The Third Team did the job on Wednesday night as they have made it through to the Final of the T20 Prendergast Memorial Trophy – while the Second team have their chance to reach the final on the same day with their semi-final on Sunday. Lots of teams in action and not a lot of players available! See below for all the details.
Big thank you to our Weekend Match Sponsor – D & K Stores on Albermarle Road for their sponsorship of the home matches on Saturday. Find them on the corner of Brunswick Street.
Firstly, we have some news and some tickets that are available to club members. The club has got two T20 Blast Tickets for Yorkshire V Derbyshire at Headingley on Monday 30th July gates open 5.00pm with a start time 6.30pm.
Also, we have two T20 Blast Tickets for Yorkshire V Leicestershire at Headingley on Tuesday 31st July gates open 5.00pm with a start time 6.30pm. If anyone is interested in the tickets just get in touch with Fletch.
The Third Team recorded a routine win against Stamford Bridge for the second time in four days with a great team performance. Fielding first as is their preference, five Ovington bowlers were among the wickets and kept things tight throughout. This restricted the scoring substantially and meant that Stamford Bridge could only get to 59-6 from their 20 overs. Jon Souch had the best figures with 2-5, while Luke Smith (1-9) was unlucky not to get a better return from his four-over spell and took the important wicket of Adrian Muir.
It was always going to be difficult to defend for the depleted visitors with such a low total and after an early wicket was lost, Joe ‘Boom Boom’ Browning took apart the Stamford Bridge attack. His 42 not out came off just 23 balls, featured six 4’s and two 6’s and helped reach the target in just 8.5 overs. Graham Walton at the other end supported admirably with 16 not out. The final is due to take place at Selby on August 12th.
Special thanks to all our Sponsors, who are helping the club continue to grow it’s Junior and Senior sections in 2018.
The evening league team were ‘Baq’ to winning ways, grabbing their second victory of the season away to a youthful Heworth Colts side, writes Jed Fowke.
Ovington’s top order struggled to impose themselves on the Heworth opening bowlers, and were 3 wickets down by the 7th over with only 22 runs on the board, after fine bowling by Heworth’s A Oliver (2-12) and R Patel (1-16). Evening league debutante Matthew Spooner continued his solid form with the weekend with the 2nd team, by kick-starting Ovington’s innings with a well made 40, before being run out. Finn Baqai added a valuable 18 runs before suffering the same fate. Ovington were left defending 103 from their 18 overs.
Opening bowlers Benji Busby (2-14) and Dick Buckley were not in a very generous mood. They combined to restrict Heworth to 22 runs from 8 overs, ably supported by some excellent work in the field. Finn Baqai made a fantastic return with the ball by posting figures of 2-5 from 4 overs, which included a maiden. Finn combined with Charlie Buckley (2-11) to apply further pressure to the home side, the latter also taking two catches. Skipper Jed Fowke picked up the last wicket, denying the express pace bowler and all round good guy Josh Fletcher a deserved second over, to secure victory by 50 runs as Heworth slumped to 53 all out. The next evening league game is away to Westow on Wednesday 25th July.
Onto this week and there’s a double-header of home matches for Ovo supporters on Saturday, while the other takes a difficult trip deep into North Yorkshire. The First Team will try avenge their early season defeat when they come up against old foes North Cave. Both teams find themselves in the upper echelons of the table but have very little to play for but pride, with a significant gap between them and the two teams in promotion contention. It will be a welcome return to the Little Knavesmire for an Ovington first team who have not played there for almost a month.
The Second Team face a tricky trip to top of the table and unbeaten in the league Westow. The fixture between these two in the league was a fairly competitive affair which was in stark contrast to one-sided cup fixture a few weeks later. With a depleted team available, it may be such selection issues and absences impact Westow too, so let us hope for a competitive game. The Second Team also have a cup semi-final away at Stamford Bridge in a 20/20 contest on Sunday. They are still short so anyone wanting to play who is eligible please get in touch with Dick Buckley.
The Third Team face Thorpe Willoughby in a home fixture at Millthorpe School. It was a fairly one-sided affair earlier in the season but with a much different squad, at least three debutantes making an appearance, anything could happen.
Good luck to all Ovington teams this weekend.