Yorkshire call-up for Alex Garner-Steel as weather looms large


Ovington CC would like to congratulate our junior player, Alex Garner-Steel, who has been called-up to the Yorkshire Under 10 squad this past week.

Garner-Steel, a wicket-keeper, has impressed well out of his age-group in the past few games, showing himself as an accomplished player behind the sticks, even playing in a much higher age-group such as the Under 15’s. At this age-group, in their first game, he took three catches. In the second, he took a catch, stumping and was involved in a run-out. We wish him all the best in his upcoming games.

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. 

Aside from that piece of great news, the Senior sides struggled over the past week, while some of our Junior teams put in some creditable performances without getting the win. There’s a whole host of games though this weekend, but the weather may play a factor, with heavy thunderstorms forecast by some providers, not by others.

Special thanks to all our Sponsors, who are helping the club continue to grow it’s Junior and Senior sections in 2018.


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Last Saturday saw just the First and Second Team in action, with the Thirds receiving a Bye in their Cup First Round.  The First Team faced up against top-of-the-table side Pocklington II. Batting first, Ovington started well with openers Joe Whale (30) and Tom Cookson (56) getting off to a fair start. Skipper Pete Kelly (23) and Neil Metcalfe (24) provided some resistance in the middle-order but no other batsman scored over 8 as the tempting slow bowling of Pock’s Simon Hill (5-38) just proved too much as Ovington succumbed to 159 all out, with 2.5 overs remaining. Responding to that target, no Pocklington batsman got over 50 but all of the top four chipped in with a score and there wasn’t too many anxious moments for Pocklington supporters, except perhaps when 150-3 became 157-6, but they got over the line with a few overs remaining. Finn Baqai impressed again with the ball (2-15) and Benji Busby (2-37) the pick of the Ovo attack.

Ovington U9’s had a return fixture in a friendly against Clifton away on a warm and sunny Thursday evening.  Definite progress was seen in all departments. Captained by Tom Brook the bowling saw our first maiden of the season, bowled by Will Hempel and the majority of the bowlers were their most economical so far. Lorcan Chant took the only wicket with 1-15. The batting saw some enthusiastic, if not potentially dangerous at times, running particularly from Phoebe Andrews and Maddy Smith. A feat that not many can claim was performed by Finn Davis who on his cricketing debut hit his first ball for a six and was a nice way to remember his first innings. Powerful hitting from another debutant, Arthur Sleightholme, saw him amass a gross total of 22 though several dismissals from the vagaries of cricket led to a net score of 7. Lorcan Chant (15) and Will Hempel (18) were not out and provided pleasing stroke play and Wilf Metcalfe in the last over managed to hit his first ever six. All of this led to the team having their closest loss to date by 66 runs.The next match is against Bolton Percy (away) on Thursday 7th June.

Heworth Colts 132-8 (W Etty 50, L Meak 21; B Busby 4-27, D Everard 2-32) beat Ovington 74-9 (J Wilkinson 2-9) by 58 runs . After a climatic victory over Stillingfleet last week, the evening league team fell some way short against a youthful Heworth Colts side. Fine bowling by Ovington paceman Dom Everard saw him pick up some early wickets on his way to posting figures of 2-32, ably supported by Charlie Buckley who took an excellent catch out at deep mid-wicket, and Luke Smith who took a nonchalant one-handed catch at cover. Heworth’s Will Etty hit a decisive 50 which ultimately proved to be the difference between the two teams, before he was well caught in the field by Jed Fowke off the bowling of the impressive Benji Busby (4-27). The visitors finished on 132 runs from their 18 overs.

There was no win this week for the Foss Evening League side (pictured)

Unfortunately the Ovington batsmen provided relatively little in the way of a response, with nobody scoring 20 or more runs. After some early promise Ovington’s run rate slowed, with the home side only managing to accumulate 74 runs due in part to some fine bowling by Heworth, with Jack Wilkinson (2-9) being the pick of their bowlers. Top scorers for Ovington were Charlie Buckley (16no) and Jed Fowke (14). Special mention goes out to Jesse Dave who took his first wicket for the evening league team. The next evening league game is home to Westow on Wednesday 6th June.
Ovington’s U13’s were beaten by a strong York team on Sunday morning. The Clifton Park based side hit 150-2 from their 20 overs, with Ovington doing well to tough it out in response, finishing on 49-9 from their allotted overs. They’ll be much easier teams to play in future weeks, so they’ll be better for the experience.

It was a Saturday afternoon to forget for the Second Team who were blown away by the bowling of Mark Earle (5-14). Only Jack Walmsley (16 not out) and Jed Fowke (14) reached double-figures as Ovington reached 64 all out, which didn’t look at all achievable at one stage with the score at 0-3. It took only a handful of overs for Westow to reach the target, with Tom Irwin getting the sole wicket.

We’d like to remind all players, parents and club supporters that Ovington will be running Yoga sessions between 7pm-8pm at the Pavilion while Training is taking place. This is organised by qualified Yoga teacher Sigourney Young. You can find out more information about the sessions, which cater for all levels, on our website or by contacting her directly at sigourney.young@gmail.com or 07462 010626 

Sigourney will be running Yoga sessions at Ovo’s pavilion on Friday’s between 7pm-8pm

This week sees a double-header for the First Team. They play at home on Saturday against Drax II, who occupy the place below in the table. Drax themselves have one win in the 2018 campaign, that also coming at Heworth IV. The second game of their weekend comes on Sunday where they travel to Pickering to play their second Team in the second round of the Edward Readman Memorial Trophy. The hosts for Sunday’s game are two divisions ahead of Ovington, so will go into the game big favourites. Pickering themselves have been struggling for wins in their league campaign, with just one so far, so it ought to be an interesting test.

The Second Team travel to Melbourne on Saturday, a team that have been doing okay as of late. The Thirds are also on the road when they come up against Pocklington III’s. Both of these games will be subject to the potential forecast thunderstorms not materialising.

Sunday sees the Under 13’s away at Heslington, with the U13’s “B” at home to Tadcaster Magnet. Monday sees a tough away trip to Clifton Park for the U15’s as they play York.  The U11’s play Tadcaster Magnets, with the Foss Evening League side hosting Westow on Wednesday. The Under 9’s travel to Bolton Percy on Thursday.

Congratulations again to Alex on his Yorkshire call-up and good luck to all Ovington sides in action these next few days.


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