CRICKET: Oxfordshire calamity in thumping loss

thisisoxfordshire: Oxfordshire’s Francois Vainker is bowled for ten by Cheshire’s Jack Williams during the first innings Oxfordshire’s Francois Vainker is bowled for ten by Cheshire’s Jack Williams during the first innings

Minor Counties Championship

Oxfordshire were shot out for 54 in their second innings to crash to a 135-run defeat against Cheshire in their Western Division opener at Great & Little Tew.

Resuming on 105-5 in reply to Cheshire’s first innings 233, Oxon battled their way to 239 for a six-run lead.

They then bowled Cheshire out for 195 second-time around with skipper Luke Ryan taking 5-73 to complete a ten-wicket haul in the match, while fellow left-arm spinner Francois Vainker picked up 4-73.

That left Oxfordshire needing 190 for victory, but they were blown away by paceman Adam Syddall (6-23) and left-arm spinner Dan Woods (4-31) inside 19 overs.

Their paltry second-innings total wasn’t the county’s lowest as it surpassed the 33 Oxon succumbed for against Bucks at High Wycombe in 1925.

The procession began with Michael Beard being caught off Syddall’s third ball by Danny Cranmer at second slip.

And Oxon were 0-2 when Woods had Damian Shirazi caught at first slip by Rick Moore.

David Smith hit Woods to Jack Williams at mid-off, before Robbie Eason was adjudged lbw for the second time in the game, this time to Syddall.

Seventeen-year-old Curtly Slatter’s miserable debut was completed with a pair, bowled first ball by the rampant Syddall to leave Oxon 16-5.

Ryan was trapped lbw by Woods, while Cater fell to a catch at mid off by Williams off Syddall, who then had Penhale caught by Jonny Kettle – the second Oxon player to pick up a pair.

Vainker fell lbw to Woods, and Matt Woods became Syddall’s sixth victim, with Chris Tipper taking the catch, as the match finished inside two days at 6.50pm. Earlier, Ryan had been the first of 25 wickets to fall in the day, failing to add to his overnight 12 before being caught by Moore in the slips of off-spinner Williams.

Vainker and Penhale also perished to Williams, who finished with 6-80, and Oxon were in the mire at 129-8.

But Geeson-Brown put on 50 for the ninth wicket with Cater, who was caught at deep mid-wicket by Khalid Sawas off Woods for 61 off 101 balls, with eight fours and two sixes.

Woods joined Geeson-Brown (30no) in the fightback with a run a ball 40, before he was caught and bowled by Woods (4-35), with the pair putting on 60 runs for the last wicket.

With the pitch increasingly taking turn, Oxon’s opening attack featured the rare sight of two left-arm spinners in tandem as Ryan and Vainker laid the challenge down to the Cheshire batsmen.

However, it was third change seamer Geeson-Brown, who made the breakthrough when he had Kettle caught by Shirazi at point with the score on 58.

But from then on the spinners dominated. Vainker had Moore caught by Eason in the slips and Ryan trapped Warren Goodwin lbw.

Oxfordshire’s captain then bowled Tipper for 78 to make it 141-4, before catching Sawas off Vainker without any additiion to the score.

Vainker then knocked back Scott Kirwin’s stumps, and Ryan did likewise with Cranmer.

With Ryan winning lbw decisions against Williams and Dan Berry, and Vainker claiming Syddall’s wicket in similar fashion the innings was all over.

But then Oxon collapsed in dramatic fashion.

Scores: Cheshire 233 & 195 (C Tipper 78, L Ryan 5-73), Oxfordshire 239 (J Cater 61, J Williams 6-80) & 54 (A Syddall 6-23). Cheshire won by 135 runs.

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8:31am Wed 12 Jun 13

Big Lump says...

What on earth is happening?
What on earth is happening? Big Lump
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8:39am Wed 12 Jun 13

Fringe says...

Big Lump wrote:
What on earth is happening?
Well, the selectors picked some Cherwell players and local youngsters as has been called for by many ill informed commentators on this site.
Simples.
[quote][p][bold]Big Lump[/bold] wrote: What on earth is happening?[/p][/quote]Well, the selectors picked some Cherwell players and local youngsters as has been called for by many ill informed commentators on this site. Simples. Fringe
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8:46am Wed 12 Jun 13

Big Lump says...

