Lots to talk about as the season is coming to the close. With one team having worked its way out of a relegation battle, with another involved in a race for a divisional title, while the other faced tough opposition in a cup final. For all the details, keep reading.
Just a quick note to thank York Gin for their sponsorship of our home games this weekend. York Gin is an award-winning distillery making quality spirits in the City of York. You can find out more about their offering on their website – https://www.yorkgin.com/
Ovington II won a tense game at Melbourne to make it 4 wins in a row and ease their relegation fears. Report by Andy Cole
On a red hot day, Melbourne won the toss and batted first. In the 1st over, nothing happened. In the 2nd over, nothing happened. In the 3rd over, nothing happened. In the 4th over, nothing happened. In the 5th over, nothing happened. In the 6th over, nothing happened. In the 7th over, something happened. In the 8th over, nothing happened. In the 9th over, there was an incident with a pigeon. In the 10th over, nothing happened. Then Matt Beevers hit an excellent 56 but after he fell, Melbourne’s innings stuttered, losing 4 wickets for 3 runs at one stage. Mylife Sunuwar was the pick for Ovo is 3-31. Ovington’s reply was initially rubbish. Weirdly helped by some dubious umpiring against their own players, they fell to 51 for 7. However, a 50+ stand between skipper Jimmy Taylor (31) and Alex Dickinson (43) brought Ovo back into the game. But when both fell in consecutive balls with 20 still needed, Melbourne were favourites again. However, Andy Tomlinson held firm and last man Simon Rogerson (15 n/o) counter attacked to see Ovo home with a couple of overs to spare.
The Third Team were in action on Sunday – facing an away trip to Heslington. Ovington had to play with ten due to some miscommunication but batted first and did so very well. After a shaky start at 12-2, a 50 from Dom Everard accompanied by a scintillating innings by Jacob Lamb, meant Ovington put plenty of runs on the board. Lamb’s 83, also supported by Uwin Waidyaratne’s 25 and Jon Woodall’s 31 not out, secured a strong looking 221 all out from 38.2 overs.
The Heslington reply never really got going, although to their credit, they never gave up and didn’t look like getting bowled out. Captain Luke Smith rotated the bowling around with 8/10 players used, with his own 2-25 the pick of the attack. Iain Tessier’s 51 not out was the pick as Heslington fell 70 runs short.
A special note for the Third Team who although didn’t win their cup final at Pocklington – can be proud of their efforts to reach that stage of the competition. A mixture of dropped catches and exceptional batting from Dunnington’s top order meant the task at hand was very difficult in what was already a game where they’d be priced up as outsiders. A great achievement for captain Luke Smith to get there in just his first season as skipper.
For the First Team, they faced Drax I in a top of the table clash at the University of York. Ovington failed to get the full 30 points, as umpire Alan Fletcher got food poisoning from a ‘dodgy sandwich’ at the tea interval.
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This week initially was scheduled to have all three teams in action. Unfortunately, Selby III had to concede their match against our Third Team, so now only two play. Luke Smith was intending on wicketkeeping, so it is disappointing that particular experiment never reached the light of day. The First Team travel to Selby II’s, whilst our Second Team host Thixendale. In what looked like a potentially doomed season, the Second Team have hit a run of form and find themselves in mid-table. Two wins from the next two Saturdays with results going elsewhere in their favour could see them finish as high as 4th, which at one point looked unlikely.