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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

Unicorns Championship Western Division: Oxfordshire hand debut to Downs skipper Sandbach

Oxfordshire hand a Unicorns Championship, Western Division debut to Oxford Downs skipper George Sandbach as they head to Wales on Sunday off of the back of a 273-run victory over Shropshire.

George Sandbach


Oxfordshire secured a convincing 273 run win this week against Shropshire, in their first home Unicorns Championship match of the season at Banbury CC.

After winning the toss, and electing to bat first, Oxfordshire started well with opener Shabaaz Alam scoring 54 off just 69 balls. The loss of a couple of wickets in the middle order saw a need to rebuild, as Richard Kaufman utilised his experience as he went on score a century and finish on 113 before being dismissed. Other notable scores with the bat came from Tom Cosford (33) and Gareth Andrew (39), as Oxfordshire reached 334-8 in their first innings.

Richard Kaufman

With the ball Gareth Andrew (4-47) helped Oxfordshire dismiss the visitors for 186 in their first innings, giving Oxfordshire a 148-run lead after the first innings.

Gareth Andrew

In the second innings Oxfordshire went on to declare on 256-7 with the bat, with Alam (38), Smith (65), Russell (41) and Clarke (40*) all in the runs as they set Shropshire 404 to win.

As Shropshire attempted to start their chase well, Andrew and White had other ideas as they stormed through Shropshire to bowl them out for 131. Andrew finishing with figures of 5-38, and White with figures of 4-12 to secure a 273 run win for Oxfordshire.

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Wales MC v Oxfordshire Cricket

Team news for this game sees Captain Jonny Cater return, meaning that Harry Smith moves back into the ranks and replaces Thame ‘keeper Callum Russell.

There is one more enforced change with Twyford opening batsman, Shabaaz Alam, declaring himself unavailable and therefore the county give a Championship debut to Sandbach.

  • JA Cater (Capt./WK)
  • GM Andrew [Ombersley]
  • JDJ Butcher [Abingdon Vale]
  • OD Clarke [Banbury]
  • TM Cosford [Horspath]
  • HE Eltham [Oxford]
  • JLN Garrett [Downend]
  • RI Kaufman [Old Northamptonians]
  • GDL Sandbach [Oxford Downs]
  • HGK Smith [Leamington]
  • RDR White [Buckingham Town]

Scorer: CG Cox


Unicorns Trophy, QF: Oxon face big Trophy clash looking for a place in the last four

In the big Minor Counties clash of this weekend, Oxfordshire will host Wiltshire in the Unicorns Trophy, quarter-final at Aston Rowant on Sunday.

Oxfordshire celebrate a wicket

Oxfordshire have named an unchanged 12-man squad to welcome Wiltshire.

Jonny Cater’s side finally get a home tie after defeating Bedfordshire (see below – Vlog & Images) and Wales, both away.

Bedfordshire v Oxfordshire

The winners will travel to play either Berkshire or Cornwall in the last four.

Unicorns Trophy 2019 – Future Rounds
Sunday 30th June
Lincolnshire v Cumberland (1)
Staffordshire v Cambridgeshire – Knypersley (2)
Berkshire v Cornwall – Falkland (3)
Oxfordshire v Wiltshire (4)

Semi Finals
Winner Match 1 v Winner Match 2
Winner Match 3 v Winner Match 4

28th (29th) August – Trophy Final – Wormsley

Oxfordshire squad:
JA Cater [Buckingham Town]
S Alam [Twyford]
JDJ Butcher [Abingdon Vale]
GM Andrew [Ombersley]
TM Cosford [Horspath]
OD Clarke [Banbury]
JLN Garrett [Downend]
RI Kaufman [Old Northamptonians]
GDL Sandbach [Oxford Downs]
JOG Thomas [Banbury]
MR Warner [Chesham]
RDR White [Buckingham Town]
Scorer: PP White

Unicorns Championship, Western Division: Cater looks ahead to Oxfordshire’s Championship start in Cornwall

Oxfordshire skipper Jonny Cater has spoken about his side starting their “bread and butter” Championship campaign this weekend but admits they have an eye on their Unicorns Trophy, quarter-final a week on Sunday.

Jonny Cater

Talking to Sports Shots, Cater discussed his side’s trip down to Truro to face Cornwall in the 3-day Western Division clash.

We start our Championship campaign, which is our bread and butter.

Selection-wise, Rusty (Russell White) has an niggling injury which sees him not travel.

On the traditional Truro spinners track, Oxfordshire have named a familiar side, including three slow bowlers.

We are pleased with the strength of the squad, one which is gaining experience as it evolves and improves.

Harvey (Eltham) is a player I rate highly, he is in form with Oxford, equally likewise with Clarkey (Olly Clarke) and Joe (Thomas).

We have variety in the spin department, options, these are players who won us games last season.

