Oxford captain Jamie Perkin has received a major boost by the arrival of former overseas bowler Samad Fallah at Jordan Hill.
Fallah’s undoubted quality saw the Indian seamer collect 97 wickets across the 2017 and 2018 seasons. He was previously a part of Rajasthan Royals squad in the Indian Premier League.
With Oxford having won both of their opening games, they host a Burnham side with an identical record.
Speaking ahead of the top-of-the-table clash, Perkin told Sports Shots:
We have a couple of changes this week.
Samad Fallah, our overseas has arrived and goes straight into the side. Calvin Dickinson is unavailable along with Freddie Simon so Ollie Price also comes in to make his debut following his signing from Great and Little Tew.
We will have to perform to the same standard as we did last week if we want to make it 3 wins in a row.
Burnham will he a very tough side and they have also got off to a flying start. The lads are fully prepared and raring to go.
Oxford skipper Jamie Perkin has praised his side’s character after their opening day victory over Harefield in the Home Counties Premier League, Division 2.
Oxford posted 145 for 9 from their 50 overs with Muhammad Ayub (56) batting well. batting second, Harefield were dismissed for 114 with the home side starting with a 31-run win.
Perkin spoke highly of his side’s application.
We weren’t at our best on Saturday but showed great character with the ball. I said to the lads prior to the game I wanted to make Jordan Hill a fortress throughout the season and we have started well. Obviously there is still work to do with the bat but for our first league game I was very happy.
Next up, Oxford head to the picturesque setting of Shardeloes.
The skipper told Sports Shots;
Saturday will be another big test for us. Amersham are normally one of the tougher sides in the league and we know they are good at home. Once again it’s a case of making sure we do our jobs properly in all three aspects.
Oxford: Jamie Perkin (Captain), Owyn Tong-Jones, Fergus Nutt, Muhammad Ayub, Calvin Dickinson, Harvey Eltham, Shamilal Mendes, Freddie Simon, Richard Musk, Robert Keat, Christopher Humphreys.