Sunday is Funday as Ashby stars for Thirds

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Bit later in the week than usual for the weekly update – with plenty having gone on at the club over the past couple of weeks. We’ve a team in the cup final, another continuing their league unbeaten run, with a couple of defeats along the way.

Most importantly of all – this Sunday (28th July) is our Annual Funday – Sponsored by Simon Baynes Wholesale Fruit and Vegetables. You might have already seen a quick itinerary from Fletch but for those who haven’t.

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Thanks to Simon Baynes for sponsoring the annual Funday

BBQ underway at about 11.00 am with bacon sandwiches, hot dogs and burgers. Also tea, coffee and other drinks on sale.

11.30: Registration it is £1 per entry, player’s, mums, dads and everyone else, it is all soft ball and great fun.

12.00 The brains trust will try and make all teams equal (mission impossible) for those who want to warm-up properly how about a yoga class. Thanks to Sigourney for providing this.

12.45 THE GAMES BEGIN

Depending on numbers it is hoped to have 3 groups of 4, so all teams will get 3 games.

The 3 group winners and best runner up will play in the semi-final, raffle draw before the final.

It is hoped that the final will take place around 4.00 pm winner’s and runner’s up medal presented.A quick tidy up and home in time for church.

Funday is a great annual event and we hope to see you there.

Funday from a previous year, giving you a taster of how it looks.

There was more good news from the club as the Third team were involved in a dramatic game against local rivals Bishopthorpe II.

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Bishopthorpe batted first and started with losing a wicket without facing a ball. They recovered though and were 74-3, with Ovo junior Joel Edmondson dismissed for 30. The game was in the balance at that stage but a tremendous innings from St Peter’s Schools Will Middleton (86 not out) and M.Hoilett (49) swung the game in Bishopthorpe’s favour. They eventually finished on 246-6. It could have been more had it not been for a terrific spell by James Mason, who took 3-39 from his full 10 overs.

Tom Ashby was at one stage, a mainstay of the Ovington first team top order batting. He left the country a couple of years ago to work abroad and go travelling. Understandably rusty, he was placed in the Third team on the Saturday to help get his eye in. Coming in at #3, Ashby had an almost chanceless knock of 117 in what was a stunning innings, with the Bishopthorpe bowling having no answers. At the other end, wickets were falling though, although James Mason’s 34 got Ovo to 167-4. With Ashby at one end, Ovo were always in the driving seat but it required support from Tom Irwin (33 not out) who helped get Ovington home with a couple of overs left. The final will take place on Sunday 18th August at Pocklington, more details on that closer to the time.

The First Team continued their unbeaten run in the league with a straightforward 10 wicket success against Heworth IV, who batted bravely in a one-sided contest. Raul Patel top scored for them with 20 as all four of Ovington’s bowlers were among the wickets. Dom Kitching (3-24), Kurt Baird (2-15), Neil Metcalfe (2-8) and Benjamin Busby (3-10) lead to Heworth being dismissed for 58. It took Joe Whale and Finn Baqai just 6.2 overs to knock off the target and continue the unbeaten run.

A truly extraordinary game took place at Yapham as the village sides new multi-million pound indoor venue took centre stage, being involved in most of the dismissals. I could not give it justice given the close finish, the amount of unique dismissals and more. Jack Walmsley deserves special praise, having top-scored with the bat with a 41 and took 4-45, as Yapham won in the last over. (See card: https://ovington.play-cricket.com/website/results/4008567)

The Third Team were also in action on Saturday and runs were again the order of the day as they faced top two side Burn II. Ovington batted first and their total of 193 was dominated by opener Gabriel Uttley (57) and Jonny Evans (63) who returned to the side after a long absence. Hamza Khan blasted 14 coming in at #11. Batting conditions were obviously good as Burn knocked off the total in just 33 overs, as Patrick Abbott and Sam Cruise helped them reach the total. Hamza Khan took 3-57.

This weekend sees Saturday’s games threatened by the weather. With the races, the second team go to Millthorpe to face Stockton & Hopgrove. The First Team, missing several key names, have the potentially tough trip to Londesborough Park, while the Third team travel to top of the table Thorpe Willoughby II. The forecast looks particularly grim, but lets hope that three games get played.

All the best to all the sides this weekend.

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