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

Outdoor Training

Indoor training is now finished for 2016 and this week the club will be making a move outside. As the club is still finalising the move from the old facilities at Roman Way to the new ground at Jordan Hill, training over the next three weeks will be at various locations.

Senior Men’s Training Update

Thursday April 14th – Roman Way – 6.00pm onwards

Thursday April 21st – Roman Way – 6.00pm onwards

Thursday April 28th – TBC – 6.00pm onwards

Youth Training Update

Youth training (Under 9 – Under 13) will be held on Friday evenings at Jordan Hill. The first outdoor session will be on Friday 6th of May at 5.45pm.

Under 15 boys will be held on Thursday evenings from 6.00pm, starting from Thursday May 5th

Under 15 girls will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6.00pm, starting Tuesday May 3rd

Each Friday there will be a club BBQ running and the members facilities, including bar will be open to purchase food and beverages.

Women’s Training Update

Thursday, April 14th – Oxford Downs CC – 6.00pm-7.30pm

Monday, April 18th – Tiddington CC – 6.00pm-7.30pm

2016 Oxford CC AGM

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The following was sent out to all members with the agenda and 2015 AGM minutes. If you have not received the e-mail then please get in touch with the club secretary.

I hereby give notice that the 2016 Annual General Meeting for Oxford Cricket Club shall take place on the 31st January 2016 at Oxford University Press Sports Ground, Jordan Hill Road, Oxford, OX2 8EF. The meeting shall commence at 19.30. It is important that as many club members as possible attend from all sections of the club.

I look forward to seeing you all on the 31st.

Many thanks

Gareth Langley
Secretary, Oxford Cricket Club

Oxford CC Make Three Additions to Kick-Start 2016

Oxford CC are pleased to announce the signing of Harry Stephens, George Munsey and Owyn Tong-Jones for the 2016 season. These players will be great addition to Oxford CC men’s squad and provide Oxford a boost as they begin their preparations for their Home Counties Premier League Division 2 promotion push.

StephensHarry Stephens (21) has spent the past two seasons playing for the Unicorns in the Second XI Trophy and T20 competitions. He has played 22 matches for the Unicorns and has impressed, particularly last summer averaging 59.66 and 19.27 with bat and ball respectively in 6 Trophy matches.

Oxford chairman Rupert Evans is delighted with the signing and is pleased to welcome Harry to the club; “Harry is one of the best players in Home Counties Premier League Cricket; he will be a great addition to Oxford CC squad. He will give Oxford a boost for their Home Counties Premier League Division 2 promotion campaign.”

Stephens is a genuine all-rounder – an explosive opening/top order batsman and wicket-taking off-spin bowler. He has also excelled for Berkshire in Minor Counties cricket dating back to his debut in 2013. He boasts a highest score of 153 and last season scored 434 runs at 36.16 in the Unicorns Championship.

Stephens has previously represented Surrey through the age-groups and, between 2010 and 2012 featured in 19 2nd XI games for the County. The all-rounder also played a solitary Championship match for Northamptonshire against Hampshire in May 2013.

At club level, he has spent the past few years in the Home Counties Premier League for Finchampstead (2014) and Datchet (2015), following stints in the Surrey Championship for Guildford (2010-12) and Camberley (2013). His personal highlight in league cricket to date is his magnificent 134-ball 147 (14x4s, 7x6s) against Camberley back in 2012. Chasing 371 for victory, Stephens, having taken 3-wickets in the first innings, blasted Guildford to 261-2 before his dismissal.

 MunseyGeorge Munsey (22), meanwhile, is a quality left handed top order batter and right arm seamer who currently plays white ball cricket for Scotland. He was selected to represent Scotland for their T20 tour of Ireland in June 2015 and the 2015 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in July 2015, including a top score of 62* off 36 balls to guide Scotland to victory against the United Arab Emirates. In addition, he played for Northamptonshire against the touring Australians in August 2015.

Munsey was born in Oxford and played for Cumnor CC before moving to Scotland. Prior to joining Oxford CC, George has represented Scotland, Grange CC, Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire 2nd XI, Nottinghamshire 2nd XI and the Scotland Development XI.

Tong-JonesOwyn Tong-Jones (17) is right handed attacking top order batsman who was recommended to the club by Chad Keegan, his former cricket coach at Oratory School.

For the last two seasons he has played for Goring CC 1st XI in Division 1 of the Wintech Berkshire Cricket League (BCL). During 2015, he scored over 1,000 runs in all fixtures for Goring CC with an average of 59.2 including eight 50s & two 100s. In only his second appearance as a guest for Free Foresters CC in 2015 against Amersham CC 1st XI, Owyn made 113.

Currently in the Upper VI Form at The Oratory School completing his A-levels, Owyn has been a regular member of the School’s Cricket 1st XI, hitting three 50s with a highest score of 95.

The BCL recognised his performances with their Young Player “Advance Criteria” award in 2014. In addition, Owyn was named Goring Cricket Club’s Joint Young Player of the Year in 2013 and Senior Batsman of the Year for Goring Cricket Club in both 2014 and 2015.

Winter Nets

oxcc_blue_goldAfter the fire at MCS last summer, we are unable to use the MCS hall as we have in previous seasons. Rupert and JB have worked hard to find an alternative venue and we have therefore been able to secure the following dates for winter training at The Oxford Academy (Sandy Lane West, Oxford OX4 6JZ). Please put these dates in your diary.

Senior Training

Sat 13th Feb 2pm – 4pm (Womens)

Sun 14th Feb 3pm – 5pm (Mens)

Sat 20th Feb 2pm – 4pm (Womens)

Sun 21st Feb 3pm – 5pm (Mens)

Sat 26th March 2pm – 4pm (Womens)

Sun 27th March 3pm – 5pm (Mens)

Sat 2nd April 1pm – 5pm (Mens and Womens)

Sat 9th April 1pm – 4pm (Mens and Womens)

 

Youth Training

Sat 13th Feb – 16.00-18.00 (U10-11)

Sun 14th Feb – 9.00-11.00 (U11 Girls academy session) 11.00-12.00 (U9’s) 12.00-14.00 (U13-U15’s)

Sat 20th Feb – 16.00-18.00 (U10-11)

Sat 21st Feb – 9.00-11.00  (U11 Girls academy session) 11.00-12.00 (U9’s) 12.00-14.00 (U13-U15’s)

Sat 2nd Apr – 17.00-19.00 (U10-U11)

Sat 9th Apr –  16.00-17.00 (U9) 17-19.00 (U13-U15)

U17s are invited to train with the Senior squads.