CRICKET: Ryan the hero as Oxon do it again

thisisoxfordshire: Oxfordshire wicket-keeper Jonny Cater celebrates as Bedfordshire opener Steve Stubbings unluckily hits his own wicket to fall six runs short of a century Oxfordshire wicket-keeper Jonny Cater celebrates as Bedfordshire opener Steve Stubbings unluckily hits his own wicket to fall six runs short of a century

LUKE Ryan steered Oxfordshire to a nerve-jangling one-wicket victory over Bedfordshire at Bicester & North Oxford yesterday.

Oxon’s captain hit the winning runs with two balls to spare as his side stumbled over the finish line in this Group 1 clash.

Having also won their opener against Devon by the same margin, Ryan is certainly proving a lucky skipper.

The hosts had were cruising on 161-1 at the drinks interval in reply to Bedfordshire’s 262-6, but then made extremely hard work of what should have been a routine task.

Bedfordshire’s spinners found far more control and potency than their seamers as the visitors came right back into the match.

However, Oxon had only themselves to blame, as too many poor shots made for a pulsating finish.

Bedfordshire opted to bat first, but suffered an early blow when Luke Thomas was caught behind in Daniel Rowe’s first over.

Thomas’s opening partner, captain Steve Stubbings, had other ideas and went on to top-score with 94 off 119 balls, featuring nine fours and a six.

Stubbings, who put on 115 for the second wicket with Robert Keogh (60), was finally out hit wicket, after playing back to a Ryan delivery.

Andy Reynoldson added an unbeaten 50 as Oxon struggled.

Ryan was the only home bowler to take two wickets, while Richard West had the best economy rate.

Oxon opener Damian Shirazi fell cheaply in the hosts’ reply, but Richard Kaufman and Lloyd Sabin set about the chase with gusto.

They raced to 138-1 off 20 overs in style and were 161-1 at drinks.

The interval proved something of a turning point, with Kaufman falling for 68 in the first over after the resumption – albeit to a terrific diving catch from Stubbings.

Sabin followed ten minutes later for a superb 80 – his highest one-day score for Oxfordshire.

There was a moment of controversy when Bedfordshire were penalised with a no ball for having too many leg-side fielders.

And when Nathan Hawkes and Jamie Perkin fell in quick succession, there was more than a touch of tension creeping in.

It was 185-6 when Cater added to the collapse, but Oxon rallied with David Smith and West.

However, they shot themselves in the foot again when Smith skied a drive and West ran himself out.

Chad Keegan smashed 27 off just 13 balls, but was out to a soft shot having hit Andy Reynoldson for successive sixes.

This left Rowe and Ryan to save the day.

Oxon ended up needing three from the final over – where two singles and a Ryan four did the job.

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9:59am Tue 7 May 13

Talent Scout says...

If Ryan is lucky then players born, brought up and who play their cricket in Oxfordshire must be unlucky!!

But while winning ways continue I can't see it changing.

Nice to see the skipper doing it with the bat as well as the ball for once, long may it continue, but i don't think it will.
If Ryan is lucky then players born, brought up and who play their cricket in Oxfordshire must be unlucky!! But while winning ways continue I can't see it changing. Nice to see the skipper doing it with the bat as well as the ball for once, long may it continue, but i don't think it will. Talent Scout

10:50pm Tue 7 May 13

christianmurphy says...

talent scout plays in the OCA
talent scout plays in the OCA christianmurphy

10:52pm Tue 7 May 13

christianmurphy says...

im pretty sure only keegan, kaufman and rowe have no connection with oxon? or am i miles off as a mere cherwell leaguer
im pretty sure only keegan, kaufman and rowe have no connection with oxon? or am i miles off as a mere cherwell leaguer christianmurphy

10:01am Wed 8 May 13

Talent Scout says...

Do I ?!?! Proudly Home Counties/Cherwell!!

Add Smith to the list to make it 4 out of 11.

I am a bit of a traditionalist. I have no problem with one or maximum 2 "overseas" type players to come in, who will improve the side. I believe Kaufman and Keegan do this.

As for Rowe and Smith i would rather see any of the following:

Geeson-Brown (Oxford), Ollie Wright (Banbury), Woods (Tew), Harry Smith (Tew), Harris (Tew), Megson (Tew), Manley (Tew), Pyket (Tiddington), Edmond Gross (Tew) or Hole (Shipton).