Just not good enough! All this does is devalue the legacy of all the great cricketers that have represented our county in the past.
Just not good enough! All this does is devalue the legacy of all the great cricketers that have represented our county in the past. Big Lump
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8:54am Wed 12 Jun 13

WHACKIT says...

This is why home counties players are being picked to play. The difference in standard is massive. You don't see many division 3 players playing minor counties because it isn't realistic. Having 4 or 5 men around the bat is something you don't get in the lower divisions. I think this whole event has shown that the players you guys think are good enough simply are not.
This is why home counties players are being picked to play. The difference in standard is massive. You don't see many division 3 players playing minor counties because it isn't realistic. Having 4 or 5 men around the bat is something you don't get in the lower divisions. I think this whole event has shown that the players you guys think are good enough simply are not. WHACKIT
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9:04am Wed 12 Jun 13

Big Lump says...

WHACKIT is right. Lets now get back to supporting the selectors in selecting the right players. It has now been proven they actually do know a lot more that some of the fools that have been questioning them over the past few years.
Let's have a side we can be proud of rather than one made up of below average players that completely devalues what representing our county is about.
WHACKIT is right. Lets now get back to supporting the selectors in selecting the right players. It has now been proven they actually do know a lot more that some of the fools that have been questioning them over the past few years. Let's have a side we can be proud of rather than one made up of below average players that completely devalues what representing our county is about. Big Lump
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9:07am Wed 12 Jun 13

Big Lump says...

Sorry, forgot to say that the bowling actually doesn't look too bad & with the addition of Keegan it would be even better. However, the batting. Well!!!!!
Sorry, forgot to say that the bowling actually doesn't look too bad & with the addition of Keegan it would be even better. However, the batting. Well!!!!! Big Lump
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9:21am Wed 12 Jun 13

WHACKIT says...

By the looks of it the bowlers done their job. Very pleased for Woods, and even Penhale who looked to have bowled their socks off in the first innings. But i will say it again you have had to be a proven home counties premier league player to play at this standard. Very difficult, but being blunt about these things is the way forward
By the looks of it the bowlers done their job. Very pleased for Woods, and even Penhale who looked to have bowled their socks off in the first innings. But i will say it again you have had to be a proven home counties premier league player to play at this standard. Very difficult, but being blunt about these things is the way forward WHACKIT
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9:25am Wed 12 Jun 13

Big Lump says...

I have never been anywhere good enough to be considered but at least I admit it.
Batsman need to 1) la with their bat 2) Play straight 3) have some idea!!!!!!!!!!!
I have never been anywhere good enough to be considered but at least I admit it. Batsman need to 1) la with their bat 2) Play straight 3) have some idea!!!!!!!!!!! Big Lump
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9:29am Wed 12 Jun 13

Fringe says...

Also, the tail end bowlers got us out of a terrible mess in the 1st innings when the batsmen did zilch. We even had a lead!
The spinners then got Cheshire out for less than 200 in the 2nd innings, the game was for taking. But again the batting was dismal.
Also, the tail end bowlers got us out of a terrible mess in the 1st innings when the batsmen did zilch. We even had a lead! The spinners then got Cheshire out for less than 200 in the 2nd innings, the game was for taking. But again the batting was dismal. Fringe
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10:00am Wed 12 Jun 13

One Dart Needed says...

This is all far too sensible!

But I agree, I know it is only one game but the gap between Cherwell and the Home Counties prem is massive, and the people who have not played at that standard don't realise the gap.

Whack it!!
This is all far too sensible! But I agree, I know it is only one game but the gap between Cherwell and the Home Counties prem is massive, and the people who have not played at that standard don't realise the gap. Whack it!! One Dart Needed
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10:07am Wed 12 Jun 13

Big Lump says...

