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Unicorns Trophy 1st Rd: Andrew’s 5-star display sends Oxon to Wales for next round

GARETH Andrew’s superb five-wicket haul helped Oxfordshire record an eight-wicket win over Bedfordshire in their opening competitive 50-over clash of the season.

Oxfordshire celebrate a wicket

The all-rounder claimed 5-19 off ten overs – as well as two catches – as Oxon skittled their hosts for just 122 in 37.5 overs at Amptill CC yesterday.

Shabaaz Alam then blasted an unbeaten 76 as the visitors raced to 123-2 off just 18.3 overs.

Jonny Cater’s decision to insert the hosts proved an instant success, Andrew having Ben Howgego caught by Alam off just the third ball of the match.

Russell White then got in on the act, having fellow opener Luke Thomas caught by Andrew in the slips as Bedfordshire slumped to 9-2.

Andrew trapped James Kettleborough leg before, and although George Thurstance put up some resistance with a battling 49, none of his teammates could offer much support.

Andrew came back later in the innings to claim another three victims and complete an impressive five-wicket haul.

Joe Thomas wrapped things up by taking the final two wickets.

In reply, Alam was in no mood to hang about.

Although Harry Smith fell, his fellow opener was already in full flow.

Shabaaz Alam

Alam’s unbeaten 76 came off just 58 balls and included six fours and six sixes as Oxfordshire sped to a commanding success.

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MATCH GALLERY Bedfordshire v Oxfordshire – Unicorns Trophy 1st Round


Unicorns Minor Counties KO Trophy: Oxon skipper praises T20 display ahead of Bedfordshire Trophy tie

Oxfordshire skipper Jonny Cater praised his side after they won three of their four T20 games to go to the top of the Group 2 table.

Jonny Cater

Cater has led from the front which has seen Oxfordshire do the double over Shropshire on Monday, while picking up a win and also losing against Herefordshire just 24 hours earlier.

The captain told Sports Shots:

I am very happy with the way the side has performed in our first two (T20) matches.

We have jelled as a side, shown an excellent attitude and have a togetherness and spirit.

I felt we bowled well as a unit and the boys up top struck the ball sweetly. To post a very competitive 190 in one of the games was pleasing.

This weekend attention turns to the Unicorns KO Trophy where Cater takes his side to play Bedfordshire at Ampthill Town Cricket Club. The winners of the tie will be rewarded with an away game against Wales at Lisvane.

The 50-overs competition has seen the Oxfordshire Selectors have some choices to make.

It has been a week where we have had to make some tough decisions with selection.

The game against Bedfordshire sees a longer format than we have just played but we go there and we will be looking to progress.

Oxfordshire: Jonny Cater (captain), Shabaaz Alam (Twyford), Gareth Andrew (Ombersley), Harry Smith (Leamington), Tom Condon (Aston Rowant), Tom Cosford (Horspath), Richard Kaufman (Old Northamptonians), Matthew Warner (Chesham), Olly Clarke (Banbury), Joe Thomas (Banbury), Russell White (Buckingham Town), George Sandbach (Oxford Downs).

Umpires: Steve Cobb, Alisdair Shaikh



2nd June
Lincs v Cheshire/Northumberland (a) – Bracebridge Heath
Shropshire v Cumberland (b) – Oswestry
Herefordshire v Hertfordshire/Staffordshire (c) – Eastnor
Cambridgeshire v Norfolk/Suffolk (d) – Exning
Berkshire v Dorset (e) -Oratory School
Cornwall v Buckinghamshire (f) – Truro
Wales MC v Bedfordshire/Oxfordshire (g) – Lisvane
Wiltshire v Devon (h) – Warminster

30th June
Winner Match A v Winner Match B (1)
Winner Match C v Winner Match D (2)
Winner Match E v Winner Match F (3)
Winner Match G v Winner Match H (4)

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

25th (26th) August – T20 Finals Day – Wormsley

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

15-18th September – Championship Final -Banbury

PSF: Bucks defeat Oxfordshire by 18 runs in 50-over friendly

Bucks defeated Oxfordshire by 18 runs in their pre-season friendly at Aston Rowant Cricket Club on Sunday.

