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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.

Unicorns Championship: Oxon’s Clarke enforcing his growing reputation

Olly Clarke has spoken to Sports Shots after his match-winning spell gave Oxfordshire another dramatic victory this week.

Olly Clarke

Clarke took six for 23 from 16 overs as he combined with Gareth Andrew to dismiss Cornwall for just 73 on the final day at Banbury.

Clarke’s growing reputation with both bat and ball this season has been a highlight for Jonny Cater’s side.

It has been great to perform so well for Oxfordshire in the 3 day championship so far. We have now won our last 4 games in the competition and it’s really exciting to be part of a team that’s doing so well.

Clarke’s development has progressed this campaign.

I definitely feel that my bowling has come on a lot over this season, and I am definitely starting to perform more consistently with the ball, particularly for Oxfordshire. At the moment my batting still has a little way to go but I am still happy that I’ve been able to contribute some good scores.

I am currently at Loughborough university, and hoping to break into the MCCU scheme next year. I have also been playing second eleven cricket for Leicestershire as well as my minor counties games for Oxfordshire.

The promising young player still feels he has unfinished business this campaign.

With only one game left for Oxfordshire this season I am focused on trying to make a contribution that will hopefully help us win against Wiltshire. It would cap off what so far has been a great campaign for us with such a young side.

Unicorns Championship, WD: Clarke spins Oxfordshire to victory

Oxfordshire secured a fourth consecutive win today, after beating Cornwall by 38 runs in their MCCA match at Banbury.

Olly Clarke

Going into day 3, Oxfordshire had set the hosts 111 runs to win the match. In need of early wickets and someone to lead the way, Olly Clarke put in an impressive bowling display to swing Oxfordshire into a good position by taking 6-23. Clarke was also supported by the in form Gareth Andrew who took 4-45 taking his wicket tally for the match to 8. The two bowlers bowled a total of 32 overs between them, as the combination of left arm spin and seam saw Cornwall collapse from 32-3 to 73 all out.

Day 2 of the match saw a total of 17 wickets fall in the day. The day started with Cornwall on 90-3 in reply to Oxfordshire’s 246 in their first innings. The visitors were soon restricted to 103-5, as Rowe then led Cornwall’s fight back as he went on score 74 which included partnerships of 69, and 72 with Smith and Harvey. Cornwall were then bowled out for 270 giving them a lead of 24. Oxfordshire in reply did not have the best of starts, as Harris with the ball left Oxfordshire at 46-5. Olly Clarke and Owyn Tong-Jones provided some resistance, with a partnership of 58 which saw Clarke top score with 37 as Oxfordshire were bowled out for 135 setting Cornwall 111 to win the match.

The result has meant that Oxfordshire have won four matches in a row, following wins against Herefordshire, Wales and Dorset.

Unicorns Championship, WD: Oxon skipper buoyant going into the end of season

Oxfordshire captain Jonny Cater was in buoyant mood after his side recorded an incredible final day victory at Herefordshire.

Jonny Cater in action for Oxfordshire. Photo by Sports Shots.

Cater’s side go again this Sunday when they play host to Cornwall at Banbury in a three-day Unicorns Championship game.

Oxfordshire are able to name nine of the 11 who starred in the win over Herefordshire for Sunday’s match.

Oxford batsman Owyn Tong-Jones replaces Ollie Price, who is playing for Young Lions south-west, and seamer Brad Taylor comes in for Harry Startin.

Cater is looking forward to another test and hoping they can take their recent confidence and collective performances into the game.

Asked how he reflected on his side’s last outing, Cater said:

We were over the moon.

We always had the belief it was possible with them (Herefordshire) losing five wickets in the last twenty minutes of day two.

We opened with a seam-spin combination, picked up some early wickets and while our belief grew, the doubt crept in for them.

It was just jubliation when the final wicket was taken and the celebrations were very good! Winning a game from defeat staring you in the face and being in such a poor position, is the best feeling.

It’s been an excellent start for Oxfordshire’s young guns.

We have three wins from four games and have already surpassed last season’s points total.

The opportunity for young players coming in, and then doing a job, is a great feeling for the team.