Where are all the idiots that have been promoting a change in selection? Have they realised they actually don't know what they are talking about.
Where are all the idiots that have been promoting a change in selection? Have they realised they actually don't know what they are talking about. Big Lump
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11:15am Wed 12 Jun 13

WHACKIT says...

I think however it has been a great learning experience for the selectors to see these young players come in. Some are ready, some are not simple as that. Playing the longer format will help when in the HCPL. Players will come back and results will improve as a result.
I think however it has been a great learning experience for the selectors to see these young players come in. Some are ready, some are not simple as that. Playing the longer format will help when in the HCPL. Players will come back and results will improve as a result. WHACKIT
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11:25am Wed 12 Jun 13

sthoxon says...

Plenty of talent in the Cherwell but it's a different type of cricket.

Believing that comments on here have any sway on selection - or anything at all for that matter - is delusional.
Plenty of talent in the Cherwell but it's a different type of cricket. Believing that comments on here have any sway on selection - or anything at all for that matter - is delusional. sthoxon
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11:35am Wed 12 Jun 13

Sunday Offie! says...

until oxfordshire start financially supporting players for taking time off work etc this sort if thing will always happen.
and picking Robbie Eason, i mean, c'mon!!
until oxfordshire start financially supporting players for taking time off work etc this sort if thing will always happen. and picking Robbie Eason, i mean, c'mon!! Sunday Offie!
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12:12pm Wed 12 Jun 13

Now hear this says...

Big Lump and Whackit hindsight is an exact science! you appear to be in the lets pay players to get a better team, rather than them caring about the county, you'll be wanting to bring back Charlie Knightly next! In my opinion Smith(plays in Kent, never done anything) Geeson Brown, need replacing and probably Eason, bring in two batters one bowler. give the rest a chance memory a bit fuzzy now but alot of pros have failed in thier first games and gone on to do well, so lets give them a chance.
Big Lump and Whackit hindsight is an exact science! you appear to be in the lets pay players to get a better team, rather than them caring about the county, you'll be wanting to bring back Charlie Knightly next! In my opinion Smith(plays in Kent, never done anything) Geeson Brown, need replacing and probably Eason, bring in two batters one bowler. give the rest a chance memory a bit fuzzy now but alot of pros have failed in thier first games and gone on to do well, so lets give them a chance. Now hear this
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2:15pm Wed 12 Jun 13

Big Lump says...

No, I am not promoting the paying of players at all. What I am trying to say is that the top 15 players are good enough but after that Oxon have a fairly bare cupboard.
Sunday Offie, who would pay these players? I know the county made £11K last year (but most games were cancelled due to the weather) but they lost many thousands in the previous two years.
No, I am not promoting the paying of players at all. What I am trying to say is that the top 15 players are good enough but after that Oxon have a fairly bare cupboard. Sunday Offie, who would pay these players? I know the county made £11K last year (but most games were cancelled due to the weather) but they lost many thousands in the previous two years. Big Lump
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2:54pm Wed 12 Jun 13

Steps TDCR says...

Good to see Sunday Offie up for a bit of banter, make sure you don't break a finger tapping on your keyboard. Robbie Eason and Karl Penhale have both played Home Counties and Penhale in the Premier league. The only way to get better is to play more often for the County, if they are amongst the best local players then let them play more games. One poor result does not make these guys poor players and I for one would like to see local players playing for the county that are young enough to learn and get better ( yes even you Robbie!) Yes, the gap between Prem and Cherwell is sizable but that does not mean with county coaching and playing for the county that these guys could step up given time. Then they could get paid loads by Aston Rowant who charged for parking last night for the 20 over game so I hear!
Good to see Sunday Offie up for a bit of banter, make sure you don't break a finger tapping on your keyboard. Robbie Eason and Karl Penhale have both played Home Counties and Penhale in the Premier league. The only way to get better is to play more often for the County, if they are amongst the best local players then let them play more games. One poor result does not make these guys poor players and I for one would like to see local players playing for the county that are young enough to learn and get better ( yes even you Robbie!) Yes, the gap between Prem and Cherwell is sizable but that does not mean with county coaching and playing for the county that these guys could step up given time. Then they could get paid loads by Aston Rowant who charged for parking last night for the 20 over game so I hear! Steps TDCR
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5:33pm Wed 12 Jun 13

Rob Eason says...

