Bright start for Juniors as senior season continues

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There were lots to like about Ovington performances across all teams this past week, as the junior season came into focus. It was also the first game in the Foss Evening League campaign under newly appointed captain Tom Irwin, who had a victory in just getting a team together, with on Tuesday just five players in the squad.

The U9 championship team got off to a winning start at Pocklington on Wednesday evening. This did not seem likely when, batting first, a wicket was lost to the very first ball of the season, and two having been lost by the end of the first over. However, there were some big hits as well as attempts at running between the wickets which saw Henri Sammons (10) and Phoebe Andrews (9) top score in the teams 68 for 2. With matches now being 6 a side rather than 8 a side this was a competitive total.

The Jammie Dodgers from Pocklington were well received and the team tried hard with their bowling and fielding. Improvements in accuracy were pleasing from last season with Lorcan Chant (0-6) and Wilf Metcalfe (1-6) being the most economical. Maya FitzGerald got her debut wicket (1-15) and did some impressive wicketkeeping. Phoebe (1-8) obtained the other wicket. Captain Ashley Steel provided both leg spin and some fast bowling to keep things tight in the last over to restrict Pocklington to 67 for 4 and leading to an 11 run win. A pleasant evening against friendly opposition with some good cricket. Hopefully more to come with the team for the rest of the season.

Monday saw the opening game of the Under 15’s season where Ovington hosted Londesborough Park. The visitors opted to bat but were made to rue that decision with some tremendous bowling by two players with plenty of Ovington senior experience. Finn Baqai showed brilliant control with figures of 3-1 from three overs, while Jack Walmsley almost matched that feat with 2-3 from three overs, both amazing displays of bowling. Given this, it was no surprise that Londesborough Park struggled to get many runs on the board and with wickets also coming to both Zachary and Joshua Blower, alongside Montegomery Grenyer, meant a target of 55 was set for the home team.

Again, it was Walmsley and Baqai who came to the fore, who knocked off the target with a minimum of fuss. Baqai registered 33 not out, while Walmsley chipped in with an unbeaten 11, reaching the target in just ten overs.

The opening day of the Foss Evening League season almost didn’t happen for Ovington, as the side only had five players on the eve of the game. Due to some good work from new captain Tom Irwin and Third Team skipper Luke Smith, a side of ten was assembled for the trip to Wheldrake with at least three players making their Ovo debuts.

Batting first, as is the rule for away teams, Graham Walton fell early but it was then a dominating batting display from Tom Cookson (58*) and Joe Browning (57) who put the Wheldrake bowling attack to the sword in no uncertain terms. They put on over 100 for the second wicket before Browning eventually was run out with a couple of overs remaining. Ovington finished their innings on 148-2 from their 18 overs.

It was a great start for the visitors as Benjamin Busby took a wicket with his first delivery, and from then on Wheldrake were always a bit on the back-foot. Wickets were hard to come by though until the introduction of debutante Uwin Waidyaratne, whose 2-30 made the breakthrough with Wheldrake on 70-1. His effort was partnered with another Ovo debutante, serving British Army Gurkha, Gagan Gaha (2-17) doing enough to protect the Ovington total and leading to a 19 run success.

The Under 11’s B team lost narrowly in their first game against North Duffield. In an inexperienced team, it proved a solid performance and they’ll be looking to build on that in future weeks.

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On to this week and the First Team face another away game, this time against North Cave. Supporters of Ovington will know at one stage this was a crunch match between two teams near the top of the York Vale League. The fixture isn’t quite as fiery as it once was, but both teams recorded a victory in the respective fixtures last season, so it ought to be a competitive fare. Team news, as of the Selection Committee – below. This is subject to change. Notable absentees includes wicketkeeper Stefan Littlewood and fast bowler Kurt Baird.

The Second Team are without captain Jimmy Taylor and host Yapham II at the Little Knavesmire, who were rained off in their opening game of the season. The visitors were one of the teams promoted from Division II last season, finishing a long way behind the front-running Stockton & Hopgrove, so on paper, Ovington would be regarded as favourites. However, with a strong junior set-up and an ability to always attract players, Yapham won’t be an easy game.

The Third Team travel to Burn II, who were winners in the opening game-week of the season. The hosts trounced newcomers Heslington in that first game, with Burn’s Dan Robinson (8 or 9 wickets vs Heslington) another likely danger with the ball here. Ovington III showed plenty of aptitude with the bat though in their rain-affected game, so it should be a good match on a ground well known for bundles of runs. Team news as follows, however my belief is that due to injury, there may be a change or two.

There’s other matches going on throughout the week, including juniors and Evening League sides.

Don’t forget to change your Fantasy Cricket Teams and all the best to all the Ovington sides this coming week!

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