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Minor Counties revamp proposed from 2020

There are changes afoot in minor counties cricket after reported discussions between the Minor Counties Cricket Association and the ECB.

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Plans to improve the current structure and standards could be implemented from the beginning of the 2020 campaign if given the go ahead.

The current Eastern and Western Divisions, both of ten sides, could be split at the end of the 2019 season with the top five clubs in both entering in a new Division One East and Division One West for the following year. Division Two East and Division Two West could contain the bottom five sides in the regional 2019 tables.

The top two teams in each division at the end of 2020 would play-off for the Unicorns Championship Trophy, with the addition of promotion and relegation between the two regional divisions.

The proposed new system would mean four Championship three-day matches instead of the current six.

The season’s calendar would start with the 50-over competition followed by the Twenty20. With player availability expected to improve later in the summer, the Championship three-day cricket would be scheduled then, thus improving the standard.

The ECB has also confirmed that Minor Counties will take on first-class sides in a one-off round of 50-over fixtures prior to the domestic one-day competition in mid-July.

Cheshire visit Oxon in Western Division opener

Oxfordshire give debuts to three young players in the Western Division opener with Cheshire at Great & Little Tew, starting on Sunday.

Tew batsman Curtly Slatter and seamer Matt Woods play on their home ground, while Aston Rowant bowler Karl Penhale is also called up.

Skipper Luke Ryan also calls up Banbury’s Michael Beard, Horspath’s Robbie Eason and Oxford’s Francois Vainker for the game.

Oxon have Richard Kaufman, Lloyd Sabin, Nathan Hawkes, Richard West, Jamie Perkin, Chad Keegan, Daniel Rowe and Patrick Foster all unavailable.

Oxfordshire: Ryan (Banbury, Capt), Shirazi (Aston Rowant), Beard (Banbury), Eason (Horspath), Cater (Banbury), Smith (Bromley), Slatter (Great & Little Tew), Penhale (Aston Rowant), Vainker (Oxford), Geeson-Brown (Oxford), Woods (Great & Little Tew).

Oxon secure narrow one-wicket win

Innings of Devon 

Batsman Runs Balls Mins 4s 6s S/r
R Woodman b C Keegan 0 4 2 0 0 0.00
R Holman b A Blanchard 24 51 74 3 0 47.06
JE Burke lbw b LC Ryan 42 96 137 3 0 43.75
D Lye b A Blanchard 37 39 47 3 2 94.87
J Bess c J Cater b A Blanchard 2 11 11 0 0 18.18
N Hancock b RI Kaufman 6 6 9 1 0 100.00
M Thompson+ c sub b RI Kaufman 27 43 51 4 0 62.79
L Lewis lbw b RI Kaufman 0 7 5 0 0 0.00
T Anning st J Cater b LC Ryan 1 8 8 0 0 12.50
C Bradley* b C Keegan 1 11 8 0 0 9.09
M Kidd not out 7 15 23 0 0 46.67
Extras 0nb 6w 12lb 2b 0pen 20
Total 167 all out

 

Bowler O M R W Wd Nb S/r Econ
C Keegan 10.0 2 23 2 1(2) 0(0) 30.50 2.30
DT Rowe 8.0 2 31 0 0(0) 0(0) 0.00 3.88
A Blanchard 10.0 0 30 3 2(2) 0(0) 20.67 3.00
LC Ryan 10.0 1 40 2 1(1) 0(0) 30.50 4.00
DT Smith 3.0 0 14 0 1(1) 0(0) 0.00 4.67
RI Kaufman 7.2 2 15 3 0(0) 0(0) 14.67 2.05

Innings of Oxfordshire

Batsman Runs Balls Mins 4s 6s S/r
RI Kaufman lbw b T Anning 0 8 9 0 0 0.00
D Shirazi not out 74 142 202 6 1 52.11
LM Sabin b T Anning 0 8 9 0 0 0.00
J Perkin c J Bess b C Bradley 17 50 66 2 0 34.00
R West c D Lye b N Hancock 2 12 15 0 0 16.67
J Cater+ run out(M Thompson) 4 13 16 0 0 30.77
DT Smith run out(R Holman) 0 1 7 0 0 0.00
C Keegan b T Anning 36 38 47 4 1 94.74
LC Ryan* lbw b T Anning 1 2 2 0 0 50.00
DT Rowe b C Bradley 4 7 9 0 0 57.14
A Blanchard not out 9 11 13 1 0 81.82
Extras 2nb 11w 9lb 0b 0pen 22
Total 169 for 9

 

Bowler O M R W Wd Nb S/r Econ
T Anning 10.0 4 14 4 1(1) 0(0) 15.25 1.40
J Bess 8.0 2 24 0 1(1) 0(0) 0.00 3.00
M Kidd 7.0 0 24 0 1(1) 0(0) 0.00 3.43
JE Burke 3.0 1 14 0 3(3) 1(2) 0.00 4.67
C Bradley 9.0 0 33 2 0(0) 0(0) 27.00 3.67
N Hancock 9.4 1 43 1 1(5) 0(0) 59.00 4.45
L Lewis 2.0 0 8 0 0(0) 0(0) 0.00 4.00