Stillingfleet 160-3 (P Johnson 47, P Corfield 51, Chris Walker 25no; Tom Irwin 1-8, Benji Busby 1-22) lost to Ovington 161-7 (Pete Kelly 79no, Tom Armes 33, Sam Dixon 19, S Littlewood 18; Matt Walker 2-28, Chris Walker 2-38) by 1 run.
Two runs scored off the final ball of the game secured a first win of the season for the home side in this closely fought encounter.
Following a short spell on international duty, Jed Fowke resumed his captaincy duties with the Wednesday evening league team, introducing a few changes to the starting line-up in the process.
Opening batsmen P Johnson and P Corfield both got Stillingfleet off to a strong start, building a fantastic partnership of 92 runs before P Johnson was run out on 47. P Corfield secured his half-century before being bowled by Benji Busby (1-22) in the 13th over on 51 (5 x 4s, 1 x 6s). The home side put down a number of catches in the field, which might well have been their downfall.
Ovington’s bowlers struggled to pick up further wickets but were successful in reducing the visitor’s run rate. Tom Irwin (1-8) made a breakthrough in the 19th over when he picked up the wicket of R Murray (16). Stillingfleet’s Chris Walker remaining unbeaten on 25 to help the visitors reach a very respectable 160 off their 20 overs. The pick of the Ovington bowlers were Benji Busby (5-0-22-1) and Tom Irwin (2-0-8-1).
In reply, Ovington scored quickly in the early stages of their innings before the loss of danger-man Stefan Littlewood on 18 to the bowling of Matt Walker, after some ruthless six-hitting.
Tom Armes joined Pete Kelly in the middle, and they combined to add 57 runs before Armes was run out on 33 after a very solid batting performance. Sam Dixon (19) joined Kelly in middle to help carry the home side towards their target, smashing the cover off one to cow corner before becoming Matt Walker’s (2-28) second victim of the game.
Wickets began to fall in quick succession as Ovington pushed desperately for the winning runs. However, it was the masterful stroke play of Pete Kelly that was to see him hit the winning runs off the final ball of the game, finishing unbeaten on 79 (10 x 4s).
The next Wednesday night game is on 30th May home to Heworth Colts.