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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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
On Tuesday June 18th 2019 we will be hosting a Girls U11 Softball Festival at Jordan Hill!
Come to our indoor cricket sessions for girls aged 9–13, every Saturday in March.
Cricket sessions for girls aged 9–13 (school years 5–8).
- It may be possible to include girls outside this age range depending upon experience and numbers – please contact Rosalyn Porter for advice.
Every Saturday in March, 4:00pm – 5:15pm.
- March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th.
All sessions will emphasise having fun and learning about the game and the skills involved, including batting, bowling and fielding.
- Soft balls will be used (rather than cricket balls).
- The first session attended is free. Subsequent sessions are £2.50 each.
- Sessions will be run by ECB Level 2 qualified coaches from Oxford Cricket Club.
- Players who enjoy the sessions and want to play more will be given details of Oxford Cricket Club training and will have opportunities to play games in the summer.
Sports Hall, Headington School, OX3 7TT (entrance is via Headley Way)
- Car parking is by the astroturf pitch – from the Headley Way entrance, drive round to the left, along the front of the school and the astroturf will be directly in front of you.
- To get to the sports hall, walk along the side of the astroturf, away from the main school buildings towards the sports complex until you get to the patio outside the swimming pool – take the door on the right, behind the toilets.
- Bicycle parking is outside the swimming pool.
Oxford Cricket Club are delighted to announce that their annual golf day will return in 2019 after a year’s hiatus, The golf day will take place on Friday 1st March 2019 at North Oxford Golf club (adjacent to Jordan Hill Sports Ground).
If you, or anyone else would like to enter a team of four for the day please contact Jamie Perkin (email@example.com) and he will happily provide details of the day and help you book your place.
The club have again secured time at Magdalen College School for winter nets.
February 3rd, 10th, 17th (NB not the 24th)
March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th 31st
Youth training will be from 5pm to 6 pm
Senior Women’s Training will be from 6 pm to 7.30 pm
Senior Men’s Training will be from 7.30 pm to 9 pm
The club hope to secure further time for youth training and will be in touch with more details as to the breakdown of youth sessions as soon as we have more details.
The Oxford CC Committee hereby attach the documentation for the 2019 Annual General Meeting, which will take place on Sunday 27th January at Jordan Hill Sports Ground, starting at 7 pm.
Once again the committee would like to emphasise that the club requires more help from its membership to allow it to function. Of principal significance is the loss of the club secretary; this role has been split into a number of smaller roles and we wish to have a number of people to make it both more manageable and more sustainable going forward.