LBW in both innings lads, the second was horrendous.
Cheers Steps for the vote, Offie I scored more in those innings than u have all season.
On the game the spinners were top draw but neither side batted well, was a good game but there was poor shot selection in the 2nd innings but if some Fat umpire has it in for you over two days because I ate a cake off his table you know you are up against it.
LBW in both innings lads, the second was horrendous. Cheers Steps for the vote, Offie I scored more in those innings than u have all season. On the game the spinners were top draw but neither side batted well, was a good game but there was poor shot selection in the 2nd innings but if some Fat umpire has it in for you over two days because I ate a cake off his table you know you are up against it. Rob Eason
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6:33pm Wed 12 Jun 13

halfvolleysgetwickets says...

Lump, whackit and Fringe, what are you talking about as far as I can see only 1 cherwell league player is in this side. Slatter, beard, shirazi, cater, vankier, penhale, woods and geeson-brown all play home counties. Maybe your argument should be that without the brought in talent our home counties 'stars' arent as good as they think they are.
Lump, whackit and Fringe, what are you talking about as far as I can see only 1 cherwell league player is in this side. Slatter, beard, shirazi, cater, vankier, penhale, woods and geeson-brown all play home counties. Maybe your argument should be that without the brought in talent our home counties 'stars' arent as good as they think they are. halfvolleysgetwickets
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7:50pm Wed 12 Jun 13

Sunday Offie! says...

Steps I have them strapped up don't worry! I'm not saying pay fortunes for players but 25p a mile for expenses is a joke! Eason can you regrip my bat sometime or clean my spikes??
Steps I have them strapped up don't worry! I'm not saying pay fortunes for players but 25p a mile for expenses is a joke! Eason can you regrip my bat sometime or clean my spikes?? Sunday Offie!
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9:37am Thu 13 Jun 13

WHACKIT says...

Remember Hawkes, Perkin, Keegan. Kaufman, Blanchard and Sabin were all unavailable, and are all Oxon based players (Kaufman played for Oxon for many years). This side will only get better when these boys come back into the squad.
Remember Hawkes, Perkin, Keegan. Kaufman, Blanchard and Sabin were all unavailable, and are all Oxon based players (Kaufman played for Oxon for many years). This side will only get better when these boys come back into the squad. WHACKIT
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11:59pm Sun 23 Jun 13

Runsaplenty says...

All teams need to inject new players, but the best teams utilise the class players to help coach/play alongside and bring on the inexperience youngsters. Playing at this level requires different skills to league cricket and it seems Oxon have overlooked the class they had in the XI. Players are missing, but only one of the mentioned has a successful track record. Some of these youngsters will be good players, but their development will be hindered by not playing with experienced proven performers. The minor counties standard may have declined a touch in the last 20 years, but you still need the nurture young talent. With the lack of real pace at this level the skill and art of playing good spinners on club wickets is the key. This can take years to learn and hence the need to dove tail youthful potential with proven run making. All those who have sacrificed their time for Oxon on and off the pitch will be embarrassed by this batting display, but it is early season and the only way is up for this new XI or squad of young players. I hope the money brought in for bringing the average age down will be worth it.
All teams need to inject new players, but the best teams utilise the class players to help coach/play alongside and bring on the inexperience youngsters. Playing at this level requires different skills to league cricket and it seems Oxon have overlooked the class they had in the XI. Players are missing, but only one of the mentioned has a successful track record. Some of these youngsters will be good players, but their development will be hindered by not playing with experienced proven performers. The minor counties standard may have declined a touch in the last 20 years, but you still need the nurture young talent. With the lack of real pace at this level the skill and art of playing good spinners on club wickets is the key. This can take years to learn and hence the need to dove tail youthful potential with proven run making. All those who have sacrificed their time for Oxon on and off the pitch will be embarrassed by this batting display, but it is early season and the only way is up for this new XI or squad of young players. I hope the money brought in for bringing the average age down will be worth it. Runsaplenty
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