Irwin stars in Selby as Thirds get first win of 2019


There was scheduled to be plenty of Cricket for Ovington sides this past week but due to a multitude of reasons, not all the matches were able to be played. Half-term also contributed to a lack of junior fixtures. There was plenty of success, as well as some other good performances at all levels of the club.

The First Team had what was expected to be, their toughest test of the season so far last Saturday against Londesborough Park, where although Ovington were the home team, the game was to take place at Escrick. The visitors beat Ovington in a closely run match last season and were unbeaten in their completed matches in the league in 2019.

Firstly – we would like to thank our match sponsor for our matches last weekend, John’s Barber Shop, who is based on Green Lane in Acomb. Gents Haircuts very reasonably priced at £10. John can be contacted on 01904 789392. 

John’s Barbers Shop on Green Lane, who sponsored our games last weekend

Winning the toss and electing to bowl, the Londesborough Park openers did their best to not throw their wicket away, on a pitch that on some occasions was almost unplayable. Defensive batting was seen as the way forward and at 32-0, they had almost managed to see the two opening Ovington bowlers off. Dom Kitching took the wicket of Joel Taylor but wickets still didn’t come easy for the Ovington line-up. Pressure built though due to the disciplined Neil Metcalfe 2-21 from 12 overs and the introduction of Benjamin Busby (3-23) as wickets began to flow more freely as the match went on. Dom Kitching returned to the attack to clear up the tail as he ended up with 4-15 as Londesborough Park succumbed to a respectable total of 117ao from 43.2 overs. This consisted of a remarkable 18 maidens.

In reply, Tom Cookson wasn’t as explosive early on as in some weeks and opportunities were missed by the away side early on. He made them pay as he hit 54 not out from 65 balls, as extras was the next highest scorer with 21. It meant that Ovington reached the total in just 23 overs and kept the 100% unbeaten record intact. Unfortunately, the home game at Cawood II was called off due to the visitors being unable to raise a team.

On a damp wicket at Sandhill Lane Ovington III won the toss and elected to bowl in their cup match vs Selby. Opening bowlers Matt Dwyer (3-20) and Tom Irwin’s first five-wicket haul in senior cricket (5-17) took the top order of Selby by surprise with some tremendous bowling. With the score at 32-7 it looked like the game was a foregone conclusion and scheduled for an early finish. Bowling duties were shared around forthwith and this alongside resilient batting from S.Deanley (30) and J.Burrans (53) helped lead Selby to a respectable total of 143 all out.

We’d like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the Juniors and Seniors.

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After recent weeks of poor batting performances from Ovington this looked like a tough ask and at 16-2 it looked like it was going to be more of the same. However the introduction of Jon Woodall (coming out of retirement for the second time) helped opener Gabriel Uttley (57) move along with the runs with a fine effort of 28 runs before being caught of the bowling of Burrans(2-28). with the score at 108-3 things were looking up for Ovington. Two wickets in two balls changed the complexion of the game and now 108-5 looked completely different. Further wickets fell, so it was up to Chris Geelan (14) and James Mason(18) who chipped away nicely at the runs to pull Ovington closer to the target. With four needed to win the game Geelan took a wild swipe at the ball, striking it with real venom but straight to a fielder, who unfortunately dislocated his finger in dropping the chance. Mason soon hit a boundary to secure the win thus leading to rapturous Imran Tahir-like celebrations from his partner at the other end, much to the bemusement of the passing rail travellers on the Hull to Leeds line. The win means a second-round tie against Division II side Pocklington.

Tom Irwin had a great day with the ball on Saturday and backed this up with a win as Foss Evening League captain, as Ovington easily beat a weakened “Asgard” Vikings, formerly known under a similar name with sponsorship from a well-known York-based Insurance company. Jack Walmsley’s 2-5 did the damage early on before Luke Smith was more expensive, but picked up three wickets in his spell of 3-26. This led Ovo to chase a target of 67 and even with a slightly modified batting order, they made the target with a few overs left. Tom Armes top-scored with 22 not out, with skipper Irwin carrying his bat through with 12.

Ovington’s Under 11’s were up against it vs Acomb from the get go, as the west of York suburb’s side were far more disciplined with the ball. There was however, some positive bowling performances from Ovington’s youngsters, as Seth Young (2-8) and Ashley Steel (2-19) both picked up two wickets, whilst three other Ovington bowlers got themselves a dismissal. There will be far more competitive games for the Under 11’s in the next few weeks. On Thursday, the U15’s were narrowly beaten by a strong York side in the Cup, losing by just 13 runs.

For this weekend, there is no cricket for the First Team, and it will be up to their Senior League rivals to try and close the gap. The Second team can’t benefit too strongly from the lack of a First Team game, but the added availability can only help in some way. They may the long trip to South Cave & Brantingham, a fairly tough place to visit for away teams and with some formidable bowlers in their arsenal. That being said, the win against Kelfield two weeks ago was a real fillip for the side, so it ought to be a competitive game.

The Third Team are also in action again, this time they play on the Little Knavesmire vs local rivals Bishopthorpe, where Rod Stewart will likely provide the soundtrack to some part of the game, as he plays on the Racecourse nearby. The ‘derby’ occurs as Bishopthorpe were relegated from Div II last season, having gone up the season before that. They beat Pocklington IV’s easily last week, so it will be two teams that come into this game with a recent win. Team news below.

Players of the Ovington Fantasy Cricket League might be advised to use their Wildcard if your team is built around the big-hitters in the First Team, it’s likely they won’t score any points for the next two weeks. I’m not planning on following my own advice here – but I’m not doing that well this season anyway. Remember to leave some £’s to get these players back in though!

Good luck to all the Ovington sides this week.


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