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Oxfordshire Cricket Newsletter – Friday 25th October 2019

Oxfordshire Cricket have produced their weekly newsletter for this week: Friday 25th October 2019.

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Unicorns Championship, Western Division: Oxon attempting to secure top division status for 2020

Oxfordshire are looking to confirm their top division status in the new National Counties Cricket Association West for 2020 when they host Cheshire at Thame Town Cricket Club on Sunday.

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Unicorns Championship, Western Division: Oxon looking to cement top division spot for 2020 season

This is the side selected to play for Oxfordshire CCC in our last 3-day Championship game against Cheshire at Thame Town CC starting on Sunday 1st September.

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  • JA Cater (capt./wk) [Buckingham Town]
  • GM Andrew [Ombersley]
  • OD Clarke [Banbury]
  • HE Eltham [Oxford]
  • OJ Price [Oxford]
  • CJ Russell [Thame Town]
  • GDL Sandbach [Oxford Downs]
  • FEH Smith [Oxford Downs]
  • HGK Smith [Leamington]
  • MR Warner [Chesham]
  • RDR White [Buckingham Town]
Due to work commitments, Oxfordshire are forced into three changes from the previous game at Sidmouth.  Batsmen Richard Kaufman and Tom Cosford and seamer Joe Butcher are unavailable so batsmen Callum Russell and Freddie Smith are recalled to the side along with Oxford off-spinner Harvey Eltham.

Freddie Smith

Although, Oxfordshire can’t now win the Western Division for 2019, the county currently lie second in the division and are looking for a good performance to make sure that they end the season in the top half of the table, so to play in Division One West of the new National Counties Cricket Association next summer.

Unicorns Championship, Western Division: Barrow batting display aids Devon’s victory over Oxfordshire

Alex Barrow again put Oxfordshire to the sword as Devon won their Western Division clash by eight wickets.

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Heading into the final day at Sidmouth CC on 163-3 – one short of the home side’s first innings lead – the visitors dug deep to frustrate their hosts for long periods.

Harry Smith (95) and Jonny Cater’s (61) stand of 90 put Oxfordshire ahead.

But after losing three wickets for just one run late on, it needed a crucial 51-run partnership between Russell White (48) and Matt Warner for the ninth wicket to help Oxon reach 342 all out, leaving Devon needing 179 from a minimum of 36 overs.

However, after a slow start the hosts soon found their stride and raced to their target in 33.3 overs, with Barrow, who scored 141 in Devon’s first innings, starring with an unbeaten 103.
Smith and Cater added 47 to their overnight total, before the former fell just five short of a deserved century.

When Tom Cosford was out cheaply, Oxon were in trouble on 224-5, but skipper Cater continued to frustrate.

A stand of 38 with Olly Clarke took the visitors to 262-5, before a dramatic collapse saw them quickly slump to 263-8.

Cater fell for 61 off 187 balls, Clarke and Gareth Andrew quickly following.

Oxon were only 99 ahead at that stage, but White and Warner came together to provide a half-century stand.

That extended Oxfordshire’s lead and although Warner fell with the score on 314, Joe Butcher joined forces with White to help them post 342 – White the final wicket to fall when he was stumped for 48.

Devon had reached 29-1 at tea, Andrew taking the wicket of George Allen.

But Barrow then went on the attack, leading his side to victory – his 103 not out coming off just 93 deliveries.

Match Scorecard Devon v Oxfordshire


Unicorns Championship, Western Division: Oxon make four changes for Devon trip

Oxfordshire make four changes to the side that beat Herefordshire a fortnight ago for this weekend’s Unicorns Championship, Western Division fixture.

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Oxford Downs captain George Sandbach returns after missing the Herefordshire game replacing Jordan Garrett, who has work commitments. Also recalled is Oxford all-rounder Ollie Price, who replaces Freddie Smith, who has regional hockey commitments. Seamers, Joe Butcher and Russell White return replacing seamer Rob Keat and off-spinner Harvey Eltham.

This is the Oxfordshire CCC side selected to play Devon at Sidmouth CC from Sunday 18th to Tuesday 20th August 2019.

JA Cater (capt/wk) (Buckingham Town)
GM Andrew (Ombersley)
JDJ Butcher (Abingdon Vale)
OD Clarke (Banbury)
TM Cosford (Horspath)
RI Kaufman (Old Northamptonians)
OJ Price (Oxford)
GDL Sandbach (Oxford Downs)
HGK Smith (Leamington)
MR Warner (Chesham)
RDR White (Buckingham Town)
JOG Thomas (Banbury) (12th Man)
Scorer: CG Cox


Unicorns Championship, Western Division: Oxon up to second with 162-run victory

OXFORDSHIRE made it three Western Division victories in a row when convincingly beating Herefordshire by 162 runs.

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Seamer Rob Keat took three wickets on the final day at Challow & Childrey CC as the home side claimed a dominant win in the Unicorns Counties Championship.

Herefordshire resumed on 82-1, trailing by 249 after Oxon had opened up an initial lead of 331 after their second innings.

