CRICKET: Ryan is Oxon captain

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LUKE Ryan has become Oxfordshire’s youngest cricket captain after taking over from Ian Hawtin.

The 24-year-old Banbury left-arm spinner made his Oxon first-team debut at 17.

Ryan said: “I’ve always had aspirations to be county captain at some stage and, following Ian’s retirement, hoped I would be considered for the job,” said Ryan.

“I was pleasantly surprised, but also very honoured to be offered the captaincy.

“It was something that I accepted straight away, It’s not an opportunity I was going to let pass by.”

Ryan is head of cricket and a PE teacher at Cokethorpe School, who have allowed him time off to lead Oxfordshire.

Cokethorpe’s head master Damian Ettinger said: “I am immensely proud of Luke on his appointment as captain of Oxfordshire.

“It is always gratifying when members of the Cokethorpe community achieve such successes and with Luke both a former pupil and a current member of staff this makes his achievement all the more pleasing.


“I saw Luke’s passion for cricket grow whilst his headmaster for four years, culminating in him being awarded captain of cricket in 2006, and it is good to see that this enthusiasm and propensity for leadership has continued.''

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3:04pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Talent Scout says...

In theory I like what Oxfordshire are doing; picking a young captain and having a fresh approach unlike the last 2 appointments of Arnold and Hawtin.

My problem lies in a few areas:

Firstly why was Ryan not captain when Hawtin was injured last season? Answer; not available. I hope this will be rectified.
Secondly, his petulance when decisions don’t go his way, like he has the divine right for every LBW appeal to go his way. Something that I hope is not set as an example to young crickets around the county.
Thirdly, while his bowling is unquestionably of minor county standard , he MUST take more responsibility with the bat. If he could for fill the all rounder spot he might have got himself a first class contract, this is for me is why Jack Taylor did get a contract and Ryan didn't. Currently Ryan is a number 9 batsman.

I feel Jamie Perkin has been overlooked, he was in the Unicorn set up last year and he would have given even more of a fresh approach, as it would wrestled the power away from Banbury and maybe some players from the Cherwell would get a go.

It is a step in the right direction but we could have gone miles further.

P.S.
He will continue to pick his mate Blanchard for sure, so it is pointless mentioning his inabilities any more, but keep an eye out for his lack of performances at all levels in 2013 !!
In theory I like what Oxfordshire are doing; picking a young captain and having a fresh approach unlike the last 2 appointments of Arnold and Hawtin. My problem lies in a few areas: Firstly why was Ryan not captain when Hawtin was injured last season? Answer; not available. I hope this will be rectified. Secondly, his petulance when decisions don’t go his way, like he has the divine right for every LBW appeal to go his way. Something that I hope is not set as an example to young crickets around the county. Thirdly, while his bowling is unquestionably of minor county standard , he MUST take more responsibility with the bat. If he could for fill the all rounder spot he might have got himself a first class contract, this is for me is why Jack Taylor did get a contract and Ryan didn't. Currently Ryan is a number 9 batsman. I feel Jamie Perkin has been overlooked, he was in the Unicorn set up last year and he would have given even more of a fresh approach, as it would wrestled the power away from Banbury and maybe some players from the Cherwell would get a go. It is a step in the right direction but we could have gone miles further. P.S. He will continue to pick his mate Blanchard for sure, so it is pointless mentioning his inabilities any more, but keep an eye out for his lack of performances at all levels in 2013 !! Talent Scout

3:38pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Strauss says...

Talent Scout,
Nothing seams to please you. I must congratulate Oxon on a fantastic appointment.
I also would like to respond to your comments:
1)I am assuming that Luke's availabilty has been discussed & by what the article says his employer is very supportive.
2)So, poor old Luke isn't allowed to 'play the game' with the umpires. TS, you obviously have not played at this level to understand the gamesmanship involved. Just because he is captain should not prevent Luke to trying to get his side the edge.
3) I wasn't aware that to be a captain you have to be an all rounder. Again, another silly comment.
4) Jamie Perking has only played MC cricket for 2 years. The 1st was great, the 2nd not so great. Gie the lad the opportunity to concentrate on his own game first.

