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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.

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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).


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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).

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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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Unicorns T20: Oxon skipper Cater previews T20 clash with Bucks

Oxfordshire captain Jonny Cater has spoken to Sports Shots as Bucks visit in the Unicorns T20 on Sunday.

Jonny Cater

Cater spoke of how pleased he was with Oxfordshire’s display as they progressed in the Unicorns Trophy last weekend.

We are obviously delighted with last Sunday’s result against Hertfordshire. We turned up knowing we had to turn round our fortunes following the previous defeats in the 20/20 competition. However we also went into the game with confidence knowing we had a full squad. The addition of professional Gareth Andrew certainly lifted the esteem. Moving into the game we fielded extremely well giving Herts nothing. Kaufy, Joe Butcher and Tom Price were the pick of the bowlers. Restricting them to 230 on a flat Welwyn pitch was a real positive and proved how the well the lads performed.

We started off poorly with the bat, being 8-2 was always going to prove to be a test of the teams character. However two century partnerships followed which meant us getting over the line fairly comfortably. Jordan Garrett joined Richard Kaufman and both played beautifully. Jordan especially taking the attack to the bowlers showing his class. Kaufy reached his hundred in the latter stages of the innings and it was nice to have supported him during this. He has worked hard and this innings is well deserved.

We move into the quarter final high on confidence with a home tie against Suffolk at Banbury on June 10th. We don’t know too much about Suffolk but we know we are more then capable of beating anyone.

This weekend Bucks will visit Banbury’s Ermont way ground for two T20 games in the Unicorns T20 Group 2.

Playing Bucks is always a great contest. It’s an opportunity for some of our younger players to stake a claim for future games. Realistically we have nothing too play for in terms of qualification but we want too put on a good show and gain momentum moving into the remaining 20/20 games against Berkshire then the 50 over quarter final.


Oxon: J Cater (Buckingham Tn), L Brock (Gt & Little Tew), J Butcher (Abingdon Vale), O Clarke (Banbury), T Condon (Aston Rowant), H Eltham (Oxford), R Kaufman (Old Northamptonians), H Smith (Gt & Little Tew), B Taylor (Banbury), C Watling (Aston Rowant), J White (Gt & Little Tew).

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Minor Counties: Oxon sign former Hampshire & Worcestershire’s Andrew + Cater reaction

Oxfordshire Cricket are delighted to announce that ex-professional cricketer, Gareth Andrew will join Oxfordshire squad for the remainder of the 2018 season.

Oxon skipper Jonny Cater with Gareth Andrew

Gareth is an all rounder who has played 96 first class and 234 List A and T20 matches for Somerset, Worcestershire, Hampshire in the United Kingdom and Canterbury in New Zealand. In his professional career he has taken 238 first class wickets with his Right Arm medium fast bowling and has made nearly 3000 first class runs with his hard hitting middle order batting, including a highest score of 180 not out.

Gareth’s significant playing experience will bring professionalism and a breadth of knowledge to the Oxfordshire squad. His influence both on and off the field will be paramount in helping Oxfordshire to win cricket matches and maximise the potential of young players within the squad. His family also has a connection to Oxfordshire where his late father was once the chairman of locally based cricket club, Dorchester on Thames CC.

Oxfordshire Cricket take this opportunity to welcome Gareth and look forward to his contribution in the season ahead.

Jonny Cater

Oxfordshire skipper Cater told Sports Shots:

The signing of Gareth will give everyone a boost at the county.

He will bring both experience and quality to our young squad and we are all looking forward to him wearing an Oxfordshire shirt.

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Unicorn T20: Oxon name squads for T20 openers

Following a disappointing pre-season preparation with cancelled fixtures against Sussex Academy and Buckinghamshire due to the weather, the much anticipated start of the Minor Counties Cricket Association season starts this weekend with the exciting new T20 format competition.

On Sunday, Oxfordshire men (sponsored by Chadlington Brewery) play two T20 games against Herefordshire, kindly hosted by Bicester & North Oxford CC (OX26 1TH), then travel up to Shropshire for another two T20 fixtures the following day, Bank Holiday Monday. Both days’ play commences at 11.00am.

Below is the 12 man squad for Sunday’s game against Hereford at BNOCC:

Harry Adair (Oxford MCCU)
Leo Bethell (Aston Rowant)
Lawrence Brock (Great & Little Tew)
Joe Butcher (Abingdon Vale)
Tom Condon (Aston Rowant)
Harvey Eltham (Oxford)
Miles Hammond (Aston Rowant)
Richard Kaufman (Capt.) (Old Northamptonians)
Harry Smith (WK) (Great & Little Tew)
Brad Taylor (Banbury)
Joe Thomas (Great & Little Tew)
Chris Watling (Aston Rowant)

Scorer: Chris Cox

Oxfordshire give a debut to Oxford MCCU batsman Harry Adair after impressing against the county last Sunday at Magdalen College School. Gloucestershire all-rounder Miles Hammond returns for his first run out in Oxfordshire colours on the Sunday, whilst he is replaced by regular captain Jonny Cater on the Monday, as he is unavailable on the Sunday due to it being his child’s christening. Young all-rounder Tom Price, who impressed last weekend is unavailable due to academic commitments.

Please come along to Bicester and show your support and enjoy what will be a great day with lots of exciting cricket.

