Oxford CC Women vs MCC Women – July 6th 2018

Oxford Cricket Club invite you to  a Celebration of Womens Cricket

At OUP Sports Ground, Jordan Hill, OX2 8EF

Friday July 6th 2018

Oxford CC Women v MCC Women

Play starts at 11am and finishes at 6pm (when Youth training starts). The Kia Super League Vipers Roadshow will be in attendance.

Guests, Friends and Family are most welcome to join us and take part in a special day for the club. We wish to encourage as many people to come along and support the club as possible.

The club wish to thank Riomed Ltd (http://www.riomed.com/) for their generous support of the day.

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Oxford CC at Lord’s!


Oxford CC Women’s 1st XI vice-captain, Genny Porter, sporting her well-worn and much-loved Oxford CC cap, played on the main ground at Lord’s on Tuesday 24th April for the MCC Marylebone Maidens, in the Lord’s MCC Women’s Day. The day was a celebration and showcase of Women’s cricket, held at Lord’s in front of about 5,000 school children. In the opposing team was her sister, Eloise. Fortunately, the game aligned with Genny coming out to bat to face her sister’s bowling, however she couldn’t hit the runs required to help her team set a defendable score. Genny and Eloise played all of their youth cricket at Oxford CC, for both the boys and girls teams from the U10s to adult level. 

Oxford CC Women are looking forward to their inaugural game hosting the MCC Women at Jordan Hill on Friday July 6th.


2018 Winter Nets

Our winter training programme begins on Sunday 28th January 2018. Sessions will take place for 9 weeks (All Sundays from January 28th – March 25th) as follows.

Magdalen College School, Cowley Place OX4 1DZ

U11-U15 (School Years 6 to 10) 17.00-18.00

Senior Women 18.00-19.30*

Senior Men 19.30-21.00

U16/U17 and U19 cricketers are invited to train with the senior squads.

*Please note that our Women’s section have chosen to divide the sessions as follows:

  • The first few sessions (Sundays 28th January to 25th February) will be for players who represented the 1s during the 2017 season, or who aspire to in 2018.
  • Winter training for all players will then start on Sunday 4th March and continue until 25th March.

Matthew Arnold School, Arnold’s Way, OX2 9JE

5-8 year olds (School year R – year 3) from 14:30-15:30  (Parents involvement will be essential for this session! )

U9s and U10s (School year 4 and 5)  from 15:30-16:30


Funeral Arrangements for Simon Porter

A non-religious service to remember Simon’s life will be held on Friday 3rd March 2017, 12 noon at Oxford Crematorium, Bayswater Road, Headington, Oxford OX3 9RZ.

Since parking is limited, we suggest those attending share transport as much as possible.

No flowers please. Donations for cricket in Oxfordshire – particularly for the OCB Young Cricketer’s Hardship Fund and the OCB Groundsman’s Development Fund – can be made via bank transfer (Sort Code 20-65-21, Account Number 50948713) or by cheque (payable to OCB) c/o S & R Childs, 69 London Road, Headington, Oxford OX3 9AA, or on the day.

Simon Porter – 1950-2017

Simon Porter, one of the leading figures in Oxfordshire cricket for over 40 years, died at home on 9th February, aged 66. Simon was involved in the formation of Oxford Cricket Club, which arose from a merger of the Headington and Cowley St John clubs in 1994. He was a long standing player for Headington and had captained them to 3 Cherwell League titles in 1974, 1977, and 1981. He became Chairman of Oxford CC at its inception and in 2010 was elected President.

Simon was instrumental in the formation of the Cherwell League in 1974 and was its Chairman for over 20 years. He then initiated the merger with the Trinity League, a move that has seen the number of teams rise from the initial 8 to the current total of around 100.  He was appointed Treasurer of the Oxfordshire County Cricket Club (OCCC) in 1974, another position he was also to hold for 20 years. At this point he facilitated the merger of the OCCC with the Oxfordshire County Cricket Association (OCCA) to form the Oxfordshire Cricket Board (OCB), the organisation that oversees all cricket in the county today.  He was Chairman of the OCB from 1996-2006 and then remained involved through chairing the Cricket committee until 2010.

Throughout this period Simon was also managing cricket in The University Parks in his role as Oxford University Cricket Club Senior Treasurer and latterly Chairman. He would generally be in the pavilion on match days, ensuring all ran smoothly and entertaining officials and guests. He was also Secretary of the Oxford University Authentics from 1973-2013.