Finally, lets get behind the Oxon boys rather than being so negative.
Talent Scout, Nothing seams to please you. I must congratulate Oxon on a fantastic appointment. I also would like to respond to your comments: 1)I am assuming that Luke's availabilty has been discussed & by what the article says his employer is very supportive. 2)So, poor old Luke isn't allowed to 'play the game' with the umpires. TS, you obviously have not played at this level to understand the gamesmanship involved. Just because he is captain should not prevent Luke to trying to get his side the edge. 3) I wasn't aware that to be a captain you have to be an all rounder. Again, another silly comment. 4) Jamie Perking has only played MC cricket for 2 years. The 1st was great, the 2nd not so great. Gie the lad the opportunity to concentrate on his own game first. Finally, lets get behind the Oxon boys rather than being so negative. Strauss

1:36pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Now hear this says...

Congratulations to Luke on being given the captaincy. Let's hope the youth policy is now in full swing and we can steer away from having a team of players slightly past their best.
I fear the biggest problem he will have is being influenced by the 'old guard' as to who has can and cannot pick. Anyone who thinks the team won't be Banbury biased will be sadly disappointed. I myself would happily watch a team of young eager cricketers And here's my squad to debate!!
Ryan, Sabin, Perkin, Smith (tew) Jewell, Watling, Cater, Slatter(only saw him twice last year that boy can bat) Woods, Taylor M, keegan, Kaufman(only if we can't go to local), Hole.
Congratulations to Luke on being given the captaincy. Let's hope the youth policy is now in full swing and we can steer away from having a team of players slightly past their best. I fear the biggest problem he will have is being influenced by the 'old guard' as to who has can and cannot pick. Anyone who thinks the team won't be Banbury biased will be sadly disappointed. I myself would happily watch a team of young eager cricketers And here's my squad to debate!! Ryan, Sabin, Perkin, Smith (tew) Jewell, Watling, Cater, Slatter(only saw him twice last year that boy can bat) Woods, Taylor M, keegan, Kaufman(only if we can't go to local), Hole. Now hear this

6:06pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Flash Hard says...

Congratulations and good luck Luke.
Now Hear this .....I'm sure the Selectors ultimately, will come up with the right blend of youth and experience needed at this level to move Oxfordshire cricket forward.
I assume your'e from Tew given your "squad for debate". Given the big step up required I wouldnt really expect 4 Tew players to be involved - especially a young batsman with undouted potential but who averaged only 28 in the Cherwell last season without scoring a fifty !.
Congratulations and good luck Luke. Now Hear this .....I'm sure the Selectors ultimately, will come up with the right blend of youth and experience needed at this level to move Oxfordshire cricket forward. I assume your'e from Tew given your "squad for debate". Given the big step up required I wouldnt really expect 4 Tew players to be involved - especially a young batsman with undouted potential but who averaged only 28 in the Cherwell last season without scoring a fifty !. Flash Hard

6:16pm Mon 3 Dec 12

play in the v says...

Intresting thoughts NHT, others to consider, Rob Eason, josh megson, will watts, Liam Manley, James Phillips,
Intresting thoughts NHT, others to consider, Rob Eason, josh megson, will watts, Liam Manley, James Phillips, play in the v

7:28pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Now hear this says...

Flash Hard, south of Tew and then right a bit! thought my squad was the right balance of ability and potential and knew that putting Slatter in the squad would cause some sort of reaction. Like I said only saw him twice last year but he has the potential and should be given a chance at 6. Seen him play lots at youth level. Like I said stick with them for a year regardless of the results and it will pay dividends. Plus some people might even come and watch the county play. I think Smith and Woods scored runs and took wickets respectively, Taylor played last year. The only one I forgot who should also be in the squad is Hammond and can see play in the v's point about Eason. Lets get the kids in and give them the experience
Flash Hard, south of Tew and then right a bit! thought my squad was the right balance of ability and potential and knew that putting Slatter in the squad would cause some sort of reaction. Like I said only saw him twice last year but he has the potential and should be given a chance at 6. Seen him play lots at youth level. Like I said stick with them for a year regardless of the results and it will pay dividends. Plus some people might even come and watch the county play. I think Smith and Woods scored runs and took wickets respectively, Taylor played last year. The only one I forgot who should also be in the squad is Hammond and can see play in the v's point about Eason. Lets get the kids in and give them the experience Now hear this

8:43pm Mon 3 Dec 12

play in the v says...

