CRICKET: Skippers give new format the thumbs-up

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With five weeks gone in the Serious Cricket Home Counties Premier League, it’s all change now with the longer game taking over from the new 50-over format.

However, it appears the win-lose shorter style of match has been well received by Oxfordshire’s clubs.

Oxford captain Ian Crosby said: “I think the league have done a good thing to freshen it up, and people play positive cricket because they have got to go and win the game.

“It will be interesting how it develops into the longer format and whether people are more positive than previously.”

Crosby felt though that improvements could be made with the powerplays.

“I would like to see it going to how it is in international and Minor Counties cricket which is the first ten overs at the start, which is what we have got, but then we have a batting powerplay as well,” he added.

Banbury skipper Jimmy Phillips said: “Overall the 50-over format is something we are in favour of because it creates results where there might be draws.”

However, he felt that the Duckworth/Lewis method should be introduced for rain-affected games.

And he also made a case for there being greater consistency on rules between the various limited over competitions.

Great & Little Tew are new to the league, but captain Andy Harris said they had enjoyed playing the 50-over games.

“I think the format has really suited us because we have depth in our bowling and are a good fielding side as well,” he said.

“I favour it. If you work hard in a game and score 300 and get the other team five or six down you deserve to win.”

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