Plus we have Gareth (Andrew), who’s quality speaks for itself, and Joe (Butcher), who is a hit the deck bowler.

The final member of the bowling department is Tom Price, who took three for 44 from 25 overs in the first innings in Gloucestershire second eleven’s game against Glamorgan at Newport.

Price comes in and highlights, again, the strength I believe we have.

Cater also calls on the services of another player on the books of Gloucestershire in Jordan Garrett who joins Richard Kaufman, Tom Condon and Harry Smith in the batting line-up.

This season’s finish in the Western Division holds extra importance as the introduction of a two-tier system, with promotion and relegation, means Oxfordshire will be pushing for a top five place.

Jonny Cater

A week on Sunday, Oxfordshire will host Wiltshire in the quarter-final on the Unicorns Trophy, the 50-over competition, which will take place at Aston Rowant cricket club.

I admit we have an eye on this as we would love to progress to the semi-final, where we play either Cornwall or Dorset.

Cater’s side finished their T20 as runners-up in Group 2 with five wins from their eight games after a win-less 2018 in the same competition.

I was very happy with our season, we had considerable improvement and to finish with five wins was excellent.

We congratulate the Bucks boys, who performed, and wish them well at final’s day.

Oxfordshire: Jonny Cater (Captain), Gareth Andrew, Joey Butcher, Olly Clarke, Tom Condon, Harvey Eltham, Jordan Garrett, Richard Kaufman, Tom Price, Harry Smith, Joe Thomas, George Tait.


Unicorns T20 Group 2: Cater backs Oxfordshire after Unicorns Trophy success + T20 Berks clash preview

Oxfordshire skipper Jonny Cater has praised his side’s performance in Wales after their victory saw them progress into the quarter-final of the Unicorns Trophy on Sunday 30th June.

Jonny Cater

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s clash with T20 Champions Berkshire, Cater told Sports Shots

It was a good performance and we are very pleased to be in the next round.

At 51 for 2 rain forced a stoppage and the Duckworth Lewis calculation did not do us many favours.

Jordan (Garrett) and Kaufy (Richard Kaufman) batted very well for us and gave a platform for us to have a go in the final few overs.

Gareth (Andrew ) and Rusty (Russell White) gave us a great start with the ball and we backed our bowlers. Joe (Thomas) finished up with four wickets and ensured we got the job done.

Victory sees a home tie in the last eight with Wiltshire in the 50-over game.

We hope to have a ground confirmed by the end of the week for the quarter-final and we hope people will come and support us.

This weekend Berkshire are the visitors to Banbury as the minor counties circuit sees the return of the T20 competition. The group winners in the four regional sections will progress to the last four at Wormsley for final’s day on Sunday 25th August.

It will be nice to see how we measure up against, for me, the benchmark side of the last few years. We have improved on last season and we will be going all out to qualify for the T20 semi-finals, as we can only concentrate on what we do.


Unicorns Trophy: Oxfordshire progress into the last eight with 36-run win in Wales

Oxfordshire are into the last eight of the Unicorns Trophy after their 36-run win in Wales on Sunday.

Joe Thomas

Jonny Cater’s side set up a quarter-final home tie with Wiltshire on 30th June with an impressive display.

Jordan Garrett (60) and Richard Kaufman (51) helped Oxfordshire post 195 for 6 in 31 overs, reduced from 50 overs due to the weather.

Richard Kaufman

In reply, Gareth Andrew and Russell White both struck early on with a brace of wickets apiece to put the home side on the back foot.

Joe Thomas’s excellent spell of four for 25 from seven overs saw Wales finally dismissed for 159 all out.

Wiltshire defeated a Devon side containing Peter Trego in a bowl off.

MATCH SCORECARD: Wales v Oxfordshire

Unicorns Trophy 2nd Rd: Kaufman previews Oxfordshire’s trophy trip to Wales

Oxfordshire’s Richard Kaufman has spoken with Sports Shots as they head to Wales in the Unicorns Trophy, 2nd round on Sunday.

Richard Kaufman

It is Kaufman’s seventeenth season donning the colours of Oxfordshire and he spoke of his first game, plus of the changes during that time.

My first captain was Keith Arnold, he was an absolute legend of a bloke. He played the game hard on the pitch, but was first to buy the opposition a beer in the bar after. The Minor Counties circuit doesn’t have quite as many characters as it used too.
The game has changed a fair bit over the years. The introduction of white ball and coloured clothing in recent years, has meant players go harder at the top of the innings, rather than seeing off the red duke ball, which swung quite a bit early on.
Kaufman spoke of the blend and mood in the current camp.

We have a good mix of youth and experience, I can still remember being the youngest in the side, I am now the oldest! That doesn’t stop me terrorising Tom Condon in the ‘young’ v ‘older’ football warm ups.

