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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.

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!

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.

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
18/3/2018

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.

Minor Counties: Oxfordshire name side to host Cornwall

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

Oxfordshire CCC side selected to play Cornwall in a Unicorn’s Trophy Group 1 fixture at Banbury CC on Sunday 23rd April:

JA Cater (Capt & WK) (Buckingham Town)
OD Clarke (Banbury)
HE Eltham (Oxford)
JLN Garrett (Great & Little Tew)
RI Kaufman (Old Northamptonians)
KW Penhale (Aston Rowant)
LC Ryan (Spencer)
LM Sabin (Banbury)
HD Ward (Horspath)
JCR West (Banbury)
OTM Wright (Banbury)
Scorer: CG Cox

Olly Clarke, Harvey Eltham, Jordan Garrett and Harrison Ward are in line to make their competitive senior one-day debuts for the county. Any support for the team would be greatly appreciated and we look forward to seeing you at Banbury on Sunday.

Minor Counties: Bucks defeat Oxon

Today’s scorecard LINK

Minor Counties: Cater set for Oxon new captaincy era this weekend

By Josh Kirk (Oxfordshire Cricket)

Under the new captaincy of Jonny Cater, Oxfordshire CCC play three friendly 50 over fixtures over Easter as part of their build up for the MCCA Trophy. There are two games against Sussex Academy on Saturday and Sunday at Blackstone. One of these games will be wearing coloured clothing and using white balls, whilst the other will be a red ball game wearing whites. This is because all competitive fixtures are still playing with a red ball, whilst all of Sussex’s games are played using a white ball. The side then take on Buckinghamshire in a 50 over friendly at Aston Rowant on Easter Monday. All three games will be an 11am start. The reason behind the enlarged squad is so that as many players as possible can be viewed before the season.

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

Sat 15th April: v. Sussex Academy at Blackstone (BN5 9TA):

Jonny Cater (capt. & wk) (Buckingham Town CC)
Leo Bethell (Aston Rowant CC)
Olly Clarke (Banbury CC)
Harvey Eltham (Oxford CC)
Jordan Garrett (Great & Little Tew CC)
Richard Kaufman (Old Northamptonians CC)
Liam Manley (Great & Little Tew CC)
Karl Penhale (Aston Rowant CC)
Hendrick Robyns (Aston Rowant CC)
Lloyd Sabin (Banbury CC)
Brad Taylor (Banbury CC)
Joe Thomas (Great & Little Tew CC)
Joe White (Great & Little Tew CC)

Sun 16th April: v. Sussex Academy at Blackstone (BN5 9TA):

Jonny Cater (capt. & wk) (Buckingham Town CC)
Leo Bethell (Aston Rowant CC)
Olly Clarke (Banbury CC)
Harvey Eltham (Oxford CC)
Jordan Garrett (Great & Little Tew CC)
Richard Kaufman (Old Northamptonians CC)
Liam Manley (Great & Little Tew CC)
Karl Penhale (Aston Rowant CC)
Hendrick Robyns (Aston Rowant CC)
Lloyd Sabin (Banbury CC)
Brad Taylor (Banbury CC)
Joe Thomas (Great & Little Tew CC)
Joe White (Great & Little Tew CC)
Ollie Wright (Banbury CC)

Monday 17th April: v. Buckinghamshire at Aston Rowant CC (OX39 4ST):

Jonny Cater (capt.) (Buckingham Town CC)
Leo Bethell (Aston Rowant CC)
Hugo Darby (Spencer CC)
Will Eason (Horspath CC)
Harvey Eltham (Oxford CC)
Andy Harris (Great & Little Tew CC)
Will Hawtin (wk) (Banbury CC)
Richard Kaufman (Old Northamptonians CC)
Luke Ryan (Spencer CC)
Lloyd Sabin (Banbury CC)
Harrison Ward (Horspath CC)
Richard West (Banbury CC)
Ollie Wright (Banbury CC)

Read the full article HERE

Minor Counties: Town skipper set to lead Oxon in 2017 campaign

Buckingham town 1st XI skipper Jonny Cater has been appointed the Oxfordshire men’s first team captain for the 2017 season.

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

Cater will be assisted by Banbury’s Lloyd Sabin, who has been appointed his deputy.

Sports Shots will talk to the new Oxfordshire skipper on our Russell & Butler YouTube Channel soon.

MC: Town skipper top scores in both innings as Oxon defeated

Buckingham Town skipper Jonny Cater top scored in both innings as Oxfordshire went down to an innings and 59-run defeat at Cornwall.

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

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

Cater’s batting was a rare bright spot for Oxfordshire as they were defeated inside two days. He made 32 on day one before falling two short of his half century as the home side eased to victory.

SCORECARD: Cornwall v Oxfordshire