Joe has Whale of a time in a power innings at Drax

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There was some seriously good individual performances in Ovington colours this weekend, as the First Team recorded a comprehensive success over Drax. For our other teams, there was some much tougher fixtures – including a Cup Final for the Third Team. For all the details about last weekend, read on.

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Drax II’s won the toss and elected to field, as usual in the Senior League. Regular skipper Pete Kelly was away at a Harry Potter themed-event but there was a different type of wizardry on show at Church Dike Lane. The hosts did not have the answers with the ball to trouble the Ovington top-order, as Joe Whale and Dom Carass put on a huge second wicket partnership. Carass hit 14 boundaries and 1 maximum as he was eventually dismissed for 81, while the rest of the Ovington batting persisted to support opener Joe Whale. By all accounts, Drax had their chances but Whale kept his composure to record a career-high score of 152 not out, with Tom Armes and Stefan Littlewood chipping in with scores in the 20’s. Ovington declared with seven overs remaining after Whale had reached his 150, with a final total of 323-4.

Drax II’s opener, captain and wicket-keeper Andrew Bodie showed some real heart in his 39 but the rest of the batting line-up simply failed to handle the exemplary bowling of Dr Neil Metcalfe. His 10.3 over spell, which recorded figures of 7-10 including four maidens, made the task of Drax to bat out their overs much tougher. Benjamin Busby took two of the other dismissals as Drax finally fell in the 34th over to a 234 run defeat.

Neil Metcalfe (r) took 7-10 on Saturday against Drax

There was the small matter of a cup final on Sunday as Ovington III’s faced Clifton Alliance IV’s at Selby in the first of a T20 Cup Final double-header. A BBQ for spectators was promised but at 2:30pm the cooking had barely started but by this time, Ovington had put together a reasonable total. After a loss of a couple of early wickets, Jacob Lamb (23) and Joe Browning (28) took Ovington from 14-2 to 77-4. Wickets fell, but captain Jimmy Taylor stepped up to the plate and his 29 not out helped Ovington to the respectable total of 131-7. Freddie Mills and George Brown both took two wickets.

In response, Clifton’s openers got off to a flier but first-change bowler Jacob Lamb backed up his batting with a great five over spell. His 3-24 swung the game in favour of Ovington and at 48-4, the South Bank side were in the driving seat. A partnership of 64 then between talented junior Joseph Hodge (29) and George Brown (47*) swung the match in favour of Clifton. Jed Fowke took the wicket of Hodge to make things interesting but an expensive penultimate over and some explosive hitting by Brown meant that Clifton reached the total with a handful of balls remaining for the loss of five wickets.

The usual disclaimers apply with a report from Liam Herringshaw. I don’t have to explain why. Here is his second team report from their match against Melbourne on Saturday.

Ovington’s tea was excellent. Sadly, Ovington’s team were excrement, as ten-man Melbourne rolled the relegation-threatened Knavesmire residents over in rapid fashion. Having won the toss and chosen to bat, the home team made slow progress against some very tight bowling from Andy Forman and Scott Coupland. After Liam Herringshaw ran himself out, Coupland snaffled both Sam Dixon and Harry Buckley to leave Ovington 23-3 after 13 overs. Virat Coley (28) and Josh Fletcher (22) then batted positively to put on 47 for the fourth wicket, before both fell with the score on 70. J. Coupland (3-32) then ripped out the lower middle order, and only Andrew Tomlinson’s 26 got Ovington much beyond 100.

Andy Cole (pictured batting) top-scored on Saturday for the Second Team.

Chasing 119 to win, Melbourne lost A. Thomas to the excellent Kurtly Bairdstow (7-1-21-1), but J. Coupland (70) started his batting as he’d finished his bowling, and clobbered some lovely shots right round the ground, as he took the other Ovington bowlers to the cleaners. With the finish line in sight, Coupland fell to the impressionistic first ball of Vincent van Hock, but Oliver Steels (32*) ensured there were no further wobbles, as Melbourne romped home by 8 wickets before the drinks break was even required.

Also in home team action on Saturday was the Third Team, who faced up Pocklington. Avid Ovington fans will remember the 5-7 that Jack Walmsley picked up against Pock in the reverse fixture earlier in the campaign, before the match was abandoned due to rain, with an Ovo victory almost certain. The team they faced today was different, with Pock II’s not having a game allowing a couple of talented juniors a chance to face Ovo. Pocklington batted first and although no batsman reached his fifty, all their top six got over 20. Three of Ovington’s bowlers picked up two wickets apiece in Pock’s 207-6, with Jimmy Taylor, Jon Souch and Luke Smith the beneficiaries.

The Ovo reply got off to a positive start with Sam Prangnell’s 38 including some positive shots before being dismissed by Pete Eastwood. Prangnell was also involved in a run-out with Jed Fowke, another one to join that not so exclusive club.  A lot of the Ovington top and middle-order made starts but they just got behind the run-rate. Jon Souch’s 48 came at the right time but they went from 184-6 to 190-9 in the desperation to get the required score, with the home side falling 18 short.

Sam Prangnell (pictured receiving the trophy) scored a quick-fire 38 and ran out Jed Fowke on Saturday.

All the details about next weekends matches will be posted in due course over the next day or so. Thank you to all supporters, sponsors and players for their involvement with Ovington CC. If you want a game this weekend, get in touch, we’re undoubtedly short!

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