The Senior Season got off to a wet start last weekend – with no games taking place for our three teams. The Juniors and Foss Evening League sides, did get to see some Cricket over the past few days. We’ll give you a review of what happened there, alongside a preview of some of the coming games, below.
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Not much Cricket to report on for last week in terms of Senior sides, but we did have teams representing Ovington in other age-groups. It all started with the U13’s B team, who managed to get their home game vs Stamford Bridge to go ahead. Batting first, the visiting Stamford Bridge scored 83-5 from their 20 overs, with Fenton Griffiths hitting six 4’s in his 30 not out. It wasn’t all one way traffic though, as Ovington bowler’s Benjamin Burland (2-13), Noah Morgan (1-7) and A.How (1-5) all impressed in their 3 or 4 over spells. There was also a handy run-out in the field by Zachary Blower.
In chasing down the target of 84, Ovington never really got too close, but the team showed plenty of determination in difficult batting conditions, with the top four in the batting all facing plenty of deliveries and not giving away their wicket. Ovington eventually ended up 34 runs short, but only losing six wickets. A nice effort against a likely decent team.
The Under 15’s played on Monday and ran into an improving Yapham team, bolstered in their ranks by the demise of Pocklington U15”s and having the benefit of a more experience side. In a 16 over match, Yapham got 93-3, with T.Kirby of Yapham hitting a brisk 37. Ovington were 37 runs short at the end of their innings, but only lost 3 wickets. For a side that only had two players who will be ineligible to play this age-group next season, it will be a great learning experience.
Match report for Foss Evening League game provide by Jed Fowke. As captain, he didn’t pick himself, but that’s probably due to the UEFA Champions League tie and Thixendale’s lack of reliable mobile coverage, rather than a perceived lack of ability.
Thixendale 81-3 (B Jackson 38, Simon Walgate 21no) beat Ovington 80-5 (Dominic Carass 25) by 7 wickets.
The visitors got off to a relatively slow start in this reduced-overs affair, accumulating only 12 runs in their first 5 overs against the tight bowling of Guy Scothern and B Brown. Ovington newcomer Dominic Carras (25) provided some stubborn resistance before falling to T Brady. Ovington finished their innings on 80-5. Joe Robinson fell first ball after being caught behind by wicketkeeper Stefan Littlewood off the bowling of Dom Kitching (strike one Dom!). However, Ovington’s early success was short-lived as B Jackson (38) and skipper Si Walgate (21no) combined to smash Thixendale to victory after only 9 overs.
Congratulations to Dominic Carras, Finn Baqai and Luke Smith for making their Wednesday evening league debuts for the club. Luke was the pick of the Ovington bowlers posting figures of 1-0-2-1.
The next Wednesday night game is on 16th May away to Pocklington.
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, last plug for #OvoFantasyCricket – which begun last Saturday but no points were scored. Late registrations are allowed so get your team in before you lose any ground! All the details can be found on our website or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
This week should see the start of the season proper, with the forecast looking much brighter. The First Team will have their first game at home in the York & District Senior League, where they take on Carlton Towers II (13:00 start) on the Little Knavesmire. The visitors finished 4th in this division last year, so will represent a decent test for the newly promoted Ovington side. Team news is under wraps until later on, but Sam Prangnell is likely to miss out in favour of Thomas Irwin, a fact that no doubt will have made club chairman Alan Fletcher a very content man. It will however, mean he has to think of something else to complain about. Tea will be served for the first time in the club’s history at The Knavesmire pub, due to Senior League rules. We would like to thank the pub for allowing us to use their facilities to do this.
The Second Team will also begin their season and face the “championship favourites” , Westow. The formidable batting duo of Mark Earle and Andrew Westow have caused problems for many teams in the top-flight of the Vale League and it will provide a good introduction to Division One cricket for the Second Team. Westow gave our First Team a good run for their money in the title race last season, and will be hoping to go one better this time around. The game is scheduled to take place at Millthorpe School.
The Third Team make the journey to Thorpe Willoughby II on Saturday also, where the side have had mixed success over the past few years. With recent changes made to their ground, it is usually a good pitch with a decent outfield, but you are often exposed to the elements and it is a long walk back to the changing room if you’re dismissed without making too much of an impact. The likely side of the Thirds is a fairly strong one on paper, so it should make for a good game.
For all those who wish to enter, which includes players who will be meeting at the Pavilion before going to an away match, there will be the Knavesmire Butchers provided Raffle Prize available to win once again. As a past winner myself, it is well worth getting and your ticket means there is less chance that Benji will win. It also helps provide much needed income towards the club, with 1 ticket just £1. Here’s a look at what it consisted of last season
The Juniors are also getting into full swing with games happening on Sunday and Monday, with the U9’s and U11’s seasons also getting underway next week. The U13’s play Woodhouse Grange at home on Sunday morning, with a trip to North Duffield in order for those in the U13’s B. On Monday, the U15’s make the jaunt to Stamford Bridge, while our Under 11’s play Poppleton and The U9’s play York B at some point during this week.
Again, we would like to thank all our supporters, sponsors, club members for supporting Ovington Cricket Club. If you are a club member, or the parent of a club member, and are yet to join our Play-Cricket website. Please do so via the following link. https://ovington.play-cricket.com/users/registrations/new If there is a chance that you will play for our First Team this season, if you could update your profile with your address details once your account has been created, that would be much appreciated.