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BOWLS: Young Watts called up for Oxon's cup opener

Oxford Mail: Kevin Alder has been recalled to Oxfordshire's team Kevin Alder has been recalled to Oxfordshire's team

Watlington's Sam Watts is set to make his Middleton Cup debut for Oxfordshire against Middlesex at Oxford City & County on Saturday (2pm).

The county under 25s bowler will play lead in the rink completed by Headington trio Gary May, Jason King and skip Mark Charlett in the South Group Section B opener.

Fellow junior teammate Shane Cooper (Banbury Central) makes only his second appearance.

He plays at No 2 in the rink skipped by Carterton’s Paul Sharman, which also features Banbury Central’s Lee Young and Shiplake Village’s Barry Lambourne.

Bicester’s Rob Pink has been recalled, and will play in a new rink with Headington’s Colin Whitehead and Carterton’s Baden Sparkes, who were unavailable last year, and Headington’s Remy Clanfield.

West Witney’s Kevin Alder also earns a recall and will play No 2 alongside Headington trio Dean May, Nathan Lewis and skip Ian Snowdon.

Carterton’s Alan Prew continues as captain as Oxon seek to improve on reaching the quarter-finals in the last two years.

Banbury Borough’s Keith Holloway is vice-captain.

Oxfordshire: K Holloway (Banbury Borough), I Henwood (Headington), C Carpenter (Banbury Borough), A Prew (Carterton, capt); S Watts (Watlington), G May (Headington), J King (Headington), M Charlett (Headington); L Young (Banbury Central), S Cooper (Banbury Central), B Lambourne (Shiplake Village), P Sharman (Carterton); D May (Headington), K Alder (West Witney), N Lewis (Headington), I Snowdon (Headington); R Pink (Bicester), R Clanfield (Headington), C Whitehead (Headington), B Sparkes (Carterton); AJ Docherty (Banbury Borough), G Schwab (Banbury Borough), R Redford (Banbury Borough), M Sykes (Banbury Borough).

OXFORDSHIRE’S Gary May missed out on a place in the England junior men’s squad following the trials at Royal Leamington Spa.

The Headington star gave a good account of himself, but was unable to secure a place for the British Isles International Series in September.

Stick with us, says Oxford skipper

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RUGBY UNION: Scott ready to stake his Welsh claim

Oxford Mail:

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Appleton seeks 'clever' solution to Oxford United's lack of goals

Oxford Mail:

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Busy fixture list welcomed by Oxford United's Brown

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Friday 22nd August 2014

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CRICKET: Eason wary of Chesham threat

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 22nd August 2014

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FOOTBALL: Skipper Mullings banned as City to keep run going

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 22nd August 2014

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FOOTBALL: Stein believes in Clough's wisdom

Oxford Mail:

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GOLF: Pepperell shoots 70

Oxford Mail: Eddie Pepperell in action at Wentworth

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Oxfordshire's Eddie Pepperell shot a two-under-par 70 in the opening round of the D+D REAL Czech Masters in Prague yesterday.

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