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Oxfordshire v Bucks

Unicorns Minor Counties: Oxon name Andrew in final pre-season friendly squad to host Bucks

Oxfordshire Cricket is pleased to announce the 12 man squad selected for Oxfordshire CCC their final pre-season match against Buckinghamshire on Sunday 28th April at Aston Rowant CC (OX39 4ST):

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JA Cater (capt./WK) [Buckingham Town]
S Alam [Twyford]
GM Andrew [Ombersley]
LM Bethell [Aston Rowant]
JDJ Butcher [Abingdon Vale]
TPW Condon [Aston Rowant]
HE Eltham [Oxford]
RI Kaufman [Old Northamptonians]
GDL Sandbach [Oxford Downs]
HGK Smith [Leamington]
JOG Thomas [Banbury]
RDR White [Buckingham Town]
Head Coach: Rupert Evans
Assistant Coach: Paul White
Scorer: Chris Cox

Unicorns Minor Counties: Oxfordshire continue positive pre-season start

By Nick Pinhol

Oxfordshire continued their positive start to the season, as they won one and lost one in their back to back T20 matches against the Free Foresters on Monday 22nd of April at Abingdon School.

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The side led by Jonny Cater won their opening game by seven wickets. After being put into field first, Banbury’s Joe Thomas led the way with 3-10 to help restrict the visitors to 133 all out. In response Oxfordshire got off to a flyer largely thanks to Shabaaz Alam’s 54 off 36 balls which included 5 sixes which put the home side in a strong position. Cater and White then secured a 7 wicket win for Oxfordshire.

The second match saw Oxfordshire bat first. Opener Sutcliffe, led the charge as he hit 78 off 58 balls to help Oxfordshire reach 154-4, Thomas Condon also contributed with a handy 37 off 43, as well as debutant Freddie Smith scoring 11 off 13 balls. In response the Free Foresters looked to build partnerships with Bransgrove and Harris scoring 31 each. George Sandbach at the end hit an impressive 28 off 13 balls to secure the win for the visitors.

Oxfordshire continue their pre season with a 50 over match on Sunday 28th April against Buckinghamshire at Aston Rowant CC starting at 11AM.

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First T20
Second T20

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Oxfordshire v Free Foresters



Unicorns Minor Counties: Oxfordshire to host Free Foresters on Monday

Having started their pre-season fixtures at Sussex II last weekend, Oxfordshire continue, this time on home ground on Monday.

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Oxfordshire Cricket – Press release by Nick Pinhol

Oxfordshire Cricket is pleased to announce the 13 man squad selected for Oxfordshire CCC in two T20 games against Free Foresters on Monday 22nd April at Abingdon School War Memorial Ground (OX14 1BQ):

JA Cater (capt./wk) [Buckingham Town]
S Alam [Twyford]
LM Bethell [Aston Rowant]
JDJ Butcher [Abingdon Vale]
TPW Condon [Aston Rowant]
HE Eltham [Oxford]
RDJ Keat [Oxford]
RRL Shurmer [Barnt Green]
FEH Smith [Oxford Downs]
WPJ Sutcliffe [Thame Town]
MR Warner [Chesham]
JOG Thomas [Banbury]
JA White [Banbury]

Scorer: CG Cox
Scorer: PP White

The first game is to start at 11am with the second game dues to start around 3pm.

Oxfordshire CCC have selected 16 year-old Oxford Downs batsman Freddie Smith to play in Easter Monday’s T20 double header against Free Foresters at Abingdon School on Easter Monday after impressing after being invited to some winter training sessions. After not being fit to play against Sussex Academy, seamer Robbie Shurmer gets a chance to impress as do Aston Rowant seamer, Leo Bethell, Oxford spinner Harvey Eltham and Banbury batsman White.

Sussex versus Oxfordshire

Match report by Nick Pinhol

Oxfordshire started their pre season with victory and defeat in their T20 double-header against Sussex Academy on Sunday at Blackstone.

The side led by Jonny Cater lost their opening game at Blackstone by four wickets, but then bounced back secure a six-wicket victory in the second match. Having been put into bat, Oxfordshire struggled in the morning, with Thame’s Will Sutcliffe the only batsman to make more than 11, his 26 helping Oxfordshire reach 91 all out in 18.4 overs. Despite having the hosts at 14-3 in reply – one of the victims being former Oxfordshire batsman Harrison Ward – an unbroken fourth-wicket stand saw Sussex get to 92-3 off 14.1 overs.

