2021 Senior Awards


Congratulations to our 2021 Senior Award Winners.

The awards were presented online by Club President, Andrew Moss after the AGM . Before the 2022 season starts we will be arranging a club social at Jordan Hill where we can present the awards in person to the worthy winners.

The awards winners were:

Men’s 1st XI

Player of the Season – Muhammad Ayub

Player’s Player – George Tait

Men’s 2nd XI

Player of the Season – Adam Hamid

Player’s Player – Chris Mingard

Men’s 3rd XI

Player of the Season – Muhammad Saqib

Player’s Player – Louis Prestedge

Men’s 4th XI

Player of the Season – Meg Jones

Player’s Player – Max Baldock

Women’s 1st XI

Player of the Season – Izzy Kirby

Player’s Player – Laura Jacob

Women’s 2nd XI

Player of the Season – Lucy Upcroft

Player’s Player – Ridhi Kashyap

OCC partners with the Swan School

Oxford Cricket Club and The Swan School are pleased to announce a new partnership aimed at encouraging more girls and boys to experience and enjoy the game.

The Swan School in Marston is the first new secondary school in Oxford for nearly 60 years and has already built an enviable reputation for encouraging every child to reach their full potential.

Key to the partnership is OCC’s commitment to provide discounts to Swan students new to cricket for club membership, match fees and holiday cricket camps. 

In addition, the club will run some free extra-curricular coaching sessions at the school.

PE Teacher, Luke Quarterman said, “We are excited to be joining forces with Oxford Cricket Club. We are keen that as many of our students as possible get a chance to experience cricket. Removing some of the barriers of entry to the sport that this partnership will help to achieve is a great start.”

Arthur Muir, OCC Director of Youth Cricket, added, “We have been looking at ways we can get more girls and boys involved in the game for some time and especially students from state schools. I was such a student and if we’d had a partnership like this back then it would have encouraged plenty more cricketers from my school. Being able to help kids from the local community try and then hopefully continue in the game for years to come is something we are pleased to support.”

Further information about The Swan School and the partnership can also be found here.

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!