I'm loving my fine form

That's me showing the way to celebrate

That's me showing the way to celebrate

First published in Sport

JACK BROOKS COLUMN

Another two weeks into the season and my body is beginning to get slightly more stiff, sore and tired.

As things have been going well and I’m bowling as well as I ever have, I keep getting wheeled out every game so I’m finding a way to stay on the park and keep riding the crest of the wave.

You never know when a bad game is around the corner or when you’ll lose form, so you have to make the most of the good times and try to fill ya boots.

A tough Roses encounter in front of a whopping crowd was ruined by rain and ended in a tame draw.

We then gave Derbyshire a hiding for our first T20 win and this week we beat Northants to go back to the top of the league – momentarily at least.

The thing about continually playing and bowling lots of overs is I am left drained on a day off.

I am told not to train to keep my strength up, which is difficult for me as I like to keep working on my skills and get back in the gym to keep topping up.

I’m having to find a happy medium which seems to be working at present.

The downside is that I haven’t had too much of a social life with games on Fridays and Sundays, so my alcohol intake has been less – which I suppose is a good thing . . .

RUGBY: Relegation looms for battling Oxford Harlequins

Oxford Mail: rugby generic

6:50am Friday 27th March 2015

OXFORD Harlequins face relegation from National League 3 South West when they take on Exmouth tomorrow.

TENNIS: Oxford City Ladies land Thames Valley Winter League Premier Division honours

Oxford Mail: tennis racket hitting ball for sport

6:30am Friday 27th March 2015

OXFORD City Ladies clinched the Thames Valley Winter League Premier Division title this week, without even taking to the court.

Oxford United give backing to footgolf

Oxford Mail:

6:20am Friday 27th March 2015

OXFORD United fans are being encouraged to try something a little different with the launch of a footgolf course.

BADMINTON: Oxfordshire youngsters secure four medals at nationals

Oxford Mail:

6:20am Friday 27th March 2015

OXFORDSHIRE won four medals at the under 13 national championships in Milton Keynes.

CYCLING: Malcolm Rose continues good form to finish third in opener

Oxford Mail: generic image of a racing cyclist for the sport desk

6:10am Friday 27th March 2015

MALCOLM Rose, of Oxonian, finished third in the opening Oxfordshire Time Trial League meeting at Brill.

FOOTBALL Oxford United's midfielder Balmy signs on loan for Oxford City

Oxford Mail:

12:00am Friday 27th March 2015

Oxford City have bolstered their ranks ahead of tomorrow’s vital trip to Vanarama Conference North playoff rivals Hednesford Town, writes Marrhew Bruce.

Oxford United sign striker Kyle Vassell on loan

Oxford Mail:

4:00pm Thursday 26th March 2015

OXFORD United have signed Peterbrough striker Kyle Vassell on loan until the end of the season.

BRADLEY SMITH COLUMN: Excitement is building as the season is upon us

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Thursday 26th March 2015

It didn’t take a bang on the door at 6.15 in the morning to make me realise just what a massive international sport MotoGP has become – but it was certainly a reminder.

RUGBY: World Cup trophy set for Oxford visit

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Thursday 26th March 2015

THE Rugby World Cup trophy will be in Oxford for two days in August, just weeks before England bid to win the tournament on home soil.

GOLF: Eddie Pepperell eyeing major chance

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Thursday 26th March 2015

Abingdon golfer Eddie Pepperell believes the US PGA Championship in August is his best chance of playing at a major this year.

Aaron Finch arrived with us last week and will spend the next seven weeks playing all forms of cricket for Yorkshire to replace Kane Williamson whilst he tours West Indies with New Zealand.

Aaron comes over here with a stunning hard-hitting destructive reputation as the world No 1 T20 batsman.

The whole club is excited about what impact the Aussie may have on some games for us.

All being well, he wins a few T20 matches off his own back and contributes for us in Championship cricket, where he himself is looking to improve his own game.

He is a great bloke to have around with the typical Australian confident approach to life and cricket.

He’s not shy of making himself heard with good advice and wisdom or a hard joke and mickey-taking.

I have no doubts the team will learn from him and his attitude and take bits of his game into our own.

As I sit writing this, it’s my birthday and I can't quite believe I’m 30.

It’s ridiculous as I still feel like a young lad.

Although the body aches a bit more and my hair is longer than ever, I have shown no signs of growing up!

Hopefully I can keep living my dream and have loads of fun along the way.

 

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