Firsts to face Drax in top of the table clash

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The rain interfered with the Cricket last weekend as all three of our senior sides started their matches, but none were played til completion. Some of our junior sides had better luck with the atmospheric conditions though. This week sees a double-header for the second team, and what might be captain Benjamin Busby’s toughest test of the season so far.

The First Team last week went to Escrick to host Eastrington II. Ovo batted first and it was a first senior league half-century for Finn Baqai, as he batted very sensibly with the faster scoring Tom Cookson (39) to put on 75 for the opening partnership. Baqai eventually departed for 51 with the score at 144-4 and it was Tom Armes (44no) and Neil Metcalfe (23) that helped pushed the score along, finishing the innings. on 203-7.

Eastrington came out of the blocks slowly seeing off the opening bowlers before first-change Neil Metcalfe struck to take the score to 36-1. after around 16 overs had gone. It was looking like a game that could long into the afternoon/evening before Benjamin Busby’s three wickets put the total to 49-4. Unfortunately, the rain came and the covers couldn’t quite do their job, with a wet patch forming underneath. The game was abandoned and although disappointing for Ovington not to get the victory – it would have to be regarded as ‘one of those things’.

A welcome return to cricketing action befell the U9A team at the field of dreams on Wednesday in a local match against Clifton Alliance A team. Whilst the skipper went to the toilet during the coin toss, team mascot Toby Metcalfe won the toss and listened to all of the remaining team telling him to field first. A good bowling performance was seen by the team with Ashley Steel leading the way with 1-8 as well as taking a catch for Will Hempel (1-12). Phoebe Andrews was the other wicket taker (1-13). After the first 2 overs Clifton had a net negative score but finished on a very respectable 85-3.

The Ovo batting all had some good play with better calling and trying to rotate the strike whenever possible compared with earlier in the season. Clifton had some strong fielders and quite accurate bowlers to squeeze the pressure on Ovington with only Wilf Metcalfe looking relatively untroubled and getting a positive net score (6 runs from 9 balls). Mia FitzGerald and Henri Sammons particularly showed good defensive application to some strong bowlers. In the end Ovington finished on 45/6 and a 55 run loss though the score perhaps was a little harsh on Ovington who were closer in ability to the well-deserving of winning opponents than in recent seasons. An away match is next against another big club in size, though not necessarily bigger in comradeship or numbers of passing fans, against York though we await details from the opponents of when this will be.

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The Third Team were in action at Millthorpe School against bottom of the table Heslington and it was another Baqai, this time Kareem, that top-scored with a well-made 44. His opening partner, Montgomery Grenyer also showed plenty of aptitude with the bat, as they put on 89 for the first wicket. On a difficult pitch, once the duo were dismissed within a run of each other, the Ovo batting line-up that followed failed to really push on, owing to the difficult pitch conditions and some suspect running between the wickets. James Mason to his credit did push the score along with a handy 19 not out, as Harrison Woodall showed plenty of technique, and a highlight reel straight-drive, in his total of 12. It meant a final total of 147-7. Unfortunately for the home side, the rain came less than an over into the Heslington innings and meant the game was abandoned.

The Second Team were another team to miss out defending a total, this time on an awkward looking square at Melbourne. Jacob Lamb top-scored with 36, alongside James Eckersley’s 29, as they made 130-9 from the 40 overs. Melbourne were in fairly good shape at 30-1 before the rain came and concluded the match prematurely.

The Foss Evening League side came up against a Copmanthorpe side that beat them earlier in the season. It was Charlie Buckley that did the business with the ball, taking 3-9 from an excellent 4 over spell. Wickets were generally spread around the bowlers, with Jack Wilson’s 2-12 also of note. They kept the score down to 94-8 from the maximum twenty overs permitted.

Again on a Wednesday night, Tom Cookson dominated the bowlers, hitting 41 from 30 balls and put the game out of reach of Copmanthorpe at a fairly easy stage. Gabriel Uttley’s 17 not out and Luke Smith batting further up the order than usual, helped get Ovo home with more than four overs left.

As previously mentioned – first team captain Busby has one of his toughest tests of the season this Saturday and past week. No, it isn’t necessarily Drax I, it has been to try and find someone willing to volunteer and take the role of Scorer. Radical ideas were suggested, including one that sounded a lot like a extraordinary rendition, but lets hope he has secured a scorer. In all seriousness, the game against Drax is likely to be a tough one, given the side based in the shadows of the Power Station were relegated from Div 3 last year and those around that club seriously fancy their chances of going straight back up as winners. There is just seven points in between the teams in Div 4 and we’re looking forward to a competitive affair. Dom Kitching returns to the fray after a week away. The Second part of the weekend for the First Team sees a T20 match against New Earswick, starting at 11am.

The Seconds and Thirds are also in Cup action over the course of the weekend. The Seconds play Clifton Alliance on Saturday at home, while the Thirds have on paper, a tough test against Pocklington at Millthorpe. All the team news can be found below.

Good luck to all the Ovington sides this weekend!

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