CRICKET: Oxford so close to vital win

thisisoxfordshire: Jamie Perkin Jamie Perkin

OXFORD’S hopes of avoiding relegation from Division 1 suffered a big blow at home to Welwyn Garden City on Saturday.

After their best batting display of the season which saw both Jamie Perkin and Ryan Canning hit centuries, Oxford failed to take the last Welwyn wicket and had to settle for a draw.

However, their display with the bat will give them belief that they can haul themselves out of the bottom two in the final four weeks of the campaign.

After skipper Ian Crosby had won the toss, Oxford lost opener Chris Sandbach with the score on 17.

Perkin and Stewart Laudat then shared a 67-run second-wicket partnership, before Laudat fell lbw to Jamie Hewitt for 25.

But that brought Canning to the crease, with he and Perkin dominating the bowling to share a superb 175-run stand – Oxford’s highest third-wicket partnership in the league.

Perkin eventually fell for 123, which came off 158 balls and included 13 fours and five sixes.

Canning finished unbeaten on 100 off 123 balls, with 11 fours and two sixes.

That allowed Crosby to declare with his side on 302-3 in 64 overs.

Oxford wasted no time in getting among the Welwyn batsmen, Tom Geeson-Brown and Brad Sutherland both claiming early wickets.

Shamilal Mendis then got in on the act, and his haul of 5-69 put Oxford on the brink of victory.

But with six overs at the final pair, they could not get the crucial final wicket and had to settle for a draw as their bid to beat the drop goes right to the wire.

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4:45pm Mon 13 Aug 12

k hound says...

Oxford v Great Tew next season that has a nice ring to it !!!!!!!!
Oxford v Great Tew next season that has a nice ring to it !!!!!!!! k hound

3:48pm Tue 14 Aug 12

scenicafc says...

No Chance!!
No Chance!! scenicafc

3:53pm Tue 14 Aug 12

Power says...

Oxford 2nds he means, which is realistic.....
Oxford 2nds he means, which is realistic..... Power

7:26pm Tue 14 Aug 12

k hound says...

no,Oxford firsts,they are going down to the feeder and Horspath have bottledi it in CL Div one,go the Tew!
no,Oxford firsts,they are going down to the feeder and Horspath have bottledi it in CL Div one,go the Tew! k hound

9:39pm Tue 14 Aug 12

scenicafc says...

Bottled it my arse!!!! there not in the same league as Horspath!!! Fact!!!
Bottled it my arse!!!! there not in the same league as Horspath!!! Fact!!! scenicafc

8:11am Wed 15 Aug 12

k hound says...

I think you will find Tew are in the same league!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think you will find Tew are in the same league!!!!!!!!!!!! k hound

8:32am Wed 15 Aug 12

play in the v says...

Just checked the tables, and it appears they are fact.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!
Just checked the tables, and it appears they are fact.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!! play in the v

9:06am Wed 15 Aug 12

Power says...

They should really have known that
They should really have known that Power

9:42am Wed 15 Aug 12

Malik says...

Horspath are a cut above in the Cherwell, Tew are a good team but only the awful weather we have seen this year has keep them in the hunt.

Look forward to Horspath vs Oxford next year.
Horspath are a cut above in the Cherwell, Tew are a good team but only the awful weather we have seen this year has keep them in the hunt. Look forward to Horspath vs Oxford next year. Malik

9:55am Wed 15 Aug 12

scenicafc says...

Well said Malik!!! No disrespect to Great Tew good club and good players!!
Well said Malik!!! No disrespect to Great Tew good club and good players!! scenicafc

11:45am Wed 15 Aug 12

Steps TDCR says...

I think it is important for Oxfordshire Cricket that Oxford stay in Div 1 of Home Counties. I hope Crosser and the guys pull together and hang in there. Horspath will win the Cherwell League and be better equipped to stay up after being there last year. More teams in the Home Counties from Oxfordshire the better.
I think it is important for Oxfordshire Cricket that Oxford stay in Div 1 of Home Counties. I hope Crosser and the guys pull together and hang in there. Horspath will win the Cherwell League and be better equipped to stay up after being there last year. More teams in the Home Counties from Oxfordshire the better. Steps TDCR

2:15pm Wed 15 Aug 12

k hound says...

