In a stark contrast to last week, the sun was out and the weather was on the warm side. It actually started to feel like Cricket season again. All three Senior sides were in action on Saturday, with some Junior action during the week also.
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The Third Team got off to a winning start after last weeks washout with a win over Thorpe Willoughby II’s. On a very hot day and on a ground that is fairly exposed, the toss was important to win and captain Jimmy Taylor, in his first full season in the role, opted to bat first. The opening duo of Graham Walton (52) and Ben Robinson (46), both making their full Ovington debuts, put on 84 for the first wicket in the first 23 overs. The run rate was accelerated late on due to some quick hitting by Joe Warn (23) alongside Josh Fletcher (14) and Jimmy Taylor (12) all chipping in. At the end of the innings, Ovo fell just short of the full batting points, ending up on 173-7. Lawrence ‘Loggi’ Stones took 5-32 and certainly meant that Ovington’s score didn’t surpass 200.
In reply, Rob Wallace and Jimmy Taylor teamed up with a smart slip catch from the skipper to take the important wicket of Tony Hinch, and Thorpe Willoughby slumped to 1-2 with Jack Walmsley taking a dismissal at the other end. A short comeback ensued but the game was effectively over at 47-6. Steve Beach (35 not out) and Loggi Stones (16) both conspired to keep the Ovington side out of the pub for as long as possible, doing a fantastic job of it and a 23 over stalemate occurred. This rearguard action meant that Thorpe Willoughby eventually ended up on 115-7 after 40 overs. Luke Smith (2-21) and Jimmy Taylor (2-12) the pick of the bowling. A 58 run victory.
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The Second Team had a tough fixture on paper as they played Championship favourites Westow, who finished runners-up last year behind our First Team. Westow won the toss and elected to bat. Second Team vice-captain Simon Rogerson took the important early wicket of Andrew Welford and Andrew Hockenhull took two more to leave Westow three down with not many on the board. Ovington were in the ascendancy but it was Westow’s Mark Earle, always regarded as one of the best batsmen in the Vale League (and also by Ovo’s Sam Prangnell) who did the real damage to the Ovington attack. His measured innings of 87 before being run-out late on, alongside support from Alistair Fothergill (33) and Nathan Pratt (26) meant Westow reached the total of 208-7 from their 40 overs. Simon Rogerson’s 2-33 from 11 overs the pick of the bowling.
James Eckersley (25) and Sam Dixon (34) got the Ovo reply off to a good start before the middle-order crumbled. Andy Cole’s 29 not out was the stand-out performance with Dom Everard’s 19 the other score of note as Ovington never really looked like getting too close to the target throughout most of the middle to latter stages. Jacob Stephenson for Westow was the pick of their bowling with figures of 4-36. Westow winning by 54 runs. A game that was mostly competitive for a large periods, there will be easier tests for Ovo seconds.
It was a rough start to the campaign for the First Team as they were beaten by Carlton Towers on the Little Knavesmire. Ovo won the toss and elected to field, a decision that looked spot on with Dom Kitching taking a wicket in his first over. A partnership of 70 between Marcus Thandi (32) and Hardeep Singh (43) got Carlton Towers out of trouble at 57-4 and put some meat on the bones of the Carlton Towers innings. A little short on bowling options due to a late injury to Neil Metcalfe, most of the Ovo bowling chipped in with wickets. Dom Kitching (3-29), Finn Baqai (3-24), Benji Busby (2-42) and Tom Irwin (2-20) meant the visitors ended on 164, with five additional overs for Ovington to chase down the total.
Ovington quickly slumped to 23-4 and were on the back-foot throughout. Tom Armes got 24 from 41 balls before a lapse in concentration saw him bowled. Finn Baqai and Neil Metcalfe both attempted to occupy the crease, with something still to be got from the game, before both fell for 10 and 17 respectively. With a losing draw still a possibility, Tom Irwin’s rearguard action was not enough as Ovo were all out for 94. The First Team will have to have a long look at themselves having being confident of being very competitive this season, and although Carlton Towers squad seem to have improved over the winter, Ovo will have to get back on track and fast. Heworth IV are next up.
Reports on Junior matches etc will be posted up later in the week. Thanks to all those who played, scored or helped out with teas during the weekend matches!