The second match saw Oxfordshire chase down 187-4 to secure the win. The Sussex batsmen made decent scores as the home side set a competitive total. Opener Sutcliffe, on his Oxfordshire debut, again led the charge as he hit 56 off 30 balls to help Oxfordshire reach 191-4, skipper Cater top-scored with an undefeated 60 off just 35 deliveries. George Sandbach also chipped in with a valuable 35 not out as Oxfordshire secured the win off the penultimate ball.

Oxfordshire continue their pre season with a match on Easter Monday with a double header of T20’s against the Free Foresters at Abingdon School starting at 11AM

Scorecard for match 1
Scorecard for match 2


Unicorns Minor Counties: Oxon skipper previews Sussex trip

Oxfordshire skipper Jonny Cater is keen for his squad to “show what they can do” ahead of their season’s curtain-raiser this weekend.

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Cater’s Oxfordshire have named a 14-man squad to travel to play.

The Oxfordshire captain told Sports Shots:

It’s our first game, a chance to get some game-time ahead of the new season and very much an opportunity for the squad to show what they can do.

The two T20 games at the Blackstone Academy Ground sees Oxfordshire name George Sandbach, Will Sutcliffe, Mo Rizvi and Russell White in their squad for the first time.

Sandbach impressed the watching Cater when he made an unbeaten 129 for his club side Oxford Downs in the final of the Bernard Tollett Oxfordshire Cup at Wormsley last September.

George’s century in the cup final was excellent, especially the way he played his innings. He manoeuvred the ball around with his strokeplay and was destructive at the back-end of the Downs innings.

Regarding the other three newcomers, Thame Town’s Will Sutcliffe, Russell White of Buckingham Town and Oxford MCCU’s Mo Rizvi, Cater said:

Will (Sutcliffe) has been knocking on the door with his performances. He has come in and impressed us.

Russell (White) was outstanding for Buckingham last season. He is tall, sharp and gives us something different with the ball.

With Mo’s situation, he expressed an interest in playing and has trained well all winter and impressed us.

Sussex could feature any of their squad, which is a great opportunity for the Oxfordshire side.

In closing, Cater stated:

We do not know who we will face but we must use it as an exercise in being ready for the first competitive game in early May.

Next up, Oxfordshire face Free Foresters in two T20 games on Easter Monday.


Unicorns Cricket: Town seamer White named in Oxfordshire squad for Sussex trip

Buckingham Town seamer Russell White has been named in the Oxfordshire squad that heads to face the Sussex Academy on Sunday.

Russell White


The Official Oxfordshire Cricket Press Release:

Oxfordshire Cricket is pleased to announce the 14 man squad selected for Oxfordshire CCC in two T20 games against Sussex Academy on Sunday 14th April at Blackstone (BN5 9TA):

JA Cater (capt./wk) (Buckingham Town)
OD Clarke (Banbury)
TPW Condon (Aston Rowant)
JDJ Butcher (Abingdon)
RI Kaufman (Old Northamptonians)
MS Rizvi (Northampton Saints / Oxford MCCU)
GDL Sandbach (Oxford Downs)
RRL Shurmer (Barnt Green)
HGK Smith (Leamington)
WPJ Sutcliffe (Thame Town)
JOG Thomas (Banbury)
MR Warner (Chesham)
Rob Keat (Oxford)
RDR White (Buckingham Town)
Scorer: PP White

The first game is to start at 11am with the second game dues to start around 3pm.

Oxfordshire are using our three pre-season games – this one, 2 x T20s against Free Foresters at Abingdon School on Easter Monday and a 50-over game against Buckinghamshire at Aston Rowant on Sunday 28th April, to look at some new players that have been training with the squad over the winter. These players selected for this day are batsmen George Sandbach and Will Sutcliffe from Oxford Downs and Thame Town, respectively, Buckingham seamer Russell White and Oxford MCCU leg spinning all-rounder, Mohammed Rizvi. It is also a chance to look at seamers Matt Warner and Robbie Shurmer in white-ball cricket after impressing in championship games last summer.

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.

Minor Counties Cricket

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.