CRICKET: Crosby backing Oxford to stay up

thisisoxfordshire: Oxford captain Ian Crosby delivers a pep talk to his players. Crosby is prepared to drop himself again for tomorrow’s match against Tring Park in order to give Oxford the best chance of survival Oxford captain Ian Crosby delivers a pep talk to his players. Crosby is prepared to drop himself again for tomorrow’s match against Tring Park in order to give Oxford the best chance of survival

Ian Crosby still believes Oxford can stay up in Serious Cricket Home Counties Premier League Division 1, but may not play a part in helping them do so.

Oxford’s captain remains confident they can win their final two matches, starting with the visit of Tring Park tomorrow, and climb out of the bottom two.

But Crosby, who dropped himself for last week’s rain-abandoned clash at Harpenden, is prepared to do so again to give his side the best possible chance of success.

“I felt we needed an extra bowler last week and felt the best option was for me to drop out,” said Crosby, who was replaced as skipper by Rupert Evans.

“My form is not where I wanted it to be. I left myself out so Stefan Van Dyk could come back into the team.

“It is not about me. It is about what is best for the team and I will do it again if needed.”

Jonno Evans replaces Dan King, while Ian Evans and Crosby make up a squad of 13.

Crosby said: “We definitely needed to win two out of three matches and now we need to win the last two games.

“By all accounts, we were in a decent position on a tricky wicket at Harpenden and had a chance of winning.

“The abandonment has put us right up against it, but we will keep fighting.

“We believe 50 points will give us a decent chance of staying up.

“The odds are against us, but we have got to keep believing.

“Tring are a decent side, but haven’t got a lot to play for.

Oxford : from Perkin, Sandbach, Laudat, R Evans, Canning, J Evans, Porter, Crosby (capt), Mendis, Sutherland, I Evans, Geeson-Brown, Van Dyk.

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