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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 . . .
3:40pm Wednesday 27th August 2014
ULTIMATELY it was a heartbreaker for Oxford United, but here are match highlights from the U's Capital One Cup clash against Premier League West Bromwich Albion last night
3:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014
No wins in his first three league games in charge of his new club and very little to cheer about after so much promise when he took over.
11:18am Wednesday 27th August 2014
Live coverage from Wormsley as Oxfordshire take on Devon in their first Minor Counties Trophy final
9:30am Wednesday 27th August 2014
MICHAEL Appleton was hugely proud by the way Oxford United stood up to West Bromwich Albion as a dramatic night saw the underdogs knocked out after a penalty shoot-out.
8:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014
Six Bells C Kidlington clipped the Three Pigeons wings 2-1 as the top two clashed in the Greene King Oxford & District League Premier Section.
8:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014
Aston Rowant trainer Lawney Hill stages a public open day at her Woodway Farm stables on Saturday, September 13 (10am-12.30pm).
7:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014
Nathan Callow was the star as Marsh Gibbon saw off Wantage by 33 runs at Chipping Norton to win the competition for the first time.
1:42am Wednesday 27th August 2014
10:56pm Tuesday 26th August 2014
OXFORD United put in a magnificent effort as they took West Bromwich Albion all the way to a penalty shoot-out at the Hawthorns.
6:56pm Tuesday 26th August 2014
All the latest news from Oxford United's Capital One Cup tie at West Brom.
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.