YOUTH CRICKET: Oxfordshire foiled in title heartbreak

YOUTH CRICKET: Oxfordshire foiled in title heartbreak

YOUTH CRICKET: Oxfordshire foiled in title heartbreak

First published in Sport

Oxfordshire Under 17s agonisingly missed out on the ECB Championship by a solitary point after a disappointing defeat by Herefordshire at Eastnor.

Going into the game unbeaten, Oxon needed only six points to secure the title, but after a poor first innings batting display, they were always up against it, and finished with just five bonus points in a first innings loss.

Captain James Fitzjohn lost a crucial toss and Oxfordshire were inserted on a wet and slow pitch, and were quickly in trouble at 6-2.

Rain then forced the players off, and when they resumed at 5pm, they managed to reach 99-4 by the close.

However, day two saw Oxon collapse, losing their final six wickets for just 45 runs as they were shot out for 144, only Alex Davies (63) looking in any form.

When the home side put on 69 for the first wicket, Oxon were always going to be up against it.

But Jonny Meardon rem-oved Jack Taylor for 33 and Adam Spears bowled Rob Protheroe for 40, and that saw Oxon claw their way back into the game.

But Herefordshire got to the target with six wickets down, before going on to be dismissed for 180, giving Oxon the maximum four bowling points.

Davies returned 3-21 from 9.4 overs.

This left Oxfordshire just 16 overs in the match, in which time they needed to score 150 to secure the two batting points needed for the championship.

But it was not to be as they threw the bat at everything to be bowled out for 118 in 14.2 overs, Fitzjohn top-scoring with 33.

It all meant that Bedfordshire, who Oxon narrowly missed beating by an innings earlier in the season, secured the title by a point.

Oxon now will re-focus their attention on the ECB National Cup semi-final, where they will host Leicestershire at Wormsley on Thursday, August 28.

  •  Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone’s contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Latest Sport news

Yellow Army Day scheduled for Oxford United's clash with Wycombe

Oxford Mail:

8:20am Friday 24th October 2014

OXFORD United’s next home game has been designated as Yellow Army Day by the club’s supporters’ group.

RUGBY UNION: London Welsh given French lesson by Bordeaux, says Burnell

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 24th October 2014

Justin Burnell admitted London Welsh had received some big rugby lessons as they crashed to a 52-20 home defeat to Bordeaux Begles at the Kassam Stadium last night.

Caterham F1 staff in dark over future after being locked out of Leafield Technical Centre

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 24th October 2014

STAFF at Caterham Formula 1 were last night left in the dark over their future after being locked out of the motor racing team’s West Oxfordshire base.

BADMINTON: Oxon youngsters make it two out of two

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 24th October 2014

Oxfordshire Under 17s continued their perfect start to the Shires County League season with a 13-7 victory over a strong Dorset side at Bartholomew School, Eynsham.

FOOTBALL: Wantage Town boss Daniel Barry is aiming to steady ship

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Friday 24th October 2014

Wantage Town’s new boss Daniel Barry says he is optimistic most of the players will stay at the Evo-Stik Southern League Division 1 South & West club as he faces the challenge of keeping them up.

FOOTBALL: Re-charged Oxford City raring to go, says general manager Justin Merritt

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Friday 24th October 2014

Justin Merritt has urged his Oxford City charges to re-focus as they look to get back to winning ways at home to Hednesford Town tomorrow.

Manor Ground stories wanted for new Oxford United book

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

7:00am Friday 24th October 2014

STORIES from games at Oxford United’s former home are being collated for a new book, Up The Manor.

BADMINTON: Oxfordshire 2nd team still looking for first point

Oxford Mail: Image of racket and shuttlecock for badminton for sport

7:00am Friday 24th October 2014

Oxfordshire 2nd are still waiting for their first point of the season in Division 4 Central of the Inter-County Championships.

TENNIS: Matilda waltzes to 10 and under title

Oxford Mail: tennis racket hitting ball for sport

7:00am Friday 24th October 2014

Matilda Mutavdzic won the LTA Grade 3 regional 10 and under event at Gloucester. The Abingdon youngster won all three matches, just dropping six games in total, including a 4-0, 4-1 victory over No 1 seed Mollie Edge, from Dorset.

FOOTBALL: Banbury United handed big boost as Aidan Hawtin returns to the squad

Oxford Mail: Aidan Hawtin shows his pride after signing his first professional contract with Oxford United

6:00am Friday 24th October 2014

Banbury United boss Paul Davis hopes the return of midfielder Aidan Hawtin can help them end a run of three Premier Division defeats.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree