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 . . .
9:30am Wednesday 1st July 2015
GEORGE Baldock described the decision join Oxford United as a “no-brainer” given the determination the club had shown to bring him back.
7:30am Wednesday 1st July 2015
ADAM Tucker’s superb unbeaten century was in vain for Shrivenham as they fell to a six-wicket defeat at home to OCA leaders Minster Lovell in Division 1.
7:00am Wednesday 1st July 2015
OXFORD University made a poor start to cricket’s Varsity Match with Cambridge at Fenners.
7:00am Wednesday 1st July 2015
Thame Town went back to the top of the Cherwell League table after romping to victory over struggling Wolverton Town.
6:50am Wednesday 1st July 2015
ALEXIS Canter will fulfil his dream of playing at Wimbledon after being handed a wildcard into the main draw of the Junior Championships.
6:00am Wednesday 1st July 2015
CHEQUERS A moved off the bottom of the table with a shock 2-1 win over leaders Crown Chalgrove in Section 3 of the Greene King Oxford & District League, writes ANDY BEAL.
4:00pm Tuesday 30th June 2015
GEORGE Baldock has agreed to return to Oxford United on a season-long loan deal from MK Dons.
12:00pm Tuesday 30th June 2015
OXFORD United’s game at Bristol Rovers in September has been selected for live coverage by Sky Sports.
10:00am Tuesday 30th June 2015
Ryan Clarke looks certain to be leaving Oxford United, with head coach Michael Appleton expecting the goalkeeper to depart this week.
9:00am Tuesday 30th June 2015
Oxford's United’s squad will visit RAF Benson tomorrow for a two-day team bonding trip aimed at testing them physically and mentally.
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.