An opening partnership of 71 between Matt Pardoe (48) and Jujhar Johal (31) during the last hours of Monday’s play had given the visitors hope of pulling off an exciting run chase.

But they were dealt a blow within 40 minutes of the final day when they were restricted to 95-3.

Herefordshire had only added nine runs to their overnight total when Matt Warner had Ian Bullock caught by Freddie Smith to leave them 91-2.

Gareth Andrew, who finished with figures of 3-32, then dismissed captain Pardoe, whose 48 came off 77 balls and included six fours, as the visitors slipped to 95-3.

Oxon moved closer to victory when the former Worcestershire seamer had Mahaaz Ahmed caught behind by captain Jonny Cater as Herefordshire were further reduced to 112-4.

Rob Keat then ripped through the middle order, claiming three of the next four victims as the visitors were left reeling on 160-8 and staring at a third defeat of the campaign.

The Oxford seamer had Shameer Ahmed and Thomas Hage caught behind in quick succession.

Spinner Harvey Eltham then dismissed Barney Morgan, before Keat, who took 3-20 off seven overs, picked up the wicket of Ollie Rogoff.

With No 11 Alex Russell absent, Oxon were on the brink of victory, needing only one more wicket.

And Eltham claimed his second victim, bowling Dan Conway, just before 2pm as Herefordshire finished well short of their hosts, who now have three wins from four games, on 169-9.

Western Division – matchday 4

Unicorns Championship, Western Division: Oxon fourth after win in Wales

Oxfordshire are fourth after returning from Wales with a nine wicket win.

Unicorns Championship, Western Division: Oxon defeat Wales by nine wickets

Oxfordshire have defeated Wales by nine wickets in the Unicorns Championship, Western Division this lunchtime.

Joey Butcher returned with match figures of 8 for 81 after his five wickets in Wales second innings saw Oxfordshire need just 16 runs to win batting last.

Jonny Cater’s side’s dominant display was also aided by outstanding first innings knocks from Olly Clarke (97) and Richard Kaufman (86).


Tait strokes maiden century for Oxon U17 in high-scoring Beds draw

George Tait’s maiden century in any competition was not enough to inspire Oxfordshire Under 17s to victory as they had to settle for a high-scoring draw with visitors Bedfordshire in the ECB Under 17 Championship, writes Kieren Bushnell

George Tait

Skipper Tait won the toss and opted to bat first on a superb batting track at Radley College, and he hammered a spectacular 152, including 23 fours, to help Oxfordshire to 413-6 dec in their 80 overs.
There were contributions throughout the order, with Tait’s Banbury clubmate Ben Cross adding his maiden Oxfordshire half-century, before being bowled for 53.
In response, the pitch just got better and better, allowing Bedfordshire to comfortably bat out their 80 overs, resulting in an inevitable draw.
Leading the way for the visitors was opener Fayyaz Homyoon, who struck a magnificent 149, while fellow opener Rowan Bascetta-Pollitt added 56.
Tait completed an excellent personal performance by taking 4-100 in 24 overs.
When Bedfordshire’s innings concluded at 80 overs, the teams shook hands on a competitive drawn contest.
Oxfordshire next travel to Cublington to take on Buckinghamshire in a championship game next week, before attention turns to the Royal London one-day cup.

Oxon U17s make terrific start to 2019 ECB season

OXFORDSHIRE Under 17s made a terrific start to their 2019 ECB season as they picked up victories in both the ECB two-day championship and Royal London one-day cup on a three-day trip to Shropshire.

George Tait

They beat their hosts by an innings and 17 runs in the Specsavers County Championship match at Bridgnorth, before squeezing home by two wickets on the Duckworth Lewis Stern method on Thursday.

In the championship match, Oxfordshire lost the toss and the home side opted to bat first, but with spinners George Tait and Ethan Davie both bowling superbly, Shropshire were restricted to 244 all out in 72.3 overs.

Freddie Smith

Oxfordshire batted positively in their first innings reply, skipper Tait top-scoring with 93 and Freddie Smith hitting 79. Down the order, a fine knock of 50 not out from Dan Hall, plus 35 not out from Ben Cross and 31 from Prav Chahal saw Oxon to 350-6 declared, giving them a lead of 106. Tait then claimed 5-23 in Shropshire’s second innings for a match total of 9-103 as Shropshire fell to 89 all out to ensure Oxfordshire secured the maximum points available.

In the Royal London Cup match 24 hours later, Oxfordshire were made to fight until the very last ball to secure a thrilling two-wicket win.

Again the home side won the toss, and posted a useful 230 all out in their 50 overs, Tait claiming 3-31 and Cross 3-21.

Oxon got their reply off to an excellent start as Luke Maslen (59) and Smith (50) shared 109 for the first wicket. But with regular rain breaks, the target was eventually revised to 191, and the home side turned the screw, taking wickets at regular intervals.
Dee Jarvis and Josh Taylor both held their nerve, with Dee scoring 10 not out under pressure. Josh hit the winning runs to secure the most thrilling of victories off the last ball.

Written by Kieren Bushnell