CRICKETERS in the Cherwell and OCA Leagues could still get the chance to watch England’s World Cup quarter-final against Sweden.

Gareth Southgate’s side booked their place in the last eight with a tense penalty shoot-out victory over Colombia on Tuesday night.

That success sparked fears availability could be problem in local cricket leagues, with the Sweden clash kicking off at 3pm on Saturday.

However, the Cherwell League will allow clubs to move the start time of games, providing it is agreed by both teams and the umpires.

“We are aware of the general fervour and don’t want clubs to be affected by availability, so as long as everyone agrees we are happy to be flexible,” said chairman Brian Standish.

Matches in the OCA League can also start earlier, or even be shortened.

“No fixtures may be rearranged to another day,” they said in a statement.

“But on this occasion the game can be reduced to a minimum of 25 overs per side, however we would encourage a game of longer duration.

“The number of overs needs to be agreed by both skippers and umpires.”

The Home Counties Premier League, whose matches already start earlier, will get under way at the usual time.