As half the Oxon team come from allover the south of England what has Oxford staying in hcpl div 1 got to do with anything.As for Horspath a good batting line up for sure but as the Buckingham game proved on saturday who is their attack going to bowl out on a flat pitch,no one i think you will find.
As half the Oxon team come from allover the south of England what has Oxford staying in hcpl div 1 got to do with anything.As for Horspath a good batting line up for sure but as the Buckingham game proved on saturday who is their attack going to bowl out on a flat pitch,no one i think you will find. k hound

2:34pm Wed 15 Aug 12

k hound says...

I was at Cumnor on saturday and oddly Banbury 2nds are the best team i have seen in div 1 this season and i have seen everyone.Its the first time i had seen them and they were good everywhere.They have only won twice to which is odd,but Tew will win the division ,will be interesting next year with Thame and Shipton back in CL,should be a strong division.
I was at Cumnor on saturday and oddly Banbury 2nds are the best team i have seen in div 1 this season and i have seen everyone.Its the first time i had seen them and they were good everywhere.They have only won twice to which is odd,but Tew will win the division ,will be interesting next year with Thame and Shipton back in CL,should be a strong division. k hound

3:19pm Wed 15 Aug 12

Power says...

As Horspath have got to play 3 of the bottom 4 in their run in I suspect they will finish comfortably ahead of Tew
As Horspath have got to play 3 of the bottom 4 in their run in I suspect they will finish comfortably ahead of Tew Power

3:55pm Wed 15 Aug 12

k hound says...

if they win the toss you my be right by will they win them!!!!!!!
if they win the toss you my be right by will they win them!!!!!!! k hound

5:16pm Wed 15 Aug 12

Malik says...

Happily wager any an amount on Horspath with you, as in your mind hound Tew are favourites I guess I take 6/5?

Banbury 2s will be strong some weeks but as a 2nd team will also struggle others but im sure you worked that out.

I would continue but your everything you post seems to a huge level and im not 100% sure your serious.
Happily wager any an amount on Horspath with you, as in your mind hound Tew are favourites I guess I take 6/5? Banbury 2s will be strong some weeks but as a 2nd team will also struggle others but im sure you worked that out. I would continue but your everything you post seems to a huge level and im not 100% sure your serious. Malik

5:16pm Wed 15 Aug 12

play in the v says...

Good balanced teams win batting first or second as tew do, not sure what the weather has got to do with tews standing in the league, it seems they beat most teams before the rain comes.
Good balanced teams win batting first or second as tew do, not sure what the weather has got to do with tews standing in the league, it seems they beat most teams before the rain comes. play in the v

10:37pm Wed 15 Aug 12

slips_please says...

Poor argument K Hound regarding Horspath. You are entitled to your opinion, however I think you will find that Horspath have taken more wickets in the league this year than Great Tew, and also had one more match abandoned, 93 compared to 88. Horspath have also won more games bowling second this season than Great Tew. Lets just see where Horspath are on the 8th September shall we???
Poor argument K Hound regarding Horspath. You are entitled to your opinion, however I think you will find that Horspath have taken more wickets in the league this year than Great Tew, and also had one more match abandoned, 93 compared to 88. Horspath have also won more games bowling second this season than Great Tew. Lets just see where Horspath are on the 8th September shall we??? slips_please

6:26am Thu 16 Aug 12

k hound says...

Fair enough Slips,didnt check my facts ,just a hunch about Horspaths bowlers,apologies to the Horspath attack.Just to change tack if Thame and Shipton go down ,what 3 from CL one will slip into Div 2.I was told that Shipton were dreadful against Banbury in the oxon cup on sunday,bowled out for 50 odd,battered out of site.I think the 3 to go will be Nondes,Bletchley and Cumnor who were terrible on saturday,cant see them getting any wins at all.
Fair enough Slips,didnt check my facts ,just a hunch about Horspaths bowlers,apologies to the Horspath attack.Just to change tack if Thame and Shipton go down ,what 3 from CL one will slip into Div 2.I was told that Shipton were dreadful against Banbury in the oxon cup on sunday,bowled out for 50 odd,battered out of site.I think the 3 to go will be Nondes,Bletchley and Cumnor who were terrible on saturday,cant see them getting any wins at all. k hound

8:23am Thu 16 Aug 12

D.freeman says...

