It was an afternoon to remember for many around the Knavesmire last Saturday, as Rod Stewart played a set at the Racecourse. Prior to that, Ovo junior Jack Wilson picked up a memorable hat-trick in the defeat of local rivals Bishopthorpe II.
On a pristine batting surface, Bishopthorpe won the toss and elected to bat. Veteran Geoff Deighton fell early but the visitors found early success with the batting of D Latimer (45) and Marcus Whitmore (42). At 81-3, the game was fairly evenly balanced before Bishopthorpe took the upper-hand. The introduction of S. Clews (55), Whitmore and Extras (51 in total) meant that they reached a score of 203 without losing another wicket. In the final few overs, the bowlers recovered well. Australian Matt Dwyer took the wicket of Whitmore as Jack Wilson, already with two wickets to his name, took the lead. His hat-trick took his final figures to a remarkable 6-45 from nine overs, and meant Bishopthorpe only reached 224 from their 40 overs. Sam Prangnell as wicketkeeper took two catches.
Prangnell opened the innings after a plentiful tea was served and he started well with a knock of 20, but there wasn’t much in the way of top-order support generally and the score went to 43-3, with Thomas Irwin and new batsman Matt Dwyer at the crease. For someone who claims he is a bowler, Dwyer, visiting the UK from Australia, played a remarkable innings. His back-foot drives were a joy to behold and in an innings with very few chances given, he scored a superb century, eventually ending up on a total of 106. He had support at the other end in the form of Irwin (20) and Jon Woodall (29). Dwyer eventually fell with a few runs left remaining, having advanced down the track to win the game with a boundary. It was then James Mason who hit the winnings runs for the second week running as Ovo ran out three wicket winners with two overs left.
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The Second Team were present for the most part for Dwyer’s innings as their game at South Cave & Brantingham was not a long one. Bowlers dominated the proceedings at the East Yorkshire venue as another Ovo junior called Jack, in this case Jack Walmsley, took 4-14 while Dom Everard’s 3-17 meant that the home team only reached 57. Ovington did their best to make things complicated with wickets falling early. It took captain Jimmy Taylor (18 not out) to steady the ship and lead Ovo to a five wicket win.
A very close and entertaining encounter was seen at the Little Knavesmire on Wednesday night between Ovington and Heworth U9 “A” teams. Perhaps on looking back on how the game panned out, the most significant event was perhaps he coin toss which Heworth won and they decided to bat last. On a track that offered little bounce perhaps due to a combination of the previous days rain along with the average height of participants, a number of run opportunities were missed by Ovington with the ball going under their bats on numerous occasions. However, Ashley Steel managed to avoid a golden duck, as well on one occasion demonstrate expertly the rarely seen forward defensive in accruing the joint highest score of 6 with Will Hempel, who showed some nice drives and more determined running in scoring the same. It was Ashley together with Phoebe Andrews who put on the biggest partnership (net 14) and fresh from their recent school-team success the partnership of Will and Maya FitzGerald had the greatest number of run scoring shots. The team managed 50 for 4 which is a competitive total.
On returning to the field, Ovington provided some useful bowling at times and created enough chances. There were 2 excellent catches, one diving forward by Henri Sammons at square leg and one by Will FitzGerald. Tremendous bowling figures of 1-1 were recorded by captain Wilf Metcalfe with Ashley (1-6) and Henri (1-7) being the other wicket takers. But for a couple of dropped catches and the pitch occasionally diverting possible wicket taking balls to just miss compared with the opposite received when batting, Ovington could have gone into the last over ahead. Instead Heworth were one run (46 for 3) ahead net and showed tactical acumen in defending the last over out. A one run loss for Ovington though.
“It is what it is”, a phrase popular this week apparently from ITV’s Love Island, (Editor note: Yes, Neil Metcalfe is quoting Love Island in his report) could have been apt but in fact more learning opportunities were achieved from this game compared with others. This was evident later that evening when some passion and appropriate mild frustration was noted by his mother to be coming from the skipper when recounting the match.
The Under 13’s were eliminated from the Plate competition against a strong Dunnington team. A fiery display of opening bowling by Oliver Steel kept the run-rate down initially and it was the Dunnington middle-order that did the majority of the damage with the bat, as they eventually reached 146-7 from their 20 overs. Ted Farrell and Josh Blower both took two wickets apiece. In response, wickets for Ovington were lost early and it soon became a lost cause of sorts. Jackson Clark (11) showed strong determination to keep his wicket intact before Oliver Steel came in and batted well, reaching 33 before retiring not out. Extras also helped contribute to the score as Ovington fell 55 runs short.
The Under 15’s were involved in a high-scoring game against Woodhouse Grange on Monday evening on the Little Knavesmire. The visitors batted first and after Jack Walmsley took an early wicket, it was all one-way traffic for the batting side. Although no-one reached their fifty, six of the top eight reached double figures as Woodhouse Grange got 160-6 from their 20 overs. Wickets were shared around with some good fielding from the Ovo side in parts, as they took two run outs.
A not insurmountable total by any means but the visitors kept the run-rate increasing throughout and even Finn Baqai, Noah Morgan and Joel Edmondson all getting 16 runs or more, it wasn’t enough as Ovo fell 46 runs short.
The Foss Evening League side only mustered ten players in their contest against Wheldrake on Wednesday evening. The visitors batted first and David Skaith, opening the innings, went at better than a run-a-ball in his innings of 43. Dave Ward was another to contribute with the bat for 29 as Wheldrake secured a final total of 119-5 from their 18 overs. Seven bowlers from Ovington were used with Benjamin Busby (2-16), Luke Smith (1-17) and Mylife Sunuwar (1-15) the highlights.
Ovington in their response had two of their top three miss out but thankfully, Tom Cookson managed to stay at the crease. He carried his bat through for an impressive 58 not out from 47 deliveries. With support from Raj Rai (17) and captain Thomas Irwin (26 not out from 20 balls), Ovo got to the target total with more than two overs remaining.
As you may have seen, the club was subject to some vandalism last weekend on Friday and Saturday evenings. The Police are investigating (see below) and contact them if you have information. Thank you for your support in relation to this, we have had a great response.
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Unfortunately our Sightscreens have been vandalised again, I’m not sure why someone would want to do this.
A big group of teenagers were spotted near this sightscreen last night, if anyone has any info can you please send us a DM. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/fzrNy6H8in
The First Team were not in action this week – but still retained top spot, for now, as Drax I failed to get the full 30pts in their game against Selby. Another free week follows this Saturday. The Second team host Askham Bryan and will be hopeful of a victory, given the visitors have yet to win in 2019 in league action. Ovo will go into the match as favourites, especially after the win last weekend. For the Thirds, they travel to Pocklington II with a potentially strong looking team making the trip, with Andy Cole included (as of Thursday) to bolster the top-order batting. Keep your eyes on the Ovington Twitter page for any team updates
2nd team at home to Askham Bryan, 1:30 start.— Ovington CC (@OvoCricket) June 6, 2019
D Buckley (c)
3rds away at Pock, 1:30 start.— Ovington CC (@OvoCricket) June 6, 2019
Best of luck to all the Ovington sides this coming week!