After all gents, the old trophy cabinet looks a tad bare, so absolutely nothing to loose, like to say its a tough act to follow, or big shoes to fill but it ain't.
After all gents, the old trophy cabinet looks a tad bare, so absolutely nothing to loose, like to say its a tough act to follow, or big shoes to fill but it ain't. play in the v

9:31pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Meggers says...

As ever the usual mixture of informed sense and garbage,none of which has come from my mouth,yet!! I think Luke's appointment was the only option the fact that Kauf lives miles away ruled him out,Lukes only issue was availability but he has committed to all games which is great and at 24 its a great move by the board.For me commitment is the name of the game if players can only play two or 3 mc games i would go elsewhere,the new young guys all coming through will give you that commitment ,lets get rid of the i cant play next week i am 'brass rubbing' brigade.Yes it might mean the team takes one or two hits but the young talent and maybe a committed pro we could be on the verge of something fantastic.I predict within 5 years minor county champs and a lords final,but most of all i want an Oxfordshire team we can all relate to and be proud ofi call on everyone to back the Bear and Luke get out and support the team full of home grown lads ,blimey i have just read it back and i am worried i have spoken some sense,i think!!!!
As ever the usual mixture of informed sense and garbage,none of which has come from my mouth,yet!! I think Luke's appointment was the only option the fact that Kauf lives miles away ruled him out,Lukes only issue was availability but he has committed to all games which is great and at 24 its a great move by the board[blimey never said that before].For me commitment is the name of the game if players can only play two or 3 mc games i would go elsewhere,the new young guys all coming through will give you that commitment ,lets get rid of the i cant play next week i am 'brass rubbing' brigade.Yes it might mean the team takes one or two hits but the young talent and maybe a committed pro [i am not against that at all] we could be on the verge of something fantastic[we have the best bunch of kids i have seen in 35 years coming through].I predict within 5 years minor county champs and a lords final,but most of all i want an Oxfordshire team we can all relate to and be proud of[i want to see the quick from Challow,the spinner from Shipton and the great new keeper from Charlbury,not blokes from Wales , London and elsewhere,who cares if the team wins with these people in it,well frankly nobody]i call on everyone to back the Bear and Luke get out and support the team full of home grown lads ,blimey i have just read it back and i am worried i have spoken some sense,i think!!!! Meggers

7:19am Tue 4 Dec 12

5 metre run in says...

A terrific appointment, good to see Oxfordshire grown youth being allowed to flourish! I hope this sends a message to other youngsters that promotion through the ranks is completely possible (even if the captaincy might not be up for grabs for a while now...).

NHT i wouldn't be worried about influences on him, in my experience school teachers know their own mind, nearly to the point of not listening to reason!... although i fear you are right about the Banbury bias... there are other clubs in Oxfordshire!!!!!!!!

Is this a preview of Hawtin's replacement as Banbury skipper? I would be very much surprised if it wasn't. It would be complete lunacy to appoint anyone else when you have the county's top man in your ranks.
A terrific appointment, good to see Oxfordshire grown youth being allowed to flourish! I hope this sends a message to other youngsters that promotion through the ranks is completely possible (even if the captaincy might not be up for grabs for a while now...). NHT i wouldn't be worried about influences on him, in my experience school teachers know their own mind, nearly to the point of not listening to reason!... although i fear you are right about the Banbury bias... there are other clubs in Oxfordshire!!!!!!!! Is this a preview of Hawtin's replacement as Banbury skipper? I would be very much surprised if it wasn't. It would be complete lunacy to appoint anyone else when you have the county's top man in your ranks. 5 metre run in

7:47am Tue 4 Dec 12

spot the ball says...

Meggers i agree (now how many people in Oxfordshire say that?)
Commitment is a funny old term these days...seems to have lost a bit of meaning but maybe the modern sportsman find things in his life on par with recreational sport, i don't know! Being committed and being able to play are different creatures, especially with 3 day games and the need to take time off work, but if only everybody's boss was as understanding as yours Meggers we'd all be alright. playing for Oxfordshire is a fantastic feather in ones cap but it certainly doesn't pay the bills, i would suggest a more grade system to nonavailability than your 'hack everyone off at the knees who cant play all the games' approach.
I would like to see a nice mix of youth an experience, we don't want an age cap and leave out good more seasoned players.

