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.
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.
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.