The 12 man squad for Monday’s game against Shropshire at Shrewsbury (SY2 6PT) is:

Harry Adair (Oxford MCCU)
Leo Bethell (Aston Rowant)
Lawrence Brock (Great & Little Tew)
Joe Butcher (Abingdon Vale)
Jonny Cater (Capt./WK) (Buckingham Town)
Tom Condon (Aston Rowant)
Harvey Eltham (Oxford)
Richard Kaufman (Old Northamptonians)
Harry Smith (Great & Little Tew)
Brad Taylor (Banbury)
Joe Thomas (Great & Little Tew)
Chris Watling (Aston Rowant)

Scorer: Chris Cox

The very best of luck to the teams and many thanks to Bicester for hosting our first home MCCA fixture of the 2018 season. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Minor Counties: Cater talks Oxon Minor counties, winter preparation & season’s opener

Oxfordshire skipper Jonny Cater has spoken to Sports Shots about all things in the Minor Counties camp ahead of the season.

Jonny Cater

This Sunday sees Oxfordshire finally get to play a game as they play Oxford University CC at MCS in two T20 games.

Cater told Sports Shots of how preparations for the forthcoming campaign began around five months ago.

We started netting at Radley before Christmas and we have kept that going every two weeks since.

These training camps have been very positive enthused the Oxfordshire skipper.

We have promising youngsters and a refreshing depth of talent, which bodes well for the future.

I’ve been very impressed by the way these players have conducted themselves at training and the desire they have shown to learn and improve.

Cater’s Oxfordshire has assembled an experienced support staff; Rupert Evans, Paul White, Ian Hawtin, Rob Williams and Chad Keegan.

These coaches are influential and their wealth of experience in playing and coaching has helped us massively. They have tried to make players aware of realistic match scenarios with their game plans always under scrutiny. These young players are good enough to know their game plan and, if the situation changes, adapt with the help of the experienced coaches and players.

This weekend sees Oxfordshire finally start their season after a wet year.

We’ve named a squad of thirteen and everyone will play a positive part. We are a young side and probably a bit light on experience, but these youngsters have played at Minor counties level so know what to expect.

We’ve been getting to know player roles, tactically, and where we want to be at certain stages. With the weather causing issues with not being able to practice outside it’s important we get some game-time going into our first competitive match next week.

Oxfordshire: JA Cater (capt), LM Bethell, LE Brock, JDJ Butcher, TPW Condon, HE Eltham, RI Kaufman, TJ Price, HGK Smith, BFD Taylor, JOG Thomas, CP Watling, JA White.

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Oxfordshire Minor Counties News – 2018

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

Programme Summary

2018 sees a significant change in the Minor Counties and 2nd X1 programmes. The T20 format of the game has been introduced. To accommodate this the 50 over OD competition has been changed to a straight Knock Out. There is no change to the 3 – day Championship format with each county playing 6 matches.

In the T20 competition Oxfordshire have been pooled with Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Shropshire and Herefordshire. We will be playing each team twice, on the same day. The pool winners will progress to the Finals day at Wormsley.

In the one day Knock-Out we travel to Hertfordshire and in the 6 Championship matches we host Cornwall, Dorset and Wales. Grounds have kindly been provided by Banbury (x2) and St Edwards School. We travel to Berkshire, Herefordshire and Wiltshire in the other games. The Championship final will also be hosted at Banbury CC. The OD Knock Final is also at Wormsley.

For more detailed information please visit:-

Fixtures, Results and Statistics

The 1st XI pages of the website include the playing squad and the code of conduct as well as the fixture list.

2018 Minor Counties Selection Policy (reviewed annually)

The 2018 Minor Counties selection policy will remain the same as 2017. That policy is to play at least 9 players who meet one of the following criteria:-

  • Born in Oxfordshire
  • Playing or played club cricket in Oxfordshire
  • Educated in Oxfordshire
  • Generated from the Oxfordshire Youth Player pathway system

The selectors have the full support of the Senior Cricket management team in picking players from the Sussex partnership, and also Oxfordshire players who are part of the joint Oxfordshire/Sussex player pathway.

The Minor Counties will always operate within the financial constraints of MCCA funding, sponsorship and dedicated reserves.

2018 Second X1 Selection policy

The 2018 2nd X1 selection policy will remain the same as 2017. That policy is to play players who meet one of the following criteria:-

  • Born in Oxfordshire
  • Playing or played club cricket in Oxfordshire
  • Educated in Oxfordshire
  • Generated from the Oxfordshire Youth Player pathway system

The 2nd X1 will be funded by sponsorship and Board reserves. There is no ECB funding available for this cricket.

For more details information please visit:
Fixtures, Results and Scorecards

On behalf of the Oxfordshire CCC Selectors

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Minor Counties: Oxon select side to face Berkshire

This is the selected Oxfordshire CCC side to face Berkshire at Bicester & North Oxford CC (OX26 1TH) on Sunday 7th May (start 11am):

JA Cater (capt/wk) (Buckingham Town CC)
LM Bethell (Aston Rowant CC)
M Machan (Sussex CCC)
WJ Eason (Horspath CC)
HE Eltham (Oxford CC)
JLN Garrett (Great & Little Tew CC)
LC Ryan (Spencer CC)
LM Sabin (Banbury CC)
HGK Smith (Great & Little Tew CC)
JCR West (Banbury CC)
OTM Wright (Banbury CC)

Richard Kaufman is unavailable due to work commitments, so Matt Machan comes into the side. Any support on Sunday would be much appreciated by the team and we look forward to seeing you there.

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