-Cricket site. Fixtures are on there and results will be too. http://ovington.play-cricket.com/
Again, many thanks to all our sponsors mentioned above, club members, parents and volunteers for keeping the show on the road over the winter. Hopefully we will see some Cricket in the not too distant future!
With just one day to go til the cricket season starts – a special thank you for our sponsors for helping us keep the show on the road over the winter @HeridaHealth @JWPCreers_LLP @Taylors @YorkCliftonPark @Knavesmirepub @BaynesWholesale @CWSolicitorsLLP @jgfielderandson @mkmbs
— Ovington CC (@OvoCricket) April 27, 2018