Our last game saw the average age of the side at 21 years and we are playing a 16 and 17 year old. I am third oldest, with the experience in Gareth Andrew and Richard Kaufman being invaluable.

With targets from last season surpassed, the Oxfordshire skipper still is backing the ethos put in place by the Minor Counties set-up.

If we can win both games, we are then striving to get a core of six or seven players, both young and old, to play every game going forward.

The senior players are performing which allows the youngsters to come in and play with freedom and no pressure.

Teams come and go in cycles but we are third and if we can finish strongly then that would have been a great season, when realistically we were looking to improve and take a mid-table berth.

Oxon: J Cater (Buckingham), G Andrew (Ombersley), O Clarke (Banbury), T Condon (Aston Rowant), R Kaufman (Old Northamptonians), C Russell (Thame Tn), H Smith (Gt Tew), B Taylor (Banbury), J Thomas (Gt Tew), O Tong-Jones (Oxford), M Warner (Chesham).

Unicorns Championship, WD: Oxfordshire secure three wins in a row in dramatic fashion

Oxfordshire put in a fantastic bowling display to beat Herefordshire by 14 runs in their MCCA match, to make it three wins in a row.

Oxon skipper Jonny Cater with Gareth Andrew

Going into day 3, Oxfordshire had set the hosts 122 runs to win the game. In need of early wickets and someone to lead the way, Gareth Andrew put in a impressive bowling display to swing Oxfordshire into a good position by taking 5-41. Andrew’s experience showed as his performance, and encouragement of his teammates saw the rest of the bowlers step up. Debutant Ollie Price took 3-14 in his six overs, to complete an impressive debut for the teenager. Olly Clarke also continued his fine form with the ball, by taking 2-27.

The result has meant that Oxfordshire have won three games in a row, after wins against Wales and Dorset, with the average age of this matches team being 21 years old.

Unicorns Championship, Western Division: Clarke bowls Oxon to victory

On Sunday 22nd July Oxfordshire 1st XI hosted Wales in their MCCA match at St Edward’s School, the first home fixture in the city for over twenty years, reports Nick Pinhol of the OCB.

Olly Clarke

The on field action saw Oxfordshire win the toss and elect to bat first. After losing a couple of early wickets, Kaufman led Oxfordshire’s rebuild with an impressive century (101). Kaufman’s century, was also supported by Cater (71), Andrew (59) and Condon (52) as Oxfordshire were bowled out for 377 in their first innings.

Wales started Day 2 on 50-3, in reply to Oxfordshire first innings of 377, but soon fall victim of Ollie Clarke’s left arm spin as he took 5-58 in his 20 overs to help restrict Wales to 180, and give Oxfordshire a first innings lead of 197.

After deciding not to enforce the follow on, Oxfordshire lost opener Condon early in their second innings. Smith and Clarke in the need of a partnership, put 91 runs for the second wicket with both batsman scoring fifties (Smith 74 and Clarke 54). Cater also in the mood to score some quick runs, went on to hit a superb 88. Andrew also contributed with the bat scoring a cameo 27, the fall of his wicket led to Oxfordshire declaring and setting Wales 460 runs to win.

The visitors started Day 3 of the match on 48-2. After a steady first hour without the loss of a wicket, Clarke quickly found his rhythm as he bowled an impressive spell to finish with figures of 7-99 taking his tally to 12 wickets, as Oxfordshire won the match by 253 runs.

Oxfordshire Cricket would like to take this opportunity to thank St Edward’s School, and in particular Master of Cricket- Peter Swainson for hosting the MCCA match.

Unicorns Championship: Cater leads from the front for Oxon with unbeaten 115

Oxfordshire skipper Jonny Cater led from the front as he hit an unbeaten 115 against Berkshire on day one of the Unicorns Championship today.

Jonny Cater

Cater helped take his side to 299 for 8 from their 90 overs at Wargrave Cricket Club.

Berkshire were 155 for 2 at stumps.

Unicorns Championship: Cater looking for evolving Oxon to improve

Oxfordshire skipper Jonny Cater is looking for his young side to improve as they start their Unicorns Championship campaign this weekend.

Jonny Cater

Cater’s young side side begin their three-day campaign against Berkshire at Wargrave CC on Sunday.

