There was a bit less Cricket than usual for Ovington’s Senior sides this past weekend as a Sunday match and a free week for the Thirds meant a few less players were required. There was plenty of success over the weekend, with our junior teams putting up some good performances too. See below for all the details.
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Our First Team travelled the short distance to face Heworth IV on Sunday, having had their Cup match against the same club be conceded a few weeks back. Ovington would have been considered heavy favourites and due to some excellent bowling performances over the past couple of games, the batting was given their chance to shine. Winning the toss and batting first, it was Tom Cookson and Pete Kelly who came to the fore. The former batted in his usual aggressive style and put the young Heworth bowling attack to the sword. His 123 came off just 93 balls and featured 19 boundaries and two 6’s. Such was his effort that he suffered a knee injury through his innings and had to retire hurt. Kelly on the other hand, was slightly more measured, his 99 coming from 95 balls before cruelly falling one short of his century. The duo put on 228 for the second wicket. Later on there was an entertaining 32 from Tom Armes, which helped put Ovo on 295-5 before skipper Benji Busby had seen enough.
In previous weeks, it was Dom Kitching who took the headlines and although his 2-14 is of course, excellent, it was fellow opening bowler Kurt Baird, on his first start in a couple of weeks, who made the impact. His pace was too much for the Heworth team and his 6-23 did the business. He was twice on a hat-trick and was unfortunate not to get one, and his seven over spell effectively won the match for the away team. Neil Metcalfe, another who hasn’t had much bowling this season, quickly got into the groove with his 2-5, while Benji Busby bowled two maidens in his 0-0. Only two Heworth batsman got into double figures as they succumbed to 42 all out.
The Second Team had the usually tough test on the Little Knavesmire as they hosted Kelfield on Saturday. Winning the toss and batting first on an excellent wicket, the top order all got starts. James Harrod (46), James Eckersley (17), Liam Herringshaw (36) and the returning Harry Buckley (42) got Ovington to 155-4. With time getting on however, the emphasis was on attack and thus, the middle/lower order never really contributed too much to the score, as they went to 187-9. Matthew Walker provided Kelfield with the wickets, with 5-44 from his 12 overs including two catches. B Atkinson took 3-42.
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A not insurmountable target for Kelfield and at 113-2, with the talented Jamie Wheeler at the crease alongside Neil Atkinson, the visitors were in the ascendancy. The introduction of Jack Walmsley to the bowling attack made a huge difference as he soon took the wicket of Wheeler. What looked like a recovery followed, but wickets started to fall, with the crucial dismissal of Neil Atkinson (47) the turning point. The veteran felt hard done by with the decision but he had to go and the Kelfield tail couldn’t get them over the line. Raja Thapa’s second spell was extremely useful as he ended with 3-32 while Mylife Sunuwar’s second spell was similarly tidy, with 4-56. Kelfield fell 10 runs short, registering new captain Jimmy Taylor’s first win as Second team skipper.
A sunny evening awaited the U9 ‘A’ team at Sheriff Hutton Bridge though a large shadow from the pavilion/trees made it rather cold. Ovington batted first due to traffic issues from York affecting numbers initially and there was some good shots against a team that had some useful fielders. After a year away due to other sporting activities Will Hempel made a welcome return to the fold displaying some powerful shots to top net score with 7. Lorcan Chant (1) displayed his usual attractive shots and was the unluckiest recipient of shots being affected by effective fielding. A fair bit was left to last pair and usual big hitters Wilf Metcalfe (4) and Ashley Steel (5) in the teams eventual 64/6.
Sheriff Hutton Bridge showed some excellent and admirable running between the wickets throughout most of their batting though Ovington were marginally the more accurate bowlers with Henri Sammons continuing his bowling form from recent performances (1-6) and Wilf being economical (0-9). Phoebe Andrews (1-12) continued her wicket taking and this umpire saw a candidate for ball of the season from Ashley (1-18) with an unplayable in-swinging fast middle stump yorker. It was a beauty. Sheriff Hutton Bridge finished on 83-3 to win by 34 runs, the difference being the running between the wickets and something Ovington, though improving, have seen can improve. A home match against local rivals Acomb A is next up for Ovo.
This week saw the U9 championship team having their first home game of the season but the “field of dreams” became more apt for their opponents Acomb rather than Ovington. Captain Maya Fitz-Gerald won the toss and chose to field first. The bowling is very much improved in accuracy, highlighted by again giving fewer wides than their opponents but the Acomb batting had some powerful leg side hitters to accumulate 98/3. A good catch by Lorcan Chant was seen with wicket takers being Ashley Steel (1-12), Will Hempel (1-14) and Maya (1-20).
The batting again had evidence of lessons being learned with much better attempts at calling and running between the wickets. This included Henri Sammons correctly advising his partner on the correct calling methods using phraseology that suggests he has heard, and taken on board, the same spiel of the coach dozens of time. There were also some nice drives and even a square cut. However, the bowling and fielding of Acomb was very impressive leading to only two batsman, Wilf Metcalfe (4) and Lorcan (1) with a positive net score in the team’s 68/10. Will and Ashley displayed some attacking shots, including a six being hit by the latter. All good experience in a 65 run loss.
The Under 11’s B team hosted Poppleton on Thursday night in a Cup match and a rare occurrence in Cricket took place not once, but twice, on the Little Knavesmire. Ovington B could be said to be extremely unfortunate in their two run defeat, not least due to two ‘Mankad’ dismissals that went against them. In a game where many of the participants are just starting their Cricket careers, and some of the rules in terms of bowling are not always followed to the letter of the law, it could be said to be disappointing for the game to be effectively decided in that way. Well done to Poppleton though on advancing to the next round.
Kelfield got a revenge of sorts on Ovington for Saturday’s defeat on Wednesday night when they hosted us in the Foss Evening League. Batting first, Tom Cookson continued his excellent batting form with a tidy 57 but lacked support at the other end, as only Benjamin Busby got double figures, with Ovo finishing on 111-5 off 18 overs. In response, Matt Dwyer impressed with the ball on his Ovington debut, but Kelfield saw him off and then used the idiosyncratic venue to their advantage, reaching the target with 4.1 overs left. Craig Lawson got 54 not out.
This is a Bank Holiday weekend and the selection problems that some clubs (including ours) struggle with. Second team opponents Wheldrake II have unfortunately had to concede in the Cup game. The First Team have a busy few days ahead. On Saturday, they host Londesborough Park, where the game will be played at Escrick (St Margarets School) due to the Races. It could be said to be the first tough test of the campaign for Ovington as Londesborough Park beat us in a close game at the University last campaign. Their 2019 hasn’t really got going yet due to the fixture list and the rain, but will be tough adversary on paper, and with a few Ovo players missing, promises to be a competitive affair. Monday also sees another home game for the First Team, where they host Cawood II on the Little Knavesmire, a fixture where they’ll be expected to be strong favourites. The Third Team are in cup action, where they travel to Selby on Saturday.
A few less junior matches this next week due to half-term/exams, but keep your eyes open for results and fixtures on Play-Cricket this week!