Morning Gents, enjoying the debate, lets hope it goes down to the last game of the season, and the weather doesn't play a part in the coming weeks. Of course I am slightly biased COME ON TEW. If my memory serves didn't the top spot change hands last season on the very last week.
Morning Gents, enjoying the debate, lets hope it goes down to the last game of the season, and the weather doesn't play a part in the coming weeks. Of course I am slightly biased COME ON TEW. If my memory serves didn't the top spot change hands last season on the very last week. D.freeman

10:28am Thu 16 Aug 12

Malik says...

Nondies and Bletchley will go and you know what I think you might be right about Cumnor loss of some influential players.

IMO Shipton will come down, Thame seem to be able to pull of the Houdini act every year.

Either way like others have said, could be an exciting end in most divisions, lets hope weather doesnt get in the way
Nondies and Bletchley will go and you know what I think you might be right about Cumnor loss of some influential players. IMO Shipton will come down, Thame seem to be able to pull of the Houdini act every year. Either way like others have said, could be an exciting end in most divisions, lets hope weather doesnt get in the way Malik

11:02am Thu 16 Aug 12

scenicafc says...

I have an inkling the weather might have the final word!!!!
I have an inkling the weather might have the final word!!!! scenicafc

11:54am Thu 16 Aug 12

Steps TDCR says...

K Hound, you miss my point, I was not talking about the County side, I was talking about Cricket Club levels in Oxfordshire, the higher level that our clubs play the better for all. Rowant up to Div 1 would be good, Horspath better equipped to stay up next time around and Manoj to pull another Rabbit out of the Tandoor ! Tew are not ready for the jump which is much bigger than you think. Rowant, Horspath and Shipton all struggled first time around, Rowant have stuck in there and I am sure the boys at Horspath can do the same next year and good luck to them.
K Hound, you miss my point, I was not talking about the County side, I was talking about Cricket Club levels in Oxfordshire, the higher level that our clubs play the better for all. Rowant up to Div 1 would be good, Horspath better equipped to stay up next time around and Manoj to pull another Rabbit out of the Tandoor ! Tew are not ready for the jump which is much bigger than you think. Rowant, Horspath and Shipton all struggled first time around, Rowant have stuck in there and I am sure the boys at Horspath can do the same next year and good luck to them. Steps TDCR

8:35am Fri 17 Aug 12

k hound says...

if there were 15 oxon clubs in the hcpl the selectors would still pick people from Swansea and the like,or as will happen next season just from Banbury as they will be the only team in the top division,sorry and Rowant ,nearly fogot them.I think also because of the weather all cl divisions next season will have a team or two in the wrong league ,should be interesting.
if there were 15 oxon clubs in the hcpl the selectors would still pick people from Swansea and the like,or as will happen next season just from Banbury as they will be the only team in the top division,sorry and Rowant ,nearly fogot them.I think also because of the weather all cl divisions next season will have a team or two in the wrong league ,should be interesting. k hound

9:30am Fri 17 Aug 12

Malik says...

So you comment that divisions will have a team or 2 that will be in the wrong division but dont think the weather has effected the top of Div 1?
So you comment that divisions will have a team or 2 that will be in the wrong division but dont think the weather has effected the top of Div 1? Malik

9:37am Fri 17 Aug 12

Flat one says...

It has Malik, Horspath have had one more game abandoned, so if it wasn't for the weather they would be further ahead!!
It has Malik, Horspath have had one more game abandoned, so if it wasn't for the weather they would be further ahead!! Flat one

1:35pm Fri 17 Aug 12

Malik says...

yeah that was my point mate, K hound believes it hasnt been effected in his earlier comments
yeah that was my point mate, K hound believes it hasnt been effected in his earlier comments Malik

10:39pm Fri 17 Aug 12

Dilscoop says...

K hound. Not a clue.
K hound. Not a clue. Dilscoop

7:54am Sat 18 Aug 12

k hound says...

dilscoop you are right !!!!
dilscoop you are right !!!! k hound

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