Simon was also a notable cricketer. He won a blue at Oxford in 1973 and played 127 matches for the county side from 1971-88.  His total of 355 wickets places him seventh on the list of all time wicket-takers for Oxfordshire and he was a useful batsman too, scoring 1840 runs for the county with a top score of 76 against Wiltshire at Devizes in 1981. His style as an off spinner was different to that of his contemporary Rupert Evans, bowling a flatter delivery with slightly more pace. His best performance for Oxfordshire was 7-38 against Buckinghamshire at Christ Church in 1977. He was part of Oxfordshire championship winning sides in 1974 and 1982 and was selected to tour Keyna with the Minor Counties in 1982. More recently he had the honour of being elected the Minor Counties President from 2009-11 and he was also a member of the MCC.

Simon’s club cricket was for Headington United who he captained from 1973-85, leading them to the Cherwell League title in 1974, 1977, and 1981 and to success in the national indoor competition in 1977. He also captained the OCCA representative team and led them to the national title in 1979. His cricketing prowess has passed on to his daughters Genevieve and Eloise, both of whom have played for the Oxfordshire Women’s team. His wife Rosalyn also remains a great supporter of cricket within the county.

Born in Oxford in 1950, the only child of George and Cecile Porter, Simon was exceptionally bright and having attended Littlemore Grammar School (now the Oxford Academy) he won a place to Oxford University aged only 16. This achievement was such that it was reported in the national press. He secured a first class honours degree in Engineering before going on to complete a doctorate by age 22. In 1977 he became Bursar at St Cross College and later moved to a similar position at Nuffield College. He retired from this job aged only 46 and subsequently devoted his time to his coin business alongside all his many cricketing roles. In recent years health issues took their toll and his last public appearance was at Oxfordshire’s match against Cheshire at Banbury last August.

Although Simon had a very distinguished playing career, it is perhaps as a cricket administrator that we should best remember him. It can be argued that, with his involvement with the County, University, and League organisations over such a long period, he has been the most influential person Oxfordshire cricket has ever had. Many cricketers throughout the county should be thankful for his leadership and vision as they enjoy their cricket today.

Julian Lawton-Smith

Winter Training Times 2017

EDIT: Please note that the sessions at MCS on the 2nd April have been Cancelled.

We are delighted to announce our winter training schedule for 2017. Sessions will be on Sundays. Please take careful notice of the venue and times. Please note: we will have to make a charge of £2 per session to cover the hall hire cost. As usual the first session is free for new players.

Please note that the sessions on 2 April will no longer be taking place, as the hall is being packed up early.

Youth Training

Boys 7-11 and Girls 7-13 – All Sessions 5.00 pm to 6.00pm at Magdalen College School, Cowley Place, Oxford, OX4 1DZ
Jan – 29
Feb – 5, 12, 19, 26
Mar – 5, 12, 19, 26
Apr – 2

Boys 12-15 – All Sessions 6.00 pm to 7.00pm at The Oxford Academy, Sandy Lane West, Littlemore, Oxford, OX4 6JZ
Feb – 26
Mar – 5, 12, 19, 26
Apr – 2

N.B. Please note the venue for 12-15 Boys training.

Senior Cricket

Women & Girls U13 and over – All Sessions 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm at Magdalen College School, Cowley Place, Oxford, OX4 1DZ

Jan – 29 (This will be followed by an ice cream social at G&D’s on Cowley Road!)
Feb – 5, 12, 19, 26
Mar – 5, 12, 19, 26
Apr – 2

Men and Boys over 15 – All Sessions 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm at Magdalen College School, Cowley Place, Oxford, OX4 1DZ

Jan – 29
Feb – 5, 12, 19, 26
Mar – 5, 12, 19, 26
Apr – 2

Appointment of Arthur Muir as Head Youth Coach

Dear Members,

As you are all aware, the club signed a long term lease agreement with Oxford University Press in April 2016 and relocated to OUP Sports Ground at Jordan Hill.  Since moving to the new ground in North Oxford and changing our youth coaching sessions to Fridays evenings we have gained a number of new junior members from the new catchment area.

