Juniors shine while Thirds aim to bring back silverware

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All the news from the past week or so at Ovington – with a full match report of the ‘ Ovington U9A summer cricket festival’ – where lots of games were played to close the season. We have team news regarding the Cup Final on Sunday, as well as details of our other teams games.

Sunday sees the biggest match of the season so far for Ovington’s senior sides as the Third Team worked their way to the Scothern Construction Cup Final, with a tough tie ahead of them vs Dunnington. The Thirds have already beaten higher-ranked competition to get through to the Final, which takes place at Pocklington on Sunday. A 13:30 start. It’s been a great acheivement by rookie skipper Luke Smith to get the side through some tricky ties, especially given the indifferent league form over the past few weeks. The Scothern Construction cup is the ‘main’ competition for teams outside the top tier and it is some achievement to get this far.

It would be great to see as many people as possible supporting the Thirds at Pocklington, where the facilities in terms of bar, seating etc are usually very good. They’ll be without their semi-final hero, the recently married (congratulations!) Tom Ashby but will also be good to see so many of the ‘regular’ faces of the Third team get their chance in the final. All the best to those involved. The team for the cup final is as follows.

Luke Smith
Tom Irwin
Jon Woodall
Harrison Woodall
Jack Wilson
Montgomery Grenyer
Chris Geelan
Sam Prangnell
Gabriel Uttley
Uwin Waidyaratne
Matty Valks

Unfortunately, the fixtures meant that the Second Team face off against Askham Bryan on Sunday, which a couple of weeks ago would have been a bottom of the table ’60-pointer’ but Ovo have had an upturn in form. Who knows how many teams will go up/down so a win is still important, as Ovo are 5pts behind Yapham to climb out of the bottom two.

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Even though the junior season has finished, Ovington sides are still busy. Thanks to Neil Metcalfe for the following report.

Due to the extremely short junior cricket league season the U9A team have recently taken part in the self-created “Ovington U9A summer cricket festival cricket”. Over 9 days 4 friendlies were played and the development throughout the season leading to the display of sound cricket principles was great to see throughout the festival.

Members of Ovo U9A
From left to right: Wilf Metcalfe, Maya FitzGerald, Alex Lawson, Will Hempel, Lorcan Chant, Ashley Steel

First of all there was a match against an Ovington U11A/B side and going into the last ball the U9s were 2 runs ahead. However, U11A opening bowler Seth Young snatched victory for Fletch’s Fledglings against Doc’s “Duck”lings with a wicket taken well behind the stumps. Of note, Wilf Metcalfe and Lorcan Chant had given the Ducklings a great start and the Fledglings a huge fright by in the first 4 overs getting 37 of the required 71 runs. A useful debut by Alex Taylor-Guino was also seen. A local pizza firm recommended by the majority of the first team also kept the drama of the evening going when their delivery driver could not even find the little knavesmire when parked at the racecourse, unfortunately arriving 30 minutes late but providing a nice tea to the remaining Ovo juniors.

The following match was against Heworth U9s who had won by just one run in the league fixture this season.. The improvement in the Ovington side from earlier was easy to see as the team amassed 307-4 with Will Hempel and Alex Lawson, the latter making his debut after an impressive season with the U9Bs, top scoring with 14 each. On bowling wickets were accrued by Ashley Steel, Maya FitzGerald and Wilf Metcalfe to restrict Heworth to 253-4 and a then season record win for Ovington by 54 runs. It would have been larger had the 2019 phenomena of bails not falling off when stumps were hit. 5 times in the world cup, several times for Ovington 1st XI, and then in this game twice for Wilf Metcalfe and once for Lorcan Chant the ball went through the wickets not to knock the bails off! Narrow stump widths on this occasion were the cause for which Father Christmas would be kind if he made and delivered some wider ones from Lapland pine to our opponents by next season. It must be noted that this match had been rearranged due to the wet weather at least 3 times and the commitment to the match from Heworth is duly recognised and thanked for.

Fresh from a win the night before the U9s then took on relative neighbours Clifton Alliance B team. Their A team had deservedly got to the final of the championship so this friendly instead was set up. Clifton obtained 252 for 5 with Wilf Metcalfe (2-2), Will Hempel (1-10) and Maya FitzGerald (1-11) being the wicket takers. An excellent catch at mid off was taken by Lorcan Chant. When batting Ovington went full guns blazing with Ashley Steel obtaining a career best of 36 (strike rate 300) and including shots that were both attacking and gloriously correct in equal measure. Alex Lawson supported him in an opening pair score of over 50. All the players got scores in double figures leading to a team best of the season score of 339 for 7 and a win by 87 runs. As it was the first win of the season at the field of dreams a team photo was taken for posterity which is included.

The final leg of the festival was against Sherriff Hutton Bridge (SHB), whom we had played in good spirited matches twice in the league. Batting first, mainly due to the coaches’ son being on the A1 at the time of the coin toss, and hence through the showers Ovington faced good bowling to score 251-5. Again Alex Lawson showed excellent timing (8) and Will Hempel (10) good stroke play with the wet outfield restricting the scores. SHB fared similarly in the difficult batting conditions. Ovington were aided by Maya FitzGerald again showing great bowling (1-1) and Wilf Metcalfe taking a lovely diving catch when wicketkeeper. However, SHB were aided by one of their players managing to hit some good boundaries to lead them to 257-4 and a final loss of the season for Ovington.

The festival was a great success in allowing more practice for the Ovo U9A as well as permit some deserved personal successes that their season has deserved. Although no U9 championship trophy has been held aloft at the field of dreams for a decade and was unlikely to in the 2019 season there are signs from all the players that their cricket careers have great potential and they are very much encouraged to continue with them. Just as important they have shown to enjoy being together in a team and develop as people. Thank you to all who have helped through the season. Roll on some quieter midweek evenings for a few months before the winter nets start!

The Second Team were the only senior side in action last weekend, with the rain and free weeks getting in the way of play. Below is Andy Cole’s poem.

Ovington and South Cave played at the ‘Mire,
Conditions initially were quite dire.
Cave scored quite steadily,
But not as quickly as Eckersley,
And to an 8 wicket win he did inspire.

A full book of fixtures this weekend as the First Team return to action. They make the trip to Eastrington II. Ovington’s first team, albeit unbeaten in the league, are actually now in second place behind Drax. We do however, have two games in hand and are just 20 or so points behind, so still particularly strong favourites. That being said, the top two face up next week and with it being Bank Holiday weekend, they’ll be plenty of absentees across the club. The Thirds have a double-header, with them hosting Pocklington IV at Millthorpe School.

All the best to our teams this weekend!

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