Drake dismantles Ovo’s attack as Firsts win comfortably

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There was mixed fortunes for Ovington’s Senior sides at the weekend, with only two teams in action. There was one straightforward victory and one defeat. There was also some Junior Teams putting in some respectable performances.

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The First Team, yet to taste success in 2018, got off the mark with a straightforward victory over a young Heworth IV’s on the Little Knavesmire. Winning the toss and electing to field, the Heworth batting line-up never really got a foothold in the game. Paul Whitley (23) and Jamie Ross (18) the two top scorers as Heworth were dismissed for 91 after 24.4 overs. All five of the Ovington bowlers used were among the wickets, with Charlie Buckley (3-19), Dom Kitching (2-22) and James Eckersley (2-12) the main beneficiaries. It was a straightforward run-chase, as Joe Whale hit a half-century, ending up on 52 not out from 44 balls, while the returning Tom Cookson got 33 not out from the 24 balls he faced. The game was played in good spirits throughout and we look forward to visiting Heworth and their excellent facilities later in the campaign.

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The Second Team game against Askham Bryan was rather more competitive and there was plenty of runs on show for those down at the University. Askham Bryan had played two and won one, with highly contrasting fortunes between the performances of the two. Unfortunately for Ovington, it was the strong Askham Bryan side that showed to play them. Ovington were in the field in the first innings and Kurt Baird took a wicket before a run had been scored and Askham were 22-4 after almost ten overs. Simon Rogerson taking the other three wickets. Things got a lot more difficult with the introduction of Askham Bryan’s Steve Drake, who after scoring 141 not out in the opening game in the season, took the Ovington bowling apart. His unbeaten 173 featured a double-figure number of sixes and he dominated the batting from then on. No-one else in the Askham Bryan side got past 15 as Askham Bryan eventually ended up on 228-7 from their 40 overs. Simon Rogerson’s 4-83 the pick.

The Second Team gave it a really good go in response, with debutante James Harrod’s 29 and Ben Robinson, continuing his good form, got Ovington a good base with a score of 56. Wickets however in the middle-order started to fall after most of the Ovo batting had gotten a start, as Ovington dropped from 114-3 to 147-6. Andy Cole eventually went for 21 of the top-scorers outside of the top order and Ovington ended up finishing on 184 all out. For Askham Bryan, I.Hall picked up a six wicket haul.

The U13’s “B” team are a developmental side and sometimes they may run into ‘A’ teams who are a little bit stronger on paper than they are. This happened on the Little Knavesmire on Sunday morning where came up against Wheldrake. The visitors batted first, with James Watson (29) and M.Wills (27) scoring nicely. Other Wheldrake batting support followed and they ended up on 110-4 from their 20 overs. Ovington’s fielding was notable, given there was three run-outs in total. Only Sadiq Rizby (1-7) got a wicket with the ball. There was however, some very economical bowling by Ted Farrell, Leah Smith, Luke Smith, Ruben Pollack and George Healey, who all went for less than 5 an over.

Wheldrake were stronger in the bowling department and had Ovington on the back-foot a long way out. R.Carter got 3-7 in an impressive three over spell. The game looked done and dusted at 29-7 but a rearguard action by Louis Vogel-Smith and Connell Wilson, both finishing with 5 not out, meant Ovington got to a respectable 56-7 from the 20 overs, falling 54 runs short.

They’ll be more Junior Reports when we get them. Also in action over the course of the next few days is the Foss Evening League side, as they travel to Pocklington.

 

 

 

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