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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.