Kitching powers through Drax with another fine performance

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There was a certain case of Déjà vu on Saturday as for the second week running, the First Team were easy winners with opening bowler Dominic Kitching taking all the plaudits with another fine performance with the ball. There was a mixed picture in terms of results for other Ovington sides this week, however there was some fine individual performances from our future stars.

The first bit of club news is that after an amazing amount of interest – we will no longer be accepting new ECB All Stars registrations for our 2019 program. Apologies if any inconvenience has been caused. For those who may have missed out – I would heartily recommend joining us for our Junior Training sessions, from 18:30 – 20:00 on the Little Knavesmire which are suitable for that age group, as well as older children. Contact us on Facebook or via the Get Involved page for more details.

The First Team hosted their opening home game of the season against Drax II. Ovington came into the match as strong favourites given past meetings but it must have still been a surprise that the home side were so dominant. Winning the toss and electing to field, Dom Kitching, for the second week running, tore into a batting line-up and Drax II were simply never in it. Even the much touted “Rogerson v Rogerson” clash failed to materialise as Kitching showed tremendous skill with the ball. He ended the Drax innings with figures of 7-6 and Drax 23 all out. Simon Rogerson’s 2-15 and Benji Busby’s 1-1 the other bowlers to take the wickets. With rain approaching, Joe Whale hit four boundaries in eight balls to secure a nine wicket victory.

The Under 9’s Development squad had their first match of the season this week. Put into bat, Ovington’s “Captain Fantastic” Wilf Metcalfe and Lorcan Chant hit out and scored quick runs putting the pressure back on Dunnington’s bowlers with a succession of boundaries. Dunnington bowlers replied well against the middle order partnership “TNT” Ted Eckersley Green and Toby Metcalfe. A run-out and the loss of a wicket pegging Ovington back.

Our final partnership again got the scoreboard ticking over with Alex Taylor Guino putting in a great debut performance with three boundaries. Well assisted by partner Jack Matthews, Ovington reached competitive total of 69.

At change of innings Lorcan and Ted opened the bowling and kept the batters tied down and despite a few wide balls, didn’t concede many boundaries. Despite excellent fielding and great application the game began to get away from Ovington through the middle overs. A Fantastic debut bowling effort from Jack Matthews saw Ovington take their first wicket of the match. The last over of the day fell to Wilf Metcalfe, and despite fast and accurate bowling was left with too much to do to win the match, Dunnington finishing on 79. Onwards and upwards!

On a day with rain in the air, the bowlers were the victors in the clash between Stockton & Hopgrove and Ovington II. Batting first, James Harrod (26) got Ovo off to a good start but wickets fell around him before he fell, with the score at 44-4. The middle-order failed to handle the pair of Rathuayake and Williams as they dismantled the remaining batting line-up, leaving Ovington on just 69 all out.

Two wickets for Mylife Sunuwar didn’t seem to be enough as Stockton & Hopgrove got to 50-2 and with bundles of overs remaining, the game looked to be coming to a close. There was plenty of drama still to come, though, as Montgomery Grenyer came on to bowl. His tremendous spell of 5 overs, 2 maidens, 5 wickets for 8 runs was scintillating and put the game on a knife-edge. Ranjan Bhattacharya supported Grenyer with two further wickets, but Dean Tyler’s boundary got Stockton & Hopgrove home with just one wicket remaining. A tremendous effort from the Ovington bowling attack to get it so close.

The U13s faced a tough trip to Sheriff Hutton Bridge, and were put into bat by the home side.

Ovington lost three early wickets following some fine bowling by Bridge’s openers. Alex Garner-Steel helped steady the ship with a fantastic 25, which included 3x4s. Alex combined well with Josh Blower (10) to post a partnership of 47, before falling to the bowling of Ben Kirby (2-14). The visitors finished on 68 runs from their 20 overs.

Bridge’s opening batsmen got off to a flying start, racking up 42 runs within the first 5 overs. W Warren hit a series of boundaries (3x4s; 3x6s) before retiring out on 31. Warren had earlier been caught twice in the field (Joe Fowke and Ruben Pollack), only for both efforts to be ruled out as no-balls.

Economical bowling by Noah Morgan, Conall Wilson and Ted Farrell helped stem the flow of runs, but Bridge reached their target in the 14th over to wrap up a comfortable win. The pick of the Ovington bowlers was Ted Farrell, who posted superb figures of 3-0-5-3. The next U13s fixture is a cup match against Sheriff Hutton Bridge on 19th May, which has now been moved to Little Knavesmire.

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The Third Team hosted Thorpe Willoughby at Millthorpe School and the home game wasn’t really at the races in their batting innings. Jacob Lamb (22) and the returning Joe Warn (10), alongside U13 Noah Morgan (9) all got starts but couldn’t build on it as Ovington stuttered to 79-7. There was late resistance by Thomas Irwin (17) and debutante Jack Wilson (15), before Irwin was well caught by veteran Loggy Stones. With 21 extras, Ovington reached 120 all out with 5 balls remaining, a score observers at the time suggested was eighty short.

Thorpe Willoughby to their credit, batted really well and Pete Wilson’s 47 not out, alongside Andrew Moore’s unbeaten 37, meant that the visitors were never really in any danger. A notable bowling performance came from debutante Wilson (0-13 including three maidens) who kept things under wraps at the start of the innings. Jacob Lamb picked up the sole dismissal in a nine-wicket defeat.

The Under 11’s B team came up against Poppleton in a home match on Thursday night and showed good character in defeat. Up against a side who just have one team, Poppleton’s bowlers did the damage as the took seven wickets as opposed to Ovo’s 1. Ovington showed more with the bat and scored more runs but the deductions for the loss of wickets meant a 17 run defeat.

The Foss Evening League side got a full team with some new names on the teamsheet for the short trip to Copmanthorpe, where they could have got there by bus. Batting first, Ovo got off to a steady start with Gabriel Uttley (13) and Finn Baqai (25) taking the score to 39 before the latter departed. The visitors then found it tough going with the middle-order struggling against the bowling of Adam Mosley (4-7) and Chris Aplin (2-17). Extras ended up being the second highest scorer as they stuttered to 78-8 from their 20 overs.

In reply, Copmanthorpe struggled to make ground against Benji Busby (2-14 from 5 overs) but saw off the First Team captain and went on to make great strides with Nick Dale (21*) and Chris Aplin (32*) scoring at about a run-a-ball to secure an eight wicket win with five overs remaining.

This week is an interesting dilemma for captains, but not the usual. Instead of a reduced squad as is common through the Cricket season, this time Ovo have less games so in theory, an abundance of available players…

The First Team do not play on Saturday this weekend and instead travel to Heworth. They were originally due to play Heworth III in the Dave Conner Trophy, but the Elm Park Way based side have conceded that fixture, so Ovington have advanced to the next round. They’ll play either Dringhouses II or New Earswick. Sunday’s fixture sees Ovington play Heworth IV in a game we’ll be looking to win to continue the unbeaten start to the season.

The Second team are the sole representatives of Ovington on Saturday as they host Kelfield in what promises to be a tough fixture. The visitors haven’t had much luck with the weather this campaign but will have designs of being close to the top of the table. With plenty of returning faces though, including likely starter James Eckersley, Ovington will be hopeful of picking up their first win of the season. The Third Team have a free week.

There’s plenty of junior fixtures this week – keep an eye on the Play Cricket for more details.

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