Alliance the common theme as season continues

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Plenty of activity over the past few days at Ovington CC and more of the same follows, as two of our senior teams and two junior play Clifton Alliance representative teams, while our first team make a long trip to an old adversary. The U15’s got their second consecutive win, while there was also a defeat for the Foss Evening League side, as well as a close game for our Under 11’s.

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The Under 15’s played local rivals Dringhouses on Monday evening. Ovington won the toss and batted first and for the second week running, didn’t lose many wickets and scored at a handy rate. The final total of 92 came for a loss of just two wickets. Montgomery Grenyer’s 31 not out, supported by Jacob Lamb’s unbeaten 28 were top-scorers. Dringhouses gave it a creditable go in the chase, but they eventually fell 31 runs short. Starring in the field was wicketkeeper Alex Garner-Steel, who even though he is still in the U11’s, took a catch, a stumping and involved in a run-out.

The U11’s were up against Heslington B and it was a close-run game throughout. Heslington set a net score of 283, having lost seven wickets in the process. Ovington in response lost the same amount of wickets, but were just 18 runs short in total.

In the Foss Evening League, pressure from the fans is mounting on coach and team manager Jed Fowke as Pocklington notched a very comfortable win against an Ovington team who struggled to assert themselves with the bat. Only opening batsmen Charlie Buckley offered any real resistance with a well worked 26, before being caught off the bowling of D Littlewood who was the pick of the Pocklington bowlers with 3-19. The remaining Pocklington bowling attack were equally economical with B Shingles and B Lister both posting 0-9 from their 4 over spells. There were some useful contributions by a number of Ovington batsmen. Finn Baqai started well before being caught on 10, and Joe Warne finished unbeaten on 11.

It didn’t take the home side long to eclipse Ovington’s 83 run total, with the impressive S Shipley carrying Pocklington to victory with a quick-fire unbeaten 67 (2x6s, 7x4s). The match was over by the 10th over with Pocklington winning by 9 wickets.

A special mention goes out to 14 year old Jack Walmsley who took his first wicket in the Foss Evening League. Nice one Jack! The next Wednesday night game is on 23rd May home to Stillingfleet. Match report from Jed Fowke.

The Little Knavesmire on Saturday sees Ovington II v Clifton Alliance III

Onto the week ahead – with all three Senior sides in action. The First Team, having got their first win of the season against Heworth IV last week, now travel the considerable distance to North Cave, unfortunately missing the Royal Wedding in the process. The two sides were close rivals in terms of quality in the Vale League a few years back, with Cave making their exit from the league before the pyramid structure became more formal. They were one of the strongest teams in the League anyway, and there was some very competitive matches between these two in the past. Key players have left both sides now and with both teams having one win each in 2018, a close game might be on the horizon.

The Second Team play at home this weekend and welcome Clifton Alliance to the Little Knavesmire. Without a win, but having put in some admirable performances in a higher division, the Second Team will be looking to capitalise on a potentially weaker Alliance team, given they generally like to play their home fixtures on a Sunday. Some of their familiar names remain on the team-sheet though for this game. Clifton beat one of the better sides in the division, Kelfield, last Sunday, so are in better form, but we will have to wait and see whether they can replicate this performance.

The Thirds travel to New Earswick on Sunday to play Clifton Alliance IV – who got their first win of the year last week when putting a big score on the board against Selby. Ovington have actually played two less games than Clifton, with one of Ovo’s victories being due to opposition conceding, and the other rained off. A lack of match practice may be a factor, alongside the chance that some members of the Ovo squad may have had a beer or two the night before. New Earswick as a cricket venue isn’t somewhere the club has played in senior cricket for quite a while, too.

Sunday also sees our U13’s team host Sheriff Hutton Bridge, with the U13’s B making the trip to Stamford Bridge. Monday sees another Ovington side play Clifton Alliance, this time in the Under 15’s, with our Under 9’s also playing their age-group counterparts from Clifton. Finally, the U11’s come up against York C.

We’d like to thank again all our sponsors, players, coaches and anyone helping the club for their support. It is most appreciated.

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