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I'm loving my fine form

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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 . . .

Oxford United sign Fleetwood winger

Oxford Mail:

6:05pm Thursday 31st July 2014

OXFORD United have strengthened their attacking options by signing Junior Brown on a 12-month deal.

Oxford United unveil new shirt sponsor

Oxford Mail:

12:34pm Thursday 31st July 2014

TYRE firm Black n Rounds have signed up to become Oxford United's home shirt sponsor this season.

Commonwealth Games: Brilliant bronze for Didcot's Ben Watson

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Thursday 31st July 2014

BEN Watson secured Didcot’s third medal at Glasgow 2014 with a fantastic weighlifting bronze last night.

Meades aiming to stake his claim at Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

JON Meades is loving every second of pre-season as the midfielder looks to put his injury nightmare firmly in the past.

BOWLS: County women see off Surrey

Oxford Mail: image of bowls close up of bowling woods and jack for sport

8:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

Oxfordshire Ladies ran out 96-91 winners over Surrey in a friendly at Chertsey.

BOWLS: Oxfordshire men post full houses

Oxford Mail: image of bowls close up of bowling woods and jack for sport

8:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

Oxfordshire BA recorded clean sweeps on all six rinks as they chalked up esounding victories in their latest two friendlies on the road.

BOWLS: Hot-shot Hawes races in to claim 13th Oxon title

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

Oxford City & County’s Katherine Hawes extended her own record of Oxfordshire ladies’ singles titles to 13 with a clear-cut victory in the final on her home green.

BOWLS: Headington heroes crowned champs in style

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

Headington A clinched the Division 1 title in the Oxford & District League, sponsored by Yarnton Nurseries, with a sparkling 5-1 win at Oxford City & County A.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: Lack of referees frustrate Saints

8:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

Oxford Saints were left disappointed after their BAFA National Central Conference match at Peterborough Stars was postponed due to the lack of a referee crew.

CRICKET: Ferraby keeps Rowant on course for Barbados

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8:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

ASTON Rowant’s hopes of a trip to the Caribbean remain alive after a fantastic knock from Nick Ferraby helped them into the CCC Cup semi-final.

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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