Oxford 3s finally got their season underway by traveling to the Royal hunting village of Brill. A lovely village with a windmill that doesn’t turn and a soggy cricket pitch that doesn’t bounce.
After winning the toss the youngest Australian at the ground put them into bat, hoping that the pitch would dry out as the day went on. Holding them to 177 after their 45 overs was a respectable effort.
Unfortunately our prowess with the bat did not match our efforts in the field and we were all out for 91. Ali and Numa Shah both gave a very respectable account for themselves with the bat but unfortunately it was too much for just 2 batters.
This match also marked the debut of Numa Shah as a wicket keeper for the Oxford Cricket Club. After being highly recommended by her coaches at Magdalen College she impressed spectators and players alike with her skills with the gloves.
Thankfully redemption was only 7 days away when the 3s faced off against Wolvercote 2. This time being played at the fantastic New College ground in the middle of Oxford.
After losing the toss we were bowling first, with the game eventually starting at 1:10pm, and the less said about that the better.
Again we were very strong in the field, Arthur Baldock and Ali Raza leading the way with the new ball before Alf Symonds claimed his 5th 5fer for the club with the figures of 5-47. We eventually had them all out for 201.
With the second oldest Australian at the Oxford Cricket Club combining with Sam Mendis, the 2 openers managed to put on a run a ball 103 before the first wicket fell. With the pressure firmly pressed upon the opposition, a winning total of 205 was reached in just the 32 second over. With Sam Mendis top scoring with 79 from 79 deliveries.
A truly comprehensive effort with each and every player excelling at whatever task was asked of them.
A wet start to the season resulted in 3 abandoned games much to the frustration of the players.
Eventually, our campaign got underway with a close game against Kidlington 2s. Jim Oates (68) and Andy Smith (55) shared a 100 partnership to give us a healthy 199 at the immaculate New College ground. An opening burst from Joseph Conway (3 wickets) put Kidlington under pressure but some lusty blows from the middle order kept the opposition in the hunt. Fortunately, some late wickets kept Kidlington at arm’s reach and we ran out eventual winners by 9 runs.
For the second week running the coin flip landed on a tail which resulted in us being inserted by Oxford Nondes and Bletchingdon 3s. Again, contributions from Oates and Smith gave us a good start and with support from Roger Young, Dan Shaw, Owen Henderson and Max Baldock a total of 183 was reached.
Tight bowling from Peter Cole and Wasi Malik put us in the driving seat but some erratic fielding and a 33 yard boundary kept the opposition in touch. Chun Ting claimed his 1st wicket with a beautifully pitched leg cutter and we continued to be marginally on top. It came down to the last over with 6 being required but a clip to the fine leg boundary off gave the opponents the win by 2 wickets.