With the Junior season coming to a close, the Senior season is still in full swing. All three teams were in action and there’s more games to come over the course of the week ahead.
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The First Team travelled to Carlton Towers II and it was a must-win game for the Ovington side, with just seven games at the time remaining and a 69 point difference between the promotion places, one of which is taken by this opposition, any chance Ovington have of going up requires a win. Losing the toss and put put into bat, the Ovington top order never really got going and the match looked in serious peril at 79-5. It was then some stoic resistance by Neil Metcalfe (38 from 53), supported towards the end of the innings by Dom Everard (18) and Benjamin Busby (19*) that helped the Ovington innings to some level of respectability. A fiery pitch and some inconsistent bounce led to difficulties for the Carlton Towers wicket-keeper and 25 byes, with a final total of 203-9 from the full 45 overs. James Stephenson’s 3-36 was the pick of the bowling.
The chase was full of drama and at many stages throughout the game, both teams would have been strong favourites. Economical early spells by Dom Kitching and Dom Everard kept the run-rate down but it was the introduction at #4 of Layton Hallam which initially swung the game in the home team’s favour. His 78, featuring 13 boundaries and 1 six, dominated the scoring. He lacked support at the other end though and when Hallam finally fell to the first ball of Dom Kitching’s second spell, at 139-6, the game looked to be going in Ovington’s favour. Unfortunately, ex-Hirst Courtney man James Hinchcliffe had other ideas and his 40 from 33 balls won the game for Carlton Towers, hitting a boundary off the last ball to finish it with just two wickets remaining.
On a scorchio day that made Millthorpe Mediterranean, it was something of a surprise that South Cave & Brantingham won the toss and chose to field against Ovington. There were a tight first few overs from A. Kalwani and Tony Scotter, but James Harrod (60) and Matt Spooner (46) began to play some fine shots as they put on 97 for the first wicket. Harry Buckley (38) and Liam Herringshaw (54*) then came in and played with freedom, and no small degree of flair, to take the hosts to an imposing 227-4.
Cave weren’t daunted by the chase though and, as N. Pai (45) hit the first two balls of the innings for 4, they were well ahead of the run rate. Simon Rogerson and Jack Walmsley began to regain control with some very tidy bowling, though, and when Tom Irwin (2-42) was introduced, both openers fell quickly. Ed Ryan (16) and A. Kalwani (46) weren’t fazed though, and Kalwani played some particularly good shots, including 16 off the first 3 balls of an Andy Hockenhull over, as Ovington began to wobble. It took a captain’s performance from Dick Buckley (4-26) to come to his team’s rescue, helped by three catches from Simon Rogerson, and the visitors wilted in the late afternoon heat, falling from 109-2 to 171 all out to lose by 56 runs.
The Third Team faced what will become regular rivals Stamford Bridge in a reducted twenty-over contest on Sunday morning at Burythorpe, where at least five of the team almost ended up lost in rural North Yorkshire. Being asked to field first, in-form junior Jack Walmsley (2-12) powered down the hill and caused problems throughout his five-over spell. As any visitor to Burythorpe will know, bowling up the hill is a much more complex problem, but Jed Fowke (1-9) and Luke Smith (2-7) coped best and after a ropey start, kept Stamford Bridge IV to a total of 120-6. Graham Walton showed his class with the gloves with two stumpings.
A run-rate of just over 6 was an achievable target but Ovington got a really solid base with the opening partnership of 67 between Graham Walton (24) and Jed Fowke (41). The latter hitting 8 boundaries and once both were dismissed, Ovington were exactly up with the rate needing 38 to win, with eight wickets in hand. Jacob Lamb (13*) kept his composure while Chris Geelan’s 17 not out from eight balls got the job done at the other end, to secure a seven wicket victory with ten deliveries remaining.
The Third Team are scheduled to face Stamford Bridge all over again on Wednesday, where both teams will no doubt be greatly different, but in a cup semi-final, we’re hoping for a similar result.
Keep your eyes peeled for details about next week’s fixtures and results from the midweek games on the website/facebook/play-cricket pages.