2021 Season – Men’s, Women’s and Youth

Our 1st XI finished 8th out of 10 in the HCPCL division 1, so achieved our goal of staying in the top division. Our small first team squad was stretched throughout the season due to poor availability. In addition, injuries to new seam bowlers Jimmy Mugnaioni and Hugo Whitlock meant an increased bowling workload for Richard Musk, Dylan Swanepoel, George Tait and Harvey Jupp and Elliot Mathews. The bulk of our runs were scored by Muhammad Ayub, George Tait, Rob Craze, and Barney Carey. We ended the season on a high by winning the Wilf Bennett Trophy at Wormsley.

The 2nd XI also finished 8th in their division whilst the 3rd and 4th XI were both close to competing for promotion.

The 2’s batting performances had notable contributions from Ali Shah, Steve Hurt, Azlan Sharif with Arthur Muir and Chris Mingard leading the way with the ball.

For the 3’s, Sam Mendis, Mark Sheehan, Chandru Lakshminarayanan and Ross Tomkins did especially well and Alf Symons, Arthur Baldock and Pete Cole took close to 50 wickets between them.

Max and Ed Baldock and Jim Oates, stood out with the bat for the 4th XI and Meg Jones took 10 wickets in her first season with the club.

WOMEN’S SECTION

The 1st XI came 3rd in their division and narrowly missed out on the play offs with the 2nd XI completing 12 matches in a tough group of teams.

Notable contributions came from Emily Day, Eleanor Bath, Meg Jones with the bat and Charlotte Hayes, Ellie Simpson and Laura Jacobs with the ball.

OCC is the only club in the area to have 2 women’s sides and we are pleased to be a major part of the growth of women’s cricket in Oxfordshire. If you’d like to be part of our women’s teams, please get in touch at info@oxfordcricketclub.com.

It was particularly pleasing to see an Oxford side host the Marylebone Cricket Club’s women’s side in a charity match at Jordan Hill in July. It was a pleasure to welcome the prestigious MCC  to Oxford and we hope to hold the fixture again next year.

YOUTH SECTION

Our youth section had another good season with 10 teams competing in various competitions which is the most teams entered for a few years. Many players have made appearances for the senior teams and several are playing in youth teams above their age group which bodes well for the future of the club.

Our All Stars and Dynamos programmes were a success and our thanks go to: Charlotte Hayes, Barney Carey, Arthur and Max Baldock, Adam Hamid, Louis Prestedge, Isaac Gavaghan, Samanyu Shanker and Kaylan Parakh who volunteered to help coach our budding cricketers.

Youth Cricket Update

We had another successful All Stars programme with over 70, 5 to 8 year olds taking part in the 8 week course. They even had a visit from Twinkle!

We also had over 25, 9 to 11 year olds taking part in our inaugural Dynamos programme.

U9 – Thanks to the volunteering from Chandru, Pavana, Indu and Nirmal with guidance from Arthur, the Under 9’s had a season full of matches. There were some wonderful individual performances and the players had a great time coming together as a team. Kudos to the entire team as they finished the season with only one loss, a timely reminder for the players that fielding is as important a skill as batting and bowling!

U11 – Due to the organisational skills of Manager Steve Hurt, the age group managed to enter 3 hardball teams this season with an 11 a side team and 2 pairs teams playing a total of 23 matches. The 11 a side team won their OCB league pool thanks in part to a mighty 132 runs from Dylan Parkinson and 11 wickets and 8 wickets from Joe Joyce and Fabian Hurt.

They even squeezed in a “T18 Parents vs Players” fixture where the parents managed to secure a win in the last over.

The 11 a side team are also pleased to announce that The White Bridge Clinic in Kidlington will be sponsoring them in the 2020 season.

U13 Boys – The Under 13 pairs had a great season, topping their league pool and making the semi-finals, where they lost a competitive match to Charlbury, they also played 2 thrilling matches with the girls U13 team. The team have mostly played together for a couple of years – also topping their group at U11 last year, and this experience showed in their teamwork and sportsmanship.

Most of the players will have another season of U13 next year, but until then they have joined up with the other boys U13 teams to compete in the new 35 over Oxfordshire league. This will give them some great experience as they progress towards eventually representing the OCC senior teams.

U13 Girls – The team played in the mid-week pair’s competition which consisted mainly of our U13 girls playing in the boy’s competition – with the occasional u11 boy supporting if we were short. The girls gave it a good go and it went to the final match against Banbury to decide who made the final.

Unfortunately after some great fielding and bowling there was some aggressive running and batting which meant we lost too many wickets and Banbury won a game we could have had. It was a great experience overall and showed our girls’ team is just as strong as many of the boy’s teams in the county. We will be back next year!

Women’s Cricket Update

OCC vs MCC

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. Match details can be found here.

Our thanks to RioMed for again supporting this wonderful day of cricket.

1st XI – The Women’s 1st team have had a great season so far losing only 3 matches out of 14. Notable contributions have come from Emily Day with a highest score of 62 well supported by Charlotte Hayes and Isobel Kirby with the ball.

2nd XI – In the 2’s, Captain Ridhi Kashyap has notched up 126 runs and Sana Kassey has again bowled well taking 5 wickets so far this season. Catherine Amore scored a fine 40* to secure a 6 wicket win against Cookham Dean CC.

This week we’re looking forward to welcoming some of our talented girls to the ladies development team, who have been training hard. We hope they enjoy their game and congratulations on their entry into senior cricket.

Men’s Cricket Update

1st XI – A couple of recent wins have helped the 1s in their fight in the Home Counties Premier League 1st Division. Captain, Muhammad Ayub and George Tait leads the batting stats with over 750 runs between them and Harvey Jupp is the leading bowler with 24 wickets. Adam Hall has accounted for 11 wickets with the gloves.

2nd XI – The resurgent 2’s are back in contention after a shaky start to the season.  Steve Hurt, Kasim Nawaz and Ali Shah have so far amassed well over 500 runs between them. Chris Mingard has taken 15 wickets with 2 “fifers”. We are also all looking forward to Dominic Whinfrey’s next innings!

3rd XI – The 3’s have done well again with only 3 losses in 11 matches under Captain, Mark Sheehan who recorded 67* against Charlbury in June. Alf Symons leads with the ball including a brilliant 6/15 as part of his 2 “fifers”.

4th XI – Captain, Ed Baldock continues to lead by example with both runs and wickets including matching Alf Symons 6/15 in the teams win against Bicester and North Oxford and thanks to a hatful of “not outs”, an average of 90 with the bat! Meg Jones has done superbly in her first season at OCC for both Men’s and Women’s teams and James Oates leads the 4’s batting tally with 180 runs whilst Max Baldock is close by with well over 100 runs as well as 7 dismissals behind the stumps.

Congratulations also to the T20 team who have made the finals of the Wilfred Bennett Cup. They take on Henley CC on the 18th September.

ECB Clubmark

Oxford Cricket Club is pleased to confirm that it has retained its annual ECB Clubmark status.

ECB Clubmark is an accreditation scheme for cricket clubs which shows that a club is sustainable, well run and provides the right environment for its members.

Our thanks to Rosalyn Porter, our safeguarding officer and head of women’s cricket, for leading this initiative.