Match report by Neil Metcalfe
The final league fixture for the under 9As occurred this week and for those just wishing to read the first sentence it was played away against excellent hosts Acomb B and Ovington had a good victory causing them to finish unbeaten and winners of the East division championship table.
For those wishing to read more, as usual Ovington lost the toss and again were asked to bat first. Thomas Robinson and Jack Gover opened and both scored a fluent 11 with some particularly fine leg glances by both. Alex Lawson then partnered Lubo Snee and some good strokes were seen by both and noting again a leg glance by Lubo and off drive from Alex. The innings was finished by Wilf Metcalfe and Lorcan Chant reforming for the last time their successful partnership for Ovington u9s over a number of seasons. The field was put back following Wilf’s previous big hitting against the same opponents. A usual boundary from Lorcan, range of shots from Wilf and good running between the pair led to this umpire putting up the bales from a not out run attempt from the penultimate ball of the innings. On putting the bails back Wilf mentioned to this square leg umpire he was wanting a six for his final under nine league fixture ball and he duly flicked it over the square leg boundary for a clean hit six and finished on 21. The team scored 292 for the loss of two wickets (gross 282).
The homework set previously was for each player to come up with a new slogan in the field as method of support for the team or bowler. This was forgotten by all and could have been part of the reason why the fielding was not at its strongest compared to some previous weeks. This particularly applied to wicket-keeping where the low bounce of the wicket and square was not particularly noticed as the byes kept coming and 17 byes were given in total. There were not too many scoring strokes as the bowling was good overall with our slightly different bowling run ups going around the wicket by many. Jack was particularly accurate (1-5) and was supported by Wilf (1-6). Lubo’s spin option no doubt will have many victims at u9 level for a number of seasons yet. Acomb finished 22 runs short on 270-2 (260 gross). It was a pleasurable evening with the match having many more spectators than the first team and pleasant to see all the junior sessions happening around the match.
Sadly it is the end of the league season in that there is not the usual finals day against the West division winners. However, it has been a very successful season finishing top in both the winter indoor and summer outdoor leagues, the first time this has been achieved by Ovington and great development from when the team were wooden spoon recipients in the development league 2 years ago. It is hoped that many of the players continue their cricketing development over the winter. Well done to the Ovington U9 squad.