Rain cancels play as Firsts return to Escrick

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The weather was the winner last week as the rain meant very little cricket was able to be played by Ovington sides this past week.

Saturday sees a return to action for the Ovington First Team, who have actually benefited from the poor weather over the past couple of weeks. Last weekend’s washout meant current closest rivals Drax were rained off, them picking up just nine points. It means Ovington are just five points behind with a game in hand, and 53 points ahead of third-placed Woodhouse Grange IV.

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This weekend sees them home game, but due to York Races, the match will take play at Escrick on the school site. They play Senior League Division 4 newcomers Eastrington II, who albeit only winning one fixture outright in 2019, have picked up two winning draws. The last time Ovington hosted a team on this ground, they faced their toughest test of the season so far against Londesborough Park, but were victorious by eight wickets. Dom Kitching picked up four wickets that day but is unavailable for this game, so Jack Walmsley is one of those introduced.

The Second Team were originally scheduled to play a home game but have switched the fixture to the away team’s venue, Melbourne. I am not sure if they are able to benefit from the award-winning teas however. The now home team are two places above Ovington but only by seven points. Availability at present is good generally around the club and a strong team looks set to take the field. Tom Irwin receives recognition for his good form this campaign with a promotion to the second team.

The Third Team actually have a home game and in what could be one of the last few matches at the Millthorpe School ground, take on Vale League newcomers Heslington, who with a young team are yet to win in the league in 2019. That being said, Ovington were holders of that title until their last completed league match two weeks ago. There’s plenty of strength in-depth in theory, especially in the bowling department, as Grenyer, Wilson and Thapa have all impressed in parts with the ball this season, two of those at second team level. Shaun Fell makes his Ovo debut after moving from the Scarborough area, welcome to the club. Chris Geelan continues to dine out on his 14 not out three weeks ago and retains his place in the side.

We hope for an improvement in the weather and some further cricket for both our senior and junior sides over the coming days.

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