Cater told Sports Shots:

We are going through a transition, we have a five-year plan, and the key is we look to keep improving as individuals and collectively. This is the second year of the plan and with the experience these young players picked up last season we are looking to build.

Great & Little Tew seamer Lawrence Brock is handed his championship debut, while Horspath batsman James Fitzjohn is also selected.

Richard Kaufman, Jamie Perkin, Brad Taylor and Joe Butcher are unavailable.

Oxfordshire: J Cater (Buckingham Tn) capt, G Andrew (Ombersley), L Bethell (Aston Rowant), Lawrence Brock (Great Tew), O Clarke (Banbury), T Condon (Aston Rowant), H Eltham (Oxford), J Fitzjohn (Horspath), J Garrett, H Smith, J Thomas (all Great Tew).


Unicorns Trophy, QF: Cater backing Oxon to progress into semi-final berth

Oxfordshire skipper Jonny Cater is backing his side to progress into a Unicorns Trophy, semi-final berth this weekend.

Jonny Cater

Cater’s side entertain Suffolk at Banbury cricket club’s White Post Road ground in the quarter-final of the Minor Counties 50-over format on Sunday.

The skipper told Sports Shots:

We are at home in front of what will hopefully will be a good crowd at Banbury. It is a great opportunity to progress.

I believe if we turn up and back our ability, execute our skills, then we can win.

The last performance demonstrated that point against Hertfordshire.

We have got a good mix of experience and youth to have a real challenge – we’re looking forward to it.

With Gloucestershire batsman Miles Hammond withdrawing due to a leg injury, Oxfordshire have named a squad of 12.

Spinning all-rounder Olly Clarke makes his seasonal bow in the competition while bowlers Harvey Eltham and Brad Taylor are also added to the side that beat Hertfordshire.

Oxfordshire squad: J Cater (capt) (Buckingham Tn) capt, G Andrew (Ombersley), L Bethell (Aston Rowant), O Clarke (Banbury), H Eltham (Oxford), J Garrett (Great & Little Tew, Downend & Gloucs), R Kaufman (Old Northamptonians), J Perkin (Oxford), T Price (Great & Little Tew & Gloucs), H Smith (Great & Little Tew), B Taylor (Banbury), J Thomas (Great & Little Tew).

Unicorns T20: Bucks defeat Oxon to keep hopes alive of semi-final qualification

Bucks kept alive their hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals of the Unicorns Counties T20 Championship with a double victory over Oxfordshire at Banbury on Sunday.
Having had to settle for one win and one loss in their opening round of matches against Berkshire, Bucks could not afford to slip up – and came up trumps with respective victories by 50 runs and 30 runs in their two matches against Oxfordshire after choosing to bat first.
In the first game, the visitors scored 155-7, Shelvin Gumbs top-scoring with 43 off 23 balls. They were given a flying start by Robin Pritchard and Masoor Khan, who added 40 in four overs.
Tidy spells from seamer Jonathan Burden (3-10 in three overs) and spinners Saif Zaib (2-22) and Uzair Amjaid restricted the hosts to 105-9 off their 20 overs.
The second game followed a similar pattern.
This time Bucks rattled up 170-4, Pritchard hitting 62 off 40 balls, while there useful contributions from Zaib (43) and Garry Park (36no).

Robin Pritchard

Skipper Jonny Cater got off Oxon off to a brisk start, but no batsman played a major innings and they were all out for 140 off the final ball.
Cousins Zaib (3-17) and Amjaid (3-18) returned the best figures.
Bucks will be aiming to keep up their good form in this competition when they face Herefordshire in a double-header at High Wycombe this Sunday. The games start at 11am and 2.30pm.
Game 1: Bucks 155-7 (20 ovs, S Gumbs 43, S Zaib 26, M Khan 24, H Eltham 3-35), Oxfordshire 105-9 (20 ovs, J Burden 3-10, S Zaib 2-22).
Game 2: Bucks 170-5 (20 ovs, R Pritchard 62, S Zaib 43, G Park 36no), Oxfordshire 140 (20 ovs, S Zaib 3-17, U Amjaid 3-18).

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