Trip to the Towers as football focus reduces

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Last Sunday saw the annual Funday event at Ovington CC and thank you to all who attended, the weather was certainly right for it! With a full recap of what happened in matches over the past week and a quick look to next week, look ahead.

Firstly, as already posted on the Facebook page – there’s no Yoga at Ovington until Friday 27th July!

Saturday clashed with the World Cup Quarter-Final and it impacted fixtures for some teams. Heworth IV unfortunately had to concede against our First team, leaving us without a game. There was more luck in that part for the Second Team who played a Thixendale team not interested in the Football and wished to play the full amount of overs at the scheduled time. They batted first and it was a partnership of 91 between Les Milburn (68) and Simon Walgate (30) that got Thixendale to a decent platform. It quickly however went from 104-1 to 116-4 with Kurt Baird (3-21) causing difficulties throughout his twelve over spell. With the innings coming to a close, the run-rate increased and Jonty Gillingham’s 37 the pick of the Thixendale middle-order, they concluding their 40 overs with a score of 188-7. Dick Buckley’s 2-40 the other Ovo bowling stand out.

Dick Buckley (bowling) was among the wickets last Saturday

In response, Guy Scothern, who eventually ended up with 4-45, took two quick wickets and left Ovo on 2-2. It was then the in-form Harry Buckley (60) and Jack Walmsley (35) who moved the score along and gave the chasing team every chance to reach the total. The run-rate continued to increase and even a 30 not out from Andrew Hockenhull was not enough, as Ovington fell 20 short.

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The Third Team had the short trip to Dunnington on Sunday and toiled in the hot weather for the opening stanza. At 49-3, things seemed relatively in the balance but the introduction of Max Wilson into the batting line-up changed the game. The Dunnington U15, who frequently plays at a better level than this on a Saturday, put in a tremendous knock and finished on 82, finally been dismissed by Raj Rai (2-43). Wilson was the main-stay of the Dunnington innings and no other player got over 25 for the hosts. Thomas Irwin’s 3-49 and Chris Geelan’s catch of Harry Paver were the other notable highlights.

Chris Geelan (right) took a catch and got 14 with the bat

It was not looking good in reply for Ovington at 7-3 but Chris Geelan (14) managed to get the score into at least double figures. The trio of Raj Rai (29, including three sixes), Thomas Irwin (26) and Jimmy Taylor (34) all put some respectability into the Ovington score but they were always behind the run-rate and fell to 144 all-out, with the last three wickets coming for the score of just two runs. Four Dunnington bowlers picked up two wickets apiece.

The Under 15’s came up against the traditionally strong Clifton Alliance side and put in a fine batting performance. They lost just one wicket in their score of 134 from 20 overs, with both the returning from injury Finn Baqai (50) and Jack Walmsley (51) both retiring at the half-century mark. Extras was the next top-scorer in a dominant batting display. Clifton to their credit gave it a good go but were behind the run-rate and they lacked the boundary hitting ability that Baqai and Walmsley possessed. They weren’t disgraced however, losing just five wickets and falling 38 runs short. Thomas Farrell was the pick of the bowling with 2-10.

The Under 11’s also played the Clifton Alliance side, this time their “C” team. They were narrow winners in a tight match, with Ovington’s bowling in the closing stages the decider as they won by just three runs.

This week sees plenty of games over the course of the weekend. Given the fluidity of the World Cup in terms of fixture planning, lots of games were up in the air in terms of start times.  Saturday sees the First Team take the trip to Carlton Towers II. The hosts are currently in second and are 69 points ahead of Ovington. A win for Ovo could still see an unlikely promotion challenge, but it will be tough going against a team who haven’t lost in the league since mid-May.

The Seconds face South Cave and this game will take place at Milthorpe School due to York Races taking place. Please be reminded that there’s only limited changing facilities at the school due to work on the sports hall, and tea is generally taken at the Pavilion on the Little Knavesmire. South Cave, also promoted from Division Two this season have exceeded expectations and see themselves in the top half of the table. These two teams faced off last season, also at Milthorpe School where in tight game, Ovington prevailed, so it is to be hoped that this could be replicated.

The Second team are also potentially in Cup semi-final action on Sunday. However I do not know if this is still the case. Definitely in action on Sunday is the Third Team who take the trip to Burythorpe to play Stamford Bridge in a twenty over game. Players and anyone crazy enough to want to spectate should set their alarms early as the game will start at 11:30am, with a 10:30am meet time. The game is twenty overs due to the World Cup final which kicks off at 4pm.

The Thirds may also be in action this week in the cup semi-final, this time at home against the same Stamford Bridge side. It may happen on Wednesday but please keep your eyes peeled on the Play-Cricket site for any fixture news. The Foss Evening League side travel to Heworth Colts on Wednesday too, which may mean that the Thirds move their match to a different day. We have until the middle of next week to sort it out.

Thank you to all those who attended the Funday event last Sunday and for Simon Baynes for sponsoring the event. Please keep an eye out for a Junior newsletter/e-mail with all the details of how much was raised.

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Many thanks to Simon Baynes – Wholesale Fruit and Vegetables supplier from York – for his sponsorship of the Funday Event.

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