Seconds can spoil Alliance party as Vale season closes

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The season is coming to a close for our senior teams, with the York Vale League campaign finishing this Sunday for both our Second and Third Teams. Our First XI have two games left, the first of which is an important ‘game in hand’ on title rivals Drax.

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The Second Team played host to Thixendale on a damp squib of an afternoon and elected to field. The visitors top-order batting mostly all contributed to their total of 163 all out, with Simon Walgate top-scoring with 46 not out. Wickets were spread around the Ovington attack, with Dick Buckley’s 3-40 and Tom Irwin’s 2-22 the pick of the figures.

Unfortunately, the Ovo reply never really got going as only James Harrod’s 22 and Harry Buckley’s 14 were the only double figure totals, as B Brown took 3-12 and Adrian Brader took 3-9.

The First Team were back in action and it was a routine victory vs Selby II.  Opening bowlers Dom Kitching and Dom Everard took five wickets between them to put Selby 20-5 before Neil Metcalfe (3-4) and Tom Cookson (2-2) took the remaining dismissals, leaving Selby at 43 all out. It took Cookson and Joe Whale just 3.5 overs to knock off the total, as Ovington won by ten wickets. The Third Team were scheduled to play Selby III, but unfortunately that match was conceded, giving Ovington a hollow victory.

The last weekend of the season for the Second and Third Teams and both play on Sunday. The Seconds go to Clifton Alliance III’s, who may need to win to ensure the Vale League title. Nearest rivals Burn play Askham Bryan, in a game they’ll be big favourites to win, so the pressure in some ways will be on Clifton to get the win, or at least enough bonus points. Ovington II’s can gate-crash the championship party and spoil an Alliance ‘league and cup’ double, and with a strong team available, they have an outside chance of doing so. 

The Thirds have an away game at Bolton Percy, rescheduled from earlier in the season. Nothing much to play for here but pride – albeit two teams above Ovo in the table are due points deductions. A win on Sunday and Stamford Bridge II & Burn II’s both being deducted 120 points, could see Ovington sneak second place.It also sees the return to the side for Matt Dwyer, who scored a brilliant century against Bishopthorpe on his last appearance. 

The First Team host Woodhouse Grange on Saturday, knowing they need to get a win to go back top of the league. On all known form, they should do so, but stranger things have happened. Let’s hope the weather forecast does not change either.

Good luck to all three sides this weekend! See team news below.

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