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 . . .

FOOTBALL: Justin Merritt's relishing step into unknown

Oxford Mail:

9:20am Tuesday 26th May 2015

Oxford City general manager Justin Merritt feels that his side’s change of divisions next season is a mixed blessing, but is relishing the new challenge.

Oxford United installed as third favourites for League Two title

Oxford Mail:

9:10am Tuesday 26th May 2015

Oxford United have been named as one of the favourites for the Sky Bet League Two title next season.

WOMEN'S FOOTBALL: Oxford United are beaten by 92nd-minute penalty

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 26th May 2015

AN injury-time penalty from Everton’s Paige Williams inflicted an agonising 3-2 defeat on Oxford United in the FA Women’s Super League 2, writes MATTHEW BRUCE.

CRICKET: Hugo Darby cracks super ton to spark Banbury victory

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 26th May 2015

Hugo Darby smashed a brilliant century as Banbury beat High Wycombe by six runs in the ECB Twenty20 Home Counties quarter-finals yesterday.

RACING: Limato off to Haydock

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 26th May 2015

Exciting sprinter Limato is set to put his unbeaten record on the line in the 888Sport Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock on Saturday.

GOLF: King smashes course record on way to Frilford crown

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 26th May 2015

GARY King was the class act as he smashed the Frilford Heath course record en route to winning the Buildbase Open by two shots.

DARTS: West back for Oxfordshire's finale

Oxford Mail:

7:40am Tuesday 26th May 2015

OXFORDSHIRE visit Dorset this weekend in their final match of the British Inter Counties Championship knowing they need a big victory to stand any chance of winning the Division 1 title.

GOLF: Ex-Tadmarton Heath member named as new R&A captain

Oxford Mail: golf generic

7:40am Tuesday 26th May 2015

FORMER Tadmarton Heath member Gavin Caldwell will take over as captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club later this year.

WOMEN'S FOOTBALL: Taylor deflated after late winner sinks Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Tuesday 26th May 2015

LES Taylor was left feeling hard done by after seeing his Oxford United Women’s side sickeningly beaten 3-2 at home to Everton thanks to a 92nd-minute penalty, writes MATTHEW BRUCE.

DARTS: Thompson's superb finish in vain

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Tuesday 26th May 2015

CHRIS Thompson hit the highest finish of the Greene King ODDA Summer League’s opening week, but still finished on the losing side.

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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