Anyway Well done Luke good luck next season
Meggers i agree (now how many people in Oxfordshire say that?) Commitment is a funny old term these days...seems to have lost a bit of meaning but maybe the modern sportsman find things in his life on par with recreational sport, i don't know! Being committed and being able to play are different creatures, especially with 3 day games and the need to take time off work, but if only everybody's boss was as understanding as yours Meggers we'd all be alright. playing for Oxfordshire is a fantastic feather in ones cap but it certainly doesn't pay the bills, i would suggest a more grade system to nonavailability than your 'hack everyone off at the knees who cant play all the games' approach. I would like to see a nice mix of youth an experience, we don't want an age cap and leave out good more seasoned players. Anyway Well done Luke good luck next season spot the ball

7:59am Tue 4 Dec 12

Talent Scout says...

Sorry to upset you Strauss, i think Luke is a good appointment, but i was just saying he was not the only option.

My point about him not scoring any runs in any form of cricket ever, is that he needs to remember this when he picks his team and bat him self at 9 or 10 not 7! it was not a rant about him being captain. Maybe you should think about what you are saying, rather than shooting from the hip.

A lot of players mentioned as having potential i agree with, and they should be picked, at the same time they need to be hungry and have big seasons for their clubs, i know the ones who will; J Phillips and M Woods, start with these two!!

2nd or 3rd in the 3 day comp is too bad at all, I think the best way to do it is not a big change but a gradual one and try not to fall away while rebuilding!!

Who the hell is pretending to be meggers? i heard he couldn't write?
Sorry to upset you Strauss, i think Luke is a good appointment, but i was just saying he was not the only option. My point about him not scoring any runs in any form of cricket ever, is that he needs to remember this when he picks his team and bat him self at 9 or 10 not 7! it was not a rant about him being captain. Maybe you should think about what you are saying, rather than shooting from the hip. A lot of players mentioned as having potential i agree with, and they should be picked, at the same time they need to be hungry and have big seasons for their clubs, i know the ones who will; J Phillips and M Woods, start with these two!! 2nd or 3rd in the 3 day comp is too bad at all, I think the best way to do it is not a big change but a gradual one and try not to fall away while rebuilding!! Who the hell is pretending to be meggers? i heard he couldn't write? Talent Scout

8:23am Tue 4 Dec 12

Strauss says...

I would nevr get upset with you Talent Scout ow that I have established who you are!!!!!!
I would nevr get upset with you Talent Scout ow that I have established who you are!!!!!! Strauss

10:12am Tue 4 Dec 12

Talent Scout says...

I don't know how it took you so long Strauss my boy, everyone else has known for months!!! Get with the times!! no wonder you talk nonsense, your obviously living in the past?
I don't know how it took you so long Strauss my boy, everyone else has known for months!!! Get with the times!! no wonder you talk nonsense, your obviously living in the past? Talent Scout

9:48pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Sunday Offie! says...

Only option really, perks couldn't run a bath let alone a minors counties team! Availability is so poor because players can't afford to take time off work, the 20 pound a day for food doesn't really cover this and the money for travelling 25p a mile is a joke they were paying the same 8 years ago when petrol cost 90p a litre!
Only option really, perks couldn't run a bath let alone a minors counties team! Availability is so poor because players can't afford to take time off work, the 20 pound a day for food doesn't really cover this and the money for travelling 25p a mile is a joke they were paying the same 8 years ago when petrol cost 90p a litre! Sunday Offie!

10:08am Sat 15 Dec 12

play in the v says...

Shouldn't be a problem now, with a profit of 11k from this season.
Shouldn't be a problem now, with a profit of 11k from this season. play in the v

9:37am Thu 20 Dec 12

Strauss says...

I am surprised that Sunday Offie cannot buy a meal in the evening for £20!!
I am surprised that Sunday Offie cannot buy a meal in the evening for £20!! Strauss

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