Walmsley impresses but weather wins out


The rain got in the way of what would almost certainly have been a cracking victory for the Third Team side last Saturday and a brilliant all-round performance by Jack Walmsley, while the Second Team were involved in a close-run match at Melbourne. There was also a dramatic last-gasp victory for one of our Junior sides this past week. For the details, including games for next week, keep reading.

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Lots of fixtures this week coming up, with a cup double-header for the First Team. They travel to Maypole Gardens on Saturday to play Cawood 2nd XI. Sunday sees a trip to Pickering to play the second round tie vs Second Division opposition. The Second team host Kelfield, which promises to be a tough game. There is also a game at home for our Third Team, who will come up against for the first time, Sessay IV. This will take place at Millthorpe School.


Friday evening sees action for the Ovington U15 side – they travel to Dunnington in a cup fixture before a long trek to Malton on Monday night. Our U13’s sides on Sunday play Clifton Alliance and Heslington B respectively. There’s other junior fixtures throughout the week, the best place to see these is on our Play-Cricket site > http://ovington.play-cricket.com/website/web_pages/187522

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 started last week and has had some great feedback! 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

The weather ended the First Team hopes of any Cricket this past week, as their game against Pickering was cancelled due to a waterlogged ground. It has been rescheduled for this weekend. The scheduled game on Saturday against Drax was cancelled due to the opposition conceding. However, Ovington will only receive 9 points due to not enough matches in the Division taking place to get the full number of points.

For the Third Team, prospect of play looked bleak but they made a start and almost got the victory against Pocklington. Graham Walton (42) and Sam Prangnell (35) got Ovington off to a great-start before an excellent 49 by 14 year-old Jack Walmsley and a maiden half-century for Tom Irwin (51 not out) took Ovington to a formidable total of 193-4 from a reduced 40 overs. Harry Sumner impressed with the ball for Pocklington and took three wickets. Pocklington never got going with the bat in worsening conditions and couldn’t handle the bowling of Jack Walmsley, who took 5-7 from a devastating six-over spell. Unfortunately, the rain persisted and at 36-6, the game was abandoned. Owen Jones was the only Pock batsman to get into double-figures.

The Second Team played Melbourne which ground is only a few miles as the crow flies from Pocklington’s ground, but had different weather. The following report is written by Liam Herringshaw and, I would like to add the following disclaimer. I have no idea if this all occurred. Please do not sue me.

I’m not sure how many times Australian Melbourne has come to East Yorkshire Melbourne, but Saturday’s cricketing encounter was surely one of the most exciting. Ovington’s new Victorian, Kirk Braid, moved to York from the University of Melbourne last year, and has already proven an excellent acquisition. He was particularly keen to try his luck at the other MCG.

Melbourne, East Yorkshire, won the toss, and – unsurprisingly given the drizzly weather – chose to bowl. The captains had agreed to a 30-over match, but this was no quick-scoring affair. Scott Coupland (9-1-23-2) and Andy Foreman (9-3-18-0) kept things very tight, and only Sam Dixon (27) and Ben Robinson (18) looked at ease. Andy Hockenhull’s late flurry (13*) ensured Ovington reached three figures, but 101-7 didn’t look a huge total.

Melbourne, Australia, had other ideas, though, as Braid opened up with a hostile burst. Excellently accompanied by Ovington’s other overseas bowler, Roger Simonsen (9-1-23-3), he had the home team in all manner of trouble at 19-3. A. Thomas (31) and Matt Beevers (33) then batted positively, and took Melbourne, East Yorks, close to the target. At least, that was, until Melbourne, Australia, intervened again – Braid claiming a fine catch at gully to snaffle Thomas, and then bowling Beevers. 78-5 was rather wobbly again, but Andy Foreman (25*) proved the difference, as he smote two big sixes to ensure Melbourne, East Yorks, claimed victory with 4 wickets and 10 balls to spare.

There was a dramatic victory for Ovington’s U11 team as they came up against Drax. With just the final pairing for Drax going out to the crease, the hosts only needed a handful of runs to win and simply needed to avoid losing wickets. However, some tight and accurate bowling by Ted Farrell and Joshua Blower saw Ovington home, eventually winning by a tidy 28 runs.

The U13s B team was in action on Sunday at home to Tadcaster Magnet. The visitors delivered a good batting performance during their innings, achieving a total of 101 from 20 overs. The pick of the Ovington bowlers was Seth Young who picked up 3-15 from 4 overs, almost picking up a hat-trick! Joe Fowke was also in the wickets posting figures of 2-11 from 4 overs, which included a caught and bowled. Tadcaster’s bowling proved to be very effective and economical which meant that Ovington found runs very hard to come by. The home side finished on 38 runs from 20 overs.

It was a double defeat for our U13 sides as our ‘A’ team were beaten by seven wickets by Heslington. Noah Morgan (22) and Oliver Steel (15) top-scored in a total of 88-6. Matty Richardson of Heslington got 33, hitting six boundaries and helped his side get home with 4.1 overs remaining. Montgomery Grenyer and Benjamin Burland were among the wickets.

The Foss Evening League had a tough gig on Wednesday vs Westow and were beaten fairly comprehensively. Westow hit 185-2 from 18 overs. Ovington never gave up, and weren’t disgraced in their chase ending up on 108-6.

The U9’s team went to the picturesque Bolton Percy ground and just didn’t take enough wickets, as they were beaten by 79 runs.

Thanks to all sponsors and club supporters – and good luck to all Ovington teams in action this week!



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