On the cricketing side, I hope I can help the younger players develop their games and I hope they can see me as someone they can ask for advice if required.
Jonny Cater has developed a good spirit in the camp and his form with the bat, has been outstanding. We go into the game versus Wales with good confidence, after a good win at Bedfordshire.
Sunday’s game at Lisvane is a long trip for Oxfordshire, with Kaufman hoping for a hat-trick of wins.

I’m playing club cricket in Northampton on Saturday. I’m a Tottenham Hotspur fan, so with the Champions League final Saturday night, it may be a late arrival to Newport where we are staying.

Fortunately the ground is quite local to the hotel, so we won’t have to get up too early.

Pre match, I will probably score a few goals in the warm up! I will bowl a few offies and then get Paul White to throw me a few in the nets. We will have a team chat, where Jonny sets out his plan for the day. Rupert Evans is also a top coach and always assesses conditions well, so the boys listen closely to what he has to say.

The Oxfordshire player knows it will be a difficult tie but is focused on his side’s game as he believes they can progress into the next round.
Wales are an unpredictable side, they have a lot of talented youngsters and quite a few of their boys are usually professional cricketers for Glamorgan.
We will concentrate on our own game and know if we execute our skills we will have a good chance of winning the game.
The winning side from the tie will play host to the winners of the Wiltshire or Devon tie on 30th June. Peter Trego, who was part of the Somerset team who won the Royal London Insurance Cup against Hampshire at Lords last Saturday, is included in Devon’s side this weekend as he is dual registered for both counties.
Click on the link below to watch how Oxfordshire progressed in the last round at Bedfordshire.

Unicorns T20 Group 2: Bucks record double with excellent all-round display

Some spectacular batting helped Bucks to complete a double victory over Oxfordshire in their Unicorns Counties T20 Championship at High Wycombe on Sunday, reports Michael Knox.

Bucks Shirt

Bucks claimed two seven-wicket wins to keep alive their hopes of topping the group.

A brilliant display by Jonathan Burden set up Bucks’ first win after they put the visitors in to bat.

Jonathan Burden

The High Wycombe seamer returned the remarkable figures of 3-9 in four overs and landed a direct hit for a run-out to limit Oxon to 138-9 from their 20 overs.

Only skipper Jonny Cater starred for the visitors – his 72 included six 6’s and was over half of his team’s total.

Jonny Cater

Bucks made light of this below-par target as Conrad Louth (38) and Saif Zaib (33) paved the way for Charlie Macdonell to see them to 139-3 in 17.2 overs with 52 not out in 32 balls.

Saif Zaib

Charlie Macdonell

Oxon won the toss and chose to bat in the second game and this time around scored 162-9, skipper Cater again top-scoring with 68 from just 36 balls. Bucks skipper Hampton took 3-37 whilst Andy Harris produced an excellent spell of 2-23, including his first ball dismissal of Gareth Andrew.

A stunning second-wicket stand of 95 off just 7.2 overs between Louth and Zaib paved the way for victory. Louth struck 70 off 34 balls with four sixes and seven fours.

Conrad Louth

Macdonell, with an unbeaten 44 in 22 balls, saw Bucks to 164-3 in just 13.4 overs.

Bucks, with three wins in their four matches, continue their T20 campaign against Herefordshire at Colwall on Sunday 9th June.

Meanwhile, Bucks travel to Cornwall this Sunday in a Unicorns Trophy first-round tie at Truro, whilst Oxfordshire, in the same competition, visit Wales.

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Bucks v Oxon

Games remaining:

Sunday 9th June 2019

Herefordshire v Bucks
Oxfordshire v Berkshire

Sunday 16th June 2019

Berkshire v Herefordshire
Bucks v Shropshire



Unicorns T20 Group 2: Oxfordshire skipper talks positive start & trip to ‘strong’ Bucks this Sunday

Oxfordshire skipper Jonny Cater has spoken to Sports Shots ahead of their trip to Bucks in the Unicorns T20 Group 2 on Sunday.

Jonny Cater

Cater’s side head to High Wycombe Cricket Club in fine form, but looking to build on their good start.

Sunday gives us another opportunity to play against a strong one-day outfit in Buckinghamshire. We come into the game high in confidence, winning three of the four T20 matches, and beating Bedfordshire in the first round of the KO Trophy. Winning games brings a real sense of belief and the players have that in abundance at present.

The next three weeks are crucial for our one day season. We know a string of positive results will give us a great chance to progress to the latter stages of both competitions. However we often use the well known cliche “Take each game as it comes’ and today is a great example of that.

Bucks have an excellent squad of players and we often come across each other for our respective clubs on a Saturday. I look forward to seeing how we cope under the pressure.

Moving forward it’s important to build on the success of last year’s three-day championship campaign. Finishing second with five wins is something the county are extremely proud of. With next year’s proposed changes to minor counties cricket, finishing in the top half is our main aim in 2019. However, looking at the squad of players we have this year I don’t see why we can’t compete again at the right end of the table.