Dark Blues out to retain Twenty20 crown

Abidine Sakande is a key player for Oxford

Abidine Sakande is a key player for Oxford

First published in Sport

Oxford University will look to defend their title when they host Cambridge in the shortest version of the game - the Varsity Twenty20 match - today (3.30).

The Dark Blues triumphed in 2012, the last time the match was played in The Parks, while the 2013 clash at Fenners was abandoned due to rain.

Oxford are banking on pace duo Abidine Sakande and Jonny Marsden to pose a real threat against the Light Blues.

First-year student Sakande, who represented England Under 19s against Bangladesh in 2013 and is affiliated with Sussex, has impressed with his speed and sharp bounce.

Derbyshire’s Marsden had a strong 2013 campaign, but missed last year’s Twenty20 clash.

They will be supported by Sam Cato, whose off-spin bowling and energy in the field could prove vital.

Dark Blues captain Gus Kennedy has previously played for Cambridge University and Oxford CC.

He will look to impress with the bat alongside Ben Jeffery and Aston Rowant CC’s Nick Ferraby.

The match will feature pink balls and coloured clothing, with plenty of food and drink available.

As always, entry to The Parks is free.

TODAY’S SQUADS

Oxford: from Kennedy (capt), Haines, Williams, Chadwick, Sakande, Jeffery, Fogarty, O'Grady, Marsden, O'Gorman, Ferraby, Cato, Winter.

Cambridge: from Elliott (capt), Abbott, Ansari, Bath, Bell, Browne, Hearne, Hill, Khan, Pollock, Sadler, Senaratne, Wylie.

Latest Sport news

AUNT SALLY: Goodall and Walsh set for singles title battle

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Teammates Dick Walsh and Roger Good-all will do battle for the Greene King Oxford & District League's singles trophy on finals night at the city’s Kassam Stadium on Friday, October 17, writes ANDY BEAL.

CRICKET: It's looking bleak for spirited Downs

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Oxford Downs need a miracle to stay up in Cherwell League Division 1, despite having the better of a draw with Thame Town, the only team they can catch.

FOOTBALL: Abingdon return in terrific fashion

Oxford Mail: football generic

8:00am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Abingdon Town marked their return to the North Berks Leaguee after 75 years with a 4-2 victory over Wallingford Town in Division 1, writes Phil Annets.

FOOTBALL: Champs Oakley get off to a flying start

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Reigning champions Oakley United opened the defence of their Oxfordshire Senior League Premier Division crown with a 2-0 win at Adderbury Park on Saturday.

CRICKET: Cowley joy as rivals fall to hero Burton

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Cowley Internationals secured their first success in the OCA’s Airey Cup when they defeated Great Horwood by three wickets in a tight final at Stonesfield on Sunday.

Peterborough chairman 'stunned' Oxford United failed to sign Tyrone Barnett

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

6:30am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

OXFORD United had agreed a fee with Peterborough United for striker Tyrone Barnett on deadline day, but could not get the deal done in time.

Cheltenham Tn 2 (Marquis 45+1, Arthur 78), Oxford Utd 0

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

9:44pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

OXFORD United endured a costly evening as they crashed out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Cheltenham Town.

Updates - Cheltenham Tn v Oxford Utd

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

6:55pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

All the news from Oxford United's trip to Cheltenham Town in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Oxford United foiled on deadline day

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Michael Appleton is determined to do his shopping earlier next summer after Oxford United were unable to land their top target before the transfer window shut last night.

DARTS: Maximum men lead the way

8:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

IN a week of high-scoring, 20 players recorded maximums in the Men’s Summer League, with five of them doing it twice.

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