To build on this successful ground move, our next objective was to appoint a Head Youth Coach to improve our youth coaching programme. I am now pleased to announce that The Oxford CC committee have appointed Arthur Muir as Head Youth Coach.  In the words of Newcastle United football supporters, Arthur “is one of our own”; he’s a product of our youth section. Arthur has played for the club at all youth age groups and for all senior teams, prior to taking on the captaincy of the 3rd XI last season.

Arthur is an ECB Level 2 Coach who has a degree in Coaching & Sports Development. He has been one of our club coaches for the past two years and has also gained experience coaching county development squads and through coaching in schools.

 The Head Youth Coach role is crucial to the continued growth and development of Oxford CC Youth Section.  Arthur will be the lead contact person for all youth cricket matters and he will be responsible for all youth cricket development activities, and coaching activities within the club. He will also ensure the club continues to operate to ECB Clubmark minimum quality standards.

Following his appointment, Arthur Muir said, “Having been through the Oxford CC youth section from the age of 7, I am excited to have this opportunity to use my experiences to continue improving and building the youth section.

This Friday night sessions at Jordan Hill during the summer was a huge success, I was thrilled to see the amount of fun that kids, coaches and parents were having on these evenings. A massive thank you to the many volunteers who worked hard during the summer and over the past few years to keep the youth section going, without these volunteers the youth section would not function.

My first job will be to set up a youth committee, which will have regular meetings before and throughout the season. This committee will be responsible for shaping and implementing our youth development programme. With this in mind, if there is anyone who would like to be involved please get in touch with me at (oxfordcricketclub+youth@gmail.com). I will also be looking for volunteers to help with registration on a Fridays, running the BBQ and managing one of the teams.

I am looking forward to continuing building on this season’s excellent start”.

 I am confident that Arthur will use his coaching experience and passion for the club to improve and expand the youth section and help the club achieve its youth development objectives. Hopefully you will join me in congratulating Arthur on his appointment; let us all support him to continue developing Oxford CC youth cricketers.


Rupert Evans

Chairma, Oxford Cricket Club

Memberships – Overdue!

Memberships for 2016 are now overdue. For 2016, Oxford CC memberships are being administered via ClubPay, which allows our members to pay for their membership with a credit or debit card. We want as many of our members to pay using ClubPay as possible.

A full list of the options available is on our ClubPay webshop. We recommend that you create an account with ClubPay as we plan to use the site for other events (e.g. the club dinner) and in the future.

Up to 3 youth members may be registered for the 2016 season at the same time using the ClubPay form.

Should you wish to pay in installments or are unable to pay via debit or credit card, then please use the forms found here and return them to our membership secretary, Richard Musk via oxfordcricketclub+membership@gmail.com.

2016 Outdoor Youth Training

Oxford Cricket Club are pleased to announce their youth training programme for the summer of 2016.

2016 sees the club move to a new home at Jordan Hill Sports Ground, OX2 8EF. We have an established youth section with several ECB qualified Level 2 (male & female, plus two Level 3 coaches. We also give youth players aged 14 plus opportunity to play senior men’s Cherwell League, Midlands Women League, or OCB Women’s Mid-Week League cricket – we aim to have a clear pathway to senior cricket, which itself allows for development through to an extremely high standard.

Our youth programme for 2016 has been predominantly moved to Friday nights – with training sessions for U9, U11 and U13 age groups taking place; we provide cricket from the age of seven. Training for the U15 and U17 age groups takes place concurrently with senior training.

Youth membership for the year is £60. This includes social membership for parents; any siblings are £30 and a discount is available for parents who are full members of the club. New members are more than welcome to come to one or two sessions before committing. We administer our membership through ClubPay – allowing our members to pay with a debit or credit card. Should this cause any issues then please get in touch.

We require you to fill out the following form before your child can begin their first with us – https://oxfordcricketclub.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/occ-youth-membership-form-2016.docx – if you could come to your first session with this filled out that would save us a lot of time.

The first training session of the summer begins at 6pm on Friday 6th May – we will be there for registration from 5.45pm. We envisage that the session will continue until around 7pm given the light conditions currently.

We ask that a parent or guardian stays for the duration of all sessions for children aged 8 or under. Boys above the age of 10 will be using a hard ball and require a protective box for when they are batting.

In addition to providing youth coaching and matches, we also run summer holiday coaching camps during July and August, details of which are being finalised as we speak.