All the details from last week’s Cricket action at Ovington CC, and a look forward to what is coming in terms of matches over what may well be a wet weekend.
Firstly, as you may have already seen on Social Media, we are sad to report the passing of Derek Davies, more commonly known as “Grandad Cookson”, who died last Friday. Derek was a keen supporter of Ovington sides and was a frequent visitor to the Little Knavesmire, even if Tom wasn’t playing and would be counted as one of Ovington’s biggest supporters. He will be sorely missed by everyone at the club. Our thoughts are with Tom and all the family for their loss. For those wishing to pay their respects, the funeral will take place at York Crematorium on Tuesday the 7th of August at 10.20am.
Three Senior Sides were in action on Saturday and the Second Team had two games in two days. There was some astounding individual performances with the bat and ball throughout the club.
North Cave vs Ovington was a close-run affair earlier in the season but the return leg was nothing of the sort, as Ovington ran out nine-wicket winners. Fielding first, North Cave started slowly before Finn Baqai and Dom Kitching took the important wickets of Michael Stellings and John Buttle. Baqai’s six over spell only went for five and this was the sign of things to come. Up-stepped Neil Metcalfe and in his eleven over spell, he recorded figures of 2-5, which featured six maidens. Dom Everard (2-20) and Benji Busby (3-19) did the rest of the damage as North Cave succumbed to 81 all out from 34.3 overs. It only took 13.5 overs to reach the total as Joe Whale (46 not out from 41 balls) and Pete Kelly (34 not out from 35) made sure.
Big thank you to last weekends Match Sponsor – D & K Stores on Albermarle Road for their sponsorship of the home matches last Saturday. Find them on the corner of Brunswick Street.
The Second Team travelled to a Westow team who are unbeaten in the league. The Ryedale side, batting first, were made to work for their runs and after first 10 overs only had a modest score on the board. They say “catches win matches” and with at least seven drops, Ovington could potentially rue making this game much closer. Openers Matthew Shipley and Andrew Welford started to build some runs and with 20 overs gone reached their century partnership. Welford fell for 49 to the first ball after drinks due to Tom Irwin, which brought in-form Jacob Stephenson to the crease and he rapidly made his way to 55. Shipley brought up his hundred before departing for 110 to the impressive Jack Walmsley (2-34 off eight overs) as Westow closed on 284-5. Josh Fletcher’s (1-37) disguises an economy rate which could have bought a drink in a pub as the majority of the other Ovo bowlers struggled to make in-roads against a strong Westow side.
The total was well beyond Ovington, who lost Liam Herringshaw without a run in the scorebook. Only Jack Walmsley (42) made a real impression as even first senior cricket sixes for Tom Irwin and Chris Geelan could only get Ovington to 150 and four batting points. Will Hughes (4-51) and Nathan Pratt (2-29) were the standout bowlers with Pratt especially dangerous early on in the innings.
The Second Team also had the business of a Cup semi-final to contend with against Stamford Bridge III. They fielded an array of players who may not be seen in Ovington colours again and in the T20 contest, put up a respectable total of 95-8. Harry Buckley opened the batting and was top-scorer, while the pairing of Jack and T Cleary both got into double-figures. Martin Veysey fell to the first ball of the innings from Jack Walmsley but the rest of the top-order stepped up and Stamford Bridge got over the line with seven wickets to spare and a couple of overs left.
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In a match reduced by mutual consent to 32 overs per side, Thorpe Willoughby II took Ovington II to the final over before their total was overhauled. Batting first the visitors innings kicked into gear when Andy Moore and Richard Bowker came together with 35-4 on the board. Moore top scored with 58 assisted by 33 from Bowker and a quickfire 18 from Skipper Craig Welford. With a quick outfield showing the results of the prolonged dry spell, Ovington stuck to the task well as Thorpe ended up on a respectable 165 all out in the 31st over. Opening bowler Montgomery Grenyer returned to the Ovington senior sides with an impressive 4-34.
The Ovington reply got off to a quick start well above the asking rate but as wickets fell Thorpe remained well in the game. The undoubted star of the innings was wicketkeeper Graham Walton who carried his bat through the innings for 71 not out and along with Raj Rai put on 74 for the 3rd wicket. Thorpe’s bowlers stuck to the task but couldn’t get the breakthrough into the Ovington tail with Sam Hinch’s 3 for 48 the pick. Ovington eased over the line in the 31st over and Thorpe were left to rue not batting out their full innings.
This week sees York Races which means a change of venue for our First Team. They come up against Cawood II at the University of York, who are yet to win a match in the 2018 league season. At least playing at the University means there is some possibility that a game will take place if rain forecast arrives. The Second Team will be up at Milthorpe School as they face a crunch game against Askham Bryan. Both sides find themselves near the bottom of Division One and whoever wins will feel much more confident about staying up in 2018. Ovington will be hoping that Steve Drake, who smashed an enormous total in their opening match, isn’t about. The Third Team have a Sunday trip to Yapham to face, where the game will take place at Bishop Wilton. Yapham are towards the lower-half of the table but are a strong team to face on a Sunday and beat third-placed side Clifton Alliance last weekend on the Sunday, so it will be a tough match if the game survives the weather.
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