There wasn’t too much success last week for Ovington sides as they found it tough going against Clifton Alliance especially. With the Foss Evening League side pulling off a last-minute victory on Wednesday, things are starting to look up. With all the news and fixtures for the past week, read below.
Firstly – we would like to thank our match sponsor for our home match this weekend, John’s Barber Shop, who is based on Green Lane in Acomb. Gents Haircuts very reasonably priced. John can be contacted on 01904 789392.
Many thanks to John for sponsoring our “home” game this weekend at the University. John will also be our Match Ball sponsor for our home games next Saturday also.
Top of the table Pocklington travel to the University of York on Saturday to face our First Team, with the game switched venue due to the Races. Pocklington are top of the table, having won three games & having had one rained off. They beat Carlton Towers last weekend by four wickets, a team that beat our FIrst’s fairly convincingly a couple of weeks ago. This is a division though where seemingly, most teams can beat most other teams on their day, so our First Team will be looking to do just that.
The Second Team face a familiar foe in Westow, who were given a good run for their money earlier in May by us. It is a horror first-round draw in the HPH Cup, however, captain Dick Buckley has previous in engineering unlikely cup-runs against the odds, as seen by leading the Third Team to a Cup Final back in 2015. The picturesque surroundings, covered pitch and small ground should lead to a decent day’s worth of Cricket on offer.
Looking ahead to our Junior sides – the U15’s and U13’s are all in Cup action too. The U13’s A host Londesborough Park on Sunday morning, while the U15’s host Dunnington on Monday evening. The Under 9’s have a friendly against Clifton Alliance, this time away from home, while the U11’s have a cup-match scheduled away to Drax.
Special thanks to all our Sponsors, who are helping the club continue to grow it’s Junior and Senior sections in 2018.
Last week’s action for Ovington sides was not one to particularly remember, given three defeats for three senior sides and the majority of the Junior sides were also beaten.
The First Team were involved in a mightily close encounter with old foes North Cave. The hosts won the toss and in regular fashion, opted to field first. Joe Whale was in good form with the bat, the opener scoring 52 but he lacked any serious support at the other end, with only Tom Armes (19) and James Eckersley (16) getting to double figures in the top eight apart from the aforementioned Whale, who eventually fell with the score at 95-6. Charlie Buckley (21) and Simon Rogerson (12 not out) dug in and got Ovington to the modest total of 143-9, using up all 45 overs.
Responding to that, North Cave were in a bit of trouble at 19-2 but Michael Stellings (37), Charles Cocklin (26) and Craig Hewson (33 not out) did the majority of the damage for the hosts. Even a late salvo of wickets by U15 Finn Baqai, who impressed again with 4-39, couldn’t see Ovington to victory as North Cave scraped home with only seven balls to spare after some nervous moments, them requiring 17 to win with three wickets left and an ever-reducing number of overs.
The Second Team were beaten comprehensively by Clifton Alliance who were just much better on the day. A decision to bat first looked a fair one at 61-3 looking a fair total, with David Smith (20) getting his first solid total of the season since moving from Saxton while recent signing Dom Carass’ scored 34. 61-3 became 88-7 in no time and Ovington eventually fell to 108 all out. Clifton knocked it off with the loss of a wicket, with Jason Gatus (45*) and Alistair Wray (50*) doing the job. Jack Walmsley kept things relatively tight, going for just 4 an over, while captain Buckley went for only 2.50 an over.
The Third Team faced the same fate against Clifton Alliance IV, although their defeat was by eight wickets but in a similarly brutal fashion. Jack Mayfield’s 97 not out put the Ovington bowling attack to the sword and they knocked off a target of 139 in just 23 overs. Jimmy Taylor and Jack Walmsley both scoring 23. Walmsley and Taylor both chipped in with one wicket apiece.
The Under 15’s promised an exciting game against Clifton in their pre-match report and they set a solid target of 102 from their 20 overs. Jack Walmsley gets a mention again for his score on Monday night of 36 from 46 balls, while he was ably supported by Finn Baqai (28). Extras and Jacob Lamb (17*) both contributed too as Ovington reached 101-4. Clifton though, stuck to the pattern that their Senior Teams had set in the two days previous and knocked off the target with seven overs remaining and eight wickets in hand.
The Under 9’s also faced off against Clifton. A sunny evening greeted these two local rivals. Clifton Alliance were put into bat and despite some economical bowling from captain for the day Ashley Steel (0-6) and Lucas Hazell (0-9) the innings gathered momentum when some more experienced and powerful batters had their chance and took them to 343. After losing the first match by 90 runs the Ovington side duly did the same again with all batters getting some runs but not yet regularly punishing any wayward bowling. The team ended up on 253. Alex Beard hit the most total runs before being out once with Ashley Steel top scoring cumulatively with 8. Progress on running between the wickets was most welcome. The next match is a friendly against the same opponents away on Thursday 31st May though hopefully more matched for age distribution as our team so far seem younger than their opponents to date what with being a mixture of year 2-4 players for which this years experience will no doubt help for future years.
Finally, those who check their e-mail inboxes at 12:07am will have seen Jed Fowke’s excited Match Report as they got their first win to date on Wednesday, as the Foss Evening League side beat Stillingfleet. Check out his report by clicking this link
Many thanks to everyone involved with Ovington for their support.