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 . . .

Dismal start troubles Appleton

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Oxford United’s position in the table is now a concern for head coach Michael Appleton, who has acknow-ledged it is taking longer than expected to improve results.

CRICKET: Brooks gets nominated for player of the year

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Jack Brooks said being nominated for the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) player of the year was an added bonus to a great season.

FOOTBALL: Murombedzi back at Banbury after trial spells

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Midfielder Shepherd Murombedzi has returned to Banbury United following unsuccessful trials with Leyton Orient and Mansfield Town.

HOCKEY: Battling Hawks lose out to national stars

Oxford Mail: Oxford Hawks Ethan Chapman gets airborne against Oxford University

8:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Oxford Hawks put in a superb battling performance as they lost 5-2 at home to National Premier League side Hampstead & Westminster in the second round of the NOW: Pensions Cup on Sunday.

RUGBY UNION: Henley outgun Southend but slip to second

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

NATIONAL 2 SOUTH

MOTORSPORT: Plato doubts title chances despite Silverstone joy

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

JASON Plato kept the British Touring Car Championship title race alive with two wins at Silverstone, but the Oxford driver believes it is too late for him to catch leader Colin Turkington.

RUGBY UNION:

Oxford Mail: Oxford Harlequins full back Jack Robinson races through for one of his six tries during the 79-7 hammering of Swindon that sent Quins top

8:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

NATIONAL 3 SOUTH WEST

Woeful Oxford United Women battered by Reading

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

8:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A lacklustre Oxford United Women suffered a 5-0 thrashing at local rivals Reading, writes MATTHEW BRUCE.

DARTS: Holly's maximums set up first Premier title for Green

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

KIDLINGTON Green Social Club B clinched their first Premier Section title as they won 5-4 at nearest challengers Windrush Social Club.

GOLF: Tadmarton Heath to hold open day for ladies

Oxford Mail: golf generic

7:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

TADMARTON Heath are holding an open day for women keen to take up golf or looking to join a club.

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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