There’s a lot going on over the next few days at Ovington CC – and we’ve had a successful week so far with many teams getting wins or putting in good performances. There’s also some key events going on which shape the club’s finances for the year ahead.
A big thank you to last weeks Match Sponsor – Richardson’s of Woodthorpe. They are a traditional butcher and game dealer, and we most appreciate their sponsorship of Saturday’s home match. For more details about their offering – please see their website.
Our annual race day collection is taking place on Saturday 30th June. This is an important date on the Ovington CC calendar as it generates vital income to support the club throughout the year. The club needs as many juniors and parents as possible to be involved in the bucket collection. If there are enough volunteers to help with this, we are hoping to run this in two shifts. The first one being 4:15pm meet at the Pavilion with approximate finish of 6:00pm. The Second shift meeting at the Pavilion at 6:00pm and finishing at approximately 7:30pm. Please can all juniors volunteering come in Ovington whites.
Last week saw a game between two teams on the same points in Division 4 of the York Senior League – Ovington and Selby II. On paper it was expected to be a close game but it was a one-sided affair. Report by Pete Kelly.
Drink, Sleep, Bowl repeat. Double Team Dom have put aside their personal differences to lead Ovington to victory. Dom Kitching bowled his perfect up and down deliveries to record 1-6 off 7 overs and Dom “Breadstick” Everlast took 1-12 off his 7 overs. He would have got more wickets if he could bowl at the stumps though.
Ben Busby then came in and mopped up from all their hard work by taking 3-19 with his big turning off spinners which bamboozled the batsmen. Neil Metcalfe continued his form by taking 4-20 despite his captain’s best efforts. Selby were bowled out for 68 inside 30 overs.
Openers Tim Burgess and Joe Whale got Ovo to a great start in reply by being 1-1 after Burgess missed a vicious straight ball. Captain Pete Kelly came in to steady the ship and when Whale was out caught behind Tom Armes utilised his brand new GM Chrome.
Captain Kelly was out when there was only 2 required, bowled by a perfectly executed slower ball, but Armes smashed a 6 to win the game by 7 wickets for Ovington.
The wait is over. With positive signs that a win was just round the corner, the U9s achieved their first win at their eight attempt on Tuesday evening at the little Knavesmire. A glorious evening welcomed Acomb and Ovington and both sides played good games. Ovington were put into bat and made a blistering start with Wilf Metcalfe (13) and captain Lorcan Chant (13) putting a club highest paired score of 40runs onto the board. Rather pleasant reading of the scorebook revealed no player had a minus score for the first time this season with Harry St John (11) and Ashley Steel (11) also getting into double figures. Excellent running was seen between the wickets and a season high score of 106/4 was posted. Henri Sammons opened the bowling and soon put Acomb under pressure with his figures of 2-0-6-2. Finn Davis and Jacob Mellows particularly bowled tightly, each with figures of 2-0-7-0. Wilf picked up a debut wicket (1-12) as well as producing a run out with a direct throw from cover. Acomb closed on 86/4 leading to eight astonished Ovington junior faces when learning of a 20 run win. The next match is the final league fixture against Tadcaster (away) in week commencing 9th July.
The Second Team played a 30 over cup game, which I’m not even sure was within the rules of the competition against second division Hirst Courtney. Ovington put together a formidable total due to the efforts of Sam Dixon (50) and some late order hitting by Andrew Hockenhull (37) not out, and alongside 42 extras, the Seconds put together a total of 202-7. Hirst in response started okay but the introduction of Dick Buckley into the attack (4-18) and Man of the Match Andrew Hockenhull (3-22) put the game to bed and Hirst were beaten by 103 runs.
Special thanks to all our Sponsors, who are helping the club continue to grow it’s Junior and Senior sections in 2018.
The Thirds were in Cup action too and made the trip to Crayke to face league leaders Sessay. Ovington won the toss and fielded on a hot day but the decision looked justified with Jacob Lamb taking an early wicket. Things got much tougher though as Craig Baptist, who was probably out without facing a ball, and Tom Reid put on a huge 168 run partnership. Reid eventually reached his century (103) and Baptist got 58. The Sessay batting stuttered subsequent to these two being dismissed and there was two wickets apiece for Jimmy Taylor and Jacob Lamb. There was also a rare bowling appearance for Sam Prangnell. He may well argue that his first ball almost got a wicket but that was the only positive.
It was tough going in response as the Ovington top order struggled somewhat with the bowling of James Dennis and Ian Watkinson. Joe Browning’s 38 from 28 was the highlight of the top 4. Although behind the run-rate for a long while, Jacob Lamb and Rob Wallace batted sensibly and gave Ovington every chance. Some late hitting, but some late wickets meant that it wasn’t enough as Ovington fell 7 short. Lamb impressed with the bat and got 52, just being run out in the last over chasing an impossible task.
The Under 15’s were against Woodhouse Grange and put in a great batting performance due to the contribution of Jacob Lamb (36*), Montgomery Grenyer (21) and the injured Finn Baqai (18) as they reached 105-4 from their 20 overs. It all went awry though as Ted Baty, who got a fifty against our own first team only a couple of weeks ago, did the majority of the damage as he helped his side reach the target with just one wicket lost.
The U13’s ran into a strong Heworth side and were beaten by ten wickets. There was however some stout batting performances from the side as they refused to lose wickets and managed to bat out their 20 overs. There was no game in the Foss Evening League this week.
Onto next week now and there’s lots of games to look forward to. The halfway point of the Senior League season is already here and Ovington get a chance to face Londesborough Park, who they were rained off against in their first game. Due to the race meeting – it will take place at York University. Our opponents sit above us in the league table and it is a must win game to keep alive any promotion hopes, as Ovo are 46pts behind second place. There is a return to league action for the Seconds as they travel to Wheldrake. Both find themselves near the bottom of the Division One table and will fancy their chances of a win. The Thirds come up against Selby III.