OCC Women v MCC Women

Friday 23rd July 2021 saw a great day of cricket with OCC Women (Captained by Ridhi Kashyap) taking on MCC Women (Captained by Claire “Tails” Taylor) at Jordan Hill.

MCC won the toss and batted first declaring on 239 for 4 with a fine 103 not out from Mia Rogers and 53 from Tilly Mason. For OCC, Charlotte Hayes took 3 wickets.

OCC replied with 173 for 4 at close of play thanks to 48 not out from Meg Jones with valuable contributions from Numa Shah (28), Ellie Porter (27) and Izzy Kirby (35*).

Meg was the first recipient of the Mike Nurton Trophy which is awarded to the highest scoring OCC batter. Mike Nurton played extensively for Oxfordshire and has always been supportive of the development of Womens cricket.

Our thanks to Clive Jones for the photographs of the teams in action.

OCC Women v MCC Women – July 23rd

Oxford Cricket Club invite you to  a Celebration of Womens Cricket

At OUP Sports Ground, Jordan Hill, OX2 8EF

Friday July 23rd July 2021

Oxford CC Women v MCC Women

Play starts at 11am and finishes at 6pm (when Youth training starts).

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.

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Oxford Men’s 3rd and 4th XI Report

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.

Oxford 4s

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.

Tips for Parents and Youth Player’s from OCC’s Director of Women’s Cricket, Rosalyn Porter

I was recently interviewed with my daughter Ellie – mother and daughter involved in cricket. Ellie is Women’s Captain at Hampstead Cricket Club, London. From that interview came the following:

Rosalyn’s 5 top 5 tips – for Parents and youth players.

1. Keep all finger nails and toe nails short. A ball on the end of a finger nail can be a nasty injury and keep you out for a couple of weeks.

2. Always check your helmet before each game – is the grill in the correct place? are the screws nice and tight.

3. Be proud of your bruises. Ellie still always sends me a picture of her first notable bruise of the season.

4. And for when your young cricketer moves on to the longer format of the game:

Does your young cricketer know how to leave and return to the field of play during the middle of a match? Inform your Captain, Inform the Umpire and go off at the end of an over. To return – signal to the umpire that you are coming back on – do this at the end of an over.

Make sure your Captain knows you are back on. You cannot come on to bowl for the number of overs that you were off. So if you were off for 2 overs then you cannot bowl until 2 overs after you have returned to the field of play.

5. And the most important one: DO NOT OVERPLAY. Young cricketers have fragile bodies especially when going through the ‘growth spurt’. Bowling is an unnatural movement – any injury that develops can last a lifetime, be very careful.

Consider the total amount of overs/time your young cricketer is bowling – at school, at Club, with friends, in the garden. Are they getting enough rest? I would like all young cricketer to be playing cricket all through their lifetime.

Oxford Cricket Club – Girls U13’s

The girls have started the season tremendously, building on their formation as a team from last summer. They have made the last 32 of the National Lady Taverners’ T20 competition, having beaten two sides from Gloucestershire which included several county players each. The next round is played on Sunday 13th June against a team from Solihull. 

The girls also play in the predominantly male U13 County pairs competition. After one game they have a 100% winning record – with hopefully more to come. 

The signature of this squad of girls though is how supportive they all are of each other. It doesn’t matter who is playing they are constantly cheering each other on and celebrating every individual success as the team they are. This very much starts from, and is encouraged, at Friday night training led by Katie with assistance from Chris, Numa and Rosalyn.

Whilst are large squad is attracting players all the time, we are always keen for more! In fact any girls that are keen to play should come down to training on a Friday night and get a taste of how it’s all done. Or email info@oxfordcricketclub.com for more details.

NOW RECRUITING PLAYERS!!!

Send us your details at oxfordcricketclub+joinus@gmail.com

We are actively recruiting players of all ages and abilities. From the men’s 1st XI (Home Counties Premier League) to ‘All Star Cricket’ (ages 5+, Friday Nights) we are looking for new members to join Oxford CC.

Here at Oxford CC we boast a lovely HQ in leafy North Oxford (Jordan Hill Sports Ground, shared with Oxford University Press), easily accessible from all parts of Oxfordshire. We can offer all standards of cricket (Women’s, Men’s & Youth Teams) and we require new members today!

Many team sports have suffered lower numbers of participants as a result of (also including prior trends toward individual pursuits) the Covid-19 pandemic, and 2021 appears to be the year where these sports need to lure new talent to the fold! For the beautiful game of cricket to flourish on our green pastures, in a post-pandemic world, we must all come together and get behind the sport we know and love.

Here at Oxford CC we have placed much importance on the development of Youth Cricket over the past 3 years, an area we were sorely lacking in before. Upon appointing Arthur Muir as Director of Youth Cricket, we have seen an incredible rise in participation numbers on our famous Friday night sessions, and hopefully the fruits of his labours will bear in the not-too-distant future. We also launched a Girls XI for the first time in 2020, something we look to repeat, in order to create and maintain a gateway for the younger girls, into the women’s game.

With this part of our house now in good order, we must also look to overhauling and improving the framework and community of our adult section. We can see the problems so many clubs, nationwide, are facing, with more teams seemingly folding each season within Men’s (the Women’s game is on a more positive trajectory it seems, thankfully) ‘League Cricket’.

Our unique selling point must be the variety of on-the-field standards we can offer. A Men’s 1st XI in the highest possible division of club cricket, going down to a 4th XI mixing youth, experience, wide-eyed optimism, and veteran guile! Oxford is a transient city, we have seen more different faces and personalities than any other club in Cherwell League history (the home of the 2nd, 3rd & 4th XI’s)- many ‘Town’ alongside many ‘Gown’ in perfect harmony.

Despite the hustle & bustle of the comings and goings of a city club, we also have an established core of men’s & women’s players, who have been with the club through thick and thin, none more so than Oxfordshire cricket royalty, Rupert Evans. Rupert is still Director of Men’s Cricket, Head Coach and the beating heart of our club. The opportunity to bend Rupe’s ear at nets (finger spinners in particular!) is worth your club subscription fee alone. Rosalyn Porter, Director of Women’s & Girls Cricket, is also a valuable member of the team, putting her passion and varied skill-set to good use. The development of Women’s cricket at OCC has been the real success story of the past 5 years.

As we enter this exciting new dawn, the Covid vaccine will hopefully bring our daily lives this summer back to something approaching normal. We have been instructed by the leagues that we have entered to prepare for a full summer of cricket. This is of course subject to many parameters beyond our control, but we do so full of hope and optimism.

We welcome enquiries from all standards, ages and genders. However steadfast or tentative, please feel free to touch base at oxfordcricketclub+joinus@gmail.com

Adam Hall

Oxford CC