Report by Neil Metcalfe, 25th July 2020
Ovington club historians have so far been unable to find the answer to an important question regarding the under 9s. Suggested answers have been pre-Brexit, definitely pre-England winning the World Cup at 50-over cricket, pre-Juno arriving in Jupiter and possibly even before the Juno launch in 2011. The question: “When had two different Ovington under nine teams last won in the same week?” Future historians can be aided by this match report in that they have done it once so far this decade and can pinpoint the week commencing the 20th of July 2020.
Following the news of an under 9 development team victory earlier in the week the under 9 championship team took to the field on Friday at Heworth. This was the first match since the COVID-19 lockdown had halted the hugely impressive ongoing development that by mid-March and after 6 matches had seen Ovington u9s sitting at the top of the York under 9 indoor league having recorded some notable scalps and wins against all the participating teams. A strong summer performance was a distinct possibility.
There was one volunteer to be captain of the team. It was quite fortunate in that the volunteer, Lorcan Chant, had come in the least white outfit imaginable. His tangerine orange Poppleton football top made it very easy for the umpires to find who was the captain to discuss potential issues such as bad light or a change in the ball. His first action was to lose the toss and this led to Ovington being put into a bat. The captain himself opened the batting with Maya FitzGerald and the pair started well despite a couple of run outs. Lorcan himself, able to mix style with power on occasions, hit three fours along his score of 8 (gross 13) and Maya also showed progress in getting 4 (gross 9)
The next pair was Wilf Metcalfe and Alex GT. Considering the high number of caps Wilf has accumulated in the Ovo U9s as often the youngest in his now four year spell in the team it is fair to say he was particularly looking forward to finally playing as a year 4 boy for the U9s. This was very evident in his not out innings of 25 that included 4 glorious boundaries including the rarely sighted off side drive at U9 level as well as impressive running between the wickets which Alex GT helped with and to push on the score. Alex Lawson then helped with his not out score of 12 in the final pair with Phoebe Andrews who also showed some deft touches and enthusiasm to score. The net score was 271.
In terms of the bowling and fielding side of things it was heartening to see many more overs of low scores compared with when they were younger. Lorcan opened the innings with a maiden using his developing left arm swing. Maya and Phoebe went for only 4 runs each from their 2 overs. Alex GT impressed in his keeping. Alex L had well-deserved figures of 2-1 and was unlucky not to get more wickets. Wilf was involved in a number of wickets but despite not knowing it was a no ball produced a stunning one handed catch diving forward.
A little rusty at times in aspects of batting and fielding, the team benefitted from a run out that ultimately saw them to a 51 one win after Heworth completed their innings on 220.
So two wins for the u9s in a week. Hopefully we will not need to wait until Britain has another astronaut in space or a non-Murray to win at Wimbledon for the same set of results with the Ovo U9s .