Cookson is back as Firsts look for victory

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Lots going on this week as the Cricket season is in full swing. There was some victories for our Junior sides over the past few days, alongside some other brave performances in defeat.

Many thanks to this weeks Match Ball Sponsor – The Slip Inn on Clementhorpe for their support of the club this weekend. Much appreciated. To find out more about The Slip Inn, please visit their website http://www.theslipinnyork.co.uk/

There was plenty of junior cricket action this week, with their season getting into full-swing. It was a first win of the season for our U15’s side in the first round of the Cup, where they faced Stamford Bridge, who ply their trade in the second division of the U15’s competition. Ovington, winning the toss and batting first, lost an early wicket with just four on the board but soon recovered, with Jack Walmsley (37, inc two sixes) and Finn Baqai (51) putting on 83 for the second wicket. Jacob Lamb then came and hit 31 from 23 balls to conclude Ovington’s innings on 151-2 from their 20 overs.

Stamford Bridge’s wicketkeeper Adrian Muir hit a dogged 25 in response, but Ovington’s bowling was good and dismissed those at the other end. Walmsley rounding off a solid match effort with three wickets, while Franko Otterman got 2-4. There was also some excellent work behind the stumps by Ovo keeper Alex Garner-Steel, who took three dismissals including a stumping. Stamford Bridge were eventually dismissed for 45, but showed good spirit and determination against a side that play in a higher division.

Ovo’s U9’s team faced the ominous sounding trip to Clifton Park where they came up against York “B”. Poor weather conditions for a time meant frequent rain showers. York “B” were far more experienced and scored 332 from their allocated overs (in Under 9 games, each team starts at 200). Henri Sammons was the pick of the bowling with 2-4 while Ashley Steel was economical with 0-8. Ovington in reply fell 90 runs short, with Wilf Metcalfe the top-scorer with 13. All the Ovington players enjoyed batting in the drier part of the game and there was an impressive rainbow at the end of the match, no doubt offering hope of better fortune. Their next match is Tues 22nd May at home to Clifton Alliance “B”.

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This week sees only two fixtures on Saturday for Senior sides. Our First Team aim to get back on track after a sub-par performance last weekend, with the visit of Heworth IV. There has been some changes this weekend, with the return of Tom Cookson, who is now available occasionally through the season, the senior debut of Dominic Carass and the promotion into the First Team of James Eckersley. Heworth IV have played two, lost two but weren’t disgraced in either game, losing by five and six wickets respectively. Ovington on paper are definitely favourites, but will need to bounce back after last week.

The Second Team have a trip to Askham Bryan and it is impossible to be certain which version of Askham Bryan will show up. In week 1, they dominated Melbourne, chasing down 224 with the loss of only two wickets. In week 2, they were all out for 20. It must all depend on player availability, and with no offer of any loan players for this week on the Vale League Facebook Group, it may be they have a stronger side lined up.

The Foss Evening League side, having had a missed week last Wednesday, get back into the groove with an away trip to Pocklington.

In the Junior sides – the U13’s host York, while the B’s face up against Wheldrake, both taking place on Sunday. Monday sees a local ‘Derby’ with Dringhouses hosting Ovington in an Under 15’s match, a contest that is usually fairly competitive. Other games scheduled for this week include a home game vs Heslington B for our Under 11’s team.

The Third Team have no game this weekend as Yapham III conceded. Their next game is on Sunday 20th May at Clifton Alliance IV.

We would like to thank all our sponsors, players, spectators and officials for their continued support.

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