As i said before i don't think it will change during winning ways, but maybe it's the time to do it, while everyone else is playing well.
Do I ?!?! Proudly Home Counties/Cherwell!! Add Smith to the list to make it 4 out of 11. I am a bit of a traditionalist. I have no problem with one or maximum 2 "overseas" type players to come in, who will improve the side. I believe Kaufman and Keegan do this. As for Rowe and Smith i would rather see any of the following: Geeson-Brown (Oxford), Ollie Wright (Banbury), Woods (Tew), Harry Smith (Tew), Harris (Tew), Megson (Tew), Manley (Tew), Pyket (Tiddington), Edmond Gross (Tew) or Hole (Shipton). As i said before i don't think it will change during winning ways, but maybe it's the time to do it, while everyone else is playing well. Talent Scout

12:39pm Wed 8 May 13

Strauss says...

If I am not mistaken Keegan lives in Henley which is i Oxfordshire. Doe this not count?
If I am not mistaken Keegan lives in Henley which is i Oxfordshire. Doe this not count? Strauss

7:57am Thu 9 May 13

Talent Scout says...

Keegan could live in Mongolia for all i care, he is one of the best bowlers in Minor County Cricket so he is excused, but if he lives in Henley all the better!
Keegan could live in Mongolia for all i care, he is one of the best bowlers in Minor County Cricket so he is excused, but if he lives in Henley all the better! Talent Scout

8:11am Thu 9 May 13

Big Bad Blocker says...

We've started already have we? Not even the first league game yet. I'm looking forward to seeing how the Oxon clubs do in Div 2 west this year. Could there be a power shift? #TheRaceForSecondBes
tInOxon

To touch on Talent Scout's point, If the players step up and get runs and wickets then pick them. The lower down the leagues you play the better or more consistent your performances have to be, but it shouldn't exempt anyone from selection.

Who is Chad playing for this year?
We've started already have we? Not even the first league game yet. I'm looking forward to seeing how the Oxon clubs do in Div 2 west this year. Could there be a power shift? #TheRaceForSecondBes tInOxon To touch on Talent Scout's point, If the players step up and get runs and wickets then pick them. The lower down the leagues you play the better or more consistent your performances have to be, but it shouldn't exempt anyone from selection. Who is Chad playing for this year? Big Bad Blocker

11:14pm Thu 9 May 13

new to the area says...

There is a strong rumour going around that people are playing in the village cup who no longer live, play or work in the sound of the church bells. Is that true? Shocking, how could that possibly be.
There is a strong rumour going around that people are playing in the village cup who no longer live, play or work in the sound of the church bells. Is that true? Shocking, how could that possibly be. new to the area

7:40pm Fri 10 May 13

christianmurphy says...

I quite like this debate. Very well balanced views. . . .i see the need to keep oxon players playing and think that talent scout barring his attacks on Ryan makes valid points.

Even so the seamers he listed, I don't know gross, are shall we say a bit buffet! Although I'm not minor county level I'd love to face some of them.
I quite like this debate. Very well balanced views. . . .i see the need to keep oxon players playing and think that talent scout barring his attacks on Ryan makes valid points. Even so the seamers he listed, I don't know gross, are shall we say a bit buffet! Although I'm not minor county level I'd love to face some of them. christianmurphy

8:00am Sat 11 May 13

Flash Hard says...

A good start to the season - well done guys. 2 wins (albeit close ones!) and hopefully more success to come. Interesting debate above - agree with Christianmurphy, having watched a lot of local cricket ,the seamers Talent Scout lists are nowhere near good enough( yet). If the first couple of games are anything to go by( and most of last season) its the middle order batting they need to be looking at. Fortunately there are one or two very capable, local guys who deserve a chance - if I've spotted them (& they are not in the Academy side) surely the Selectors have?
A good start to the season - well done guys. 2 wins (albeit close ones!) and hopefully more success to come. Interesting debate above - agree with Christianmurphy, having watched a lot of local cricket ,the seamers Talent Scout lists are nowhere near good enough( yet). If the first couple of games are anything to go by( and most of last season) its the middle order batting they need to be looking at. Fortunately there are one or two very capable, local guys who deserve a chance - if I've spotted them (& they are not in the Academy side) surely the Selectors have? Flash Hard

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