CRICKET: Skipper Ryan backs Oxfordshire to march on

Nathan Hawkes returns for Oxfordshire’s quarter-final against Cumberland

Nathan Hawkes returns for Oxfordshire’s quarter-final against Cumberland

First published in Sport by , Sports reporter specialising in horse racing. Call me on 01865 425453

Skipper Luke Ryan is confident Oxfordshire can send Cumberland packing in the Unicorns Counties Trophy quarter-final at Bicester & North Oxford on Sunday (11am).

Oxon have reached the last eight by winning their four group games.

And Ryan is able to name a full-strength side with Banbury’s destructive batsman, Nathan Hawkes, who has been unavailable until now, returning in place of Damian Shirazi.

The captain said: “He is a terrific batter at this level and can win a game on his own.

“It is fantastic to have him in the side and really strengthens our batting.”

And he added: “We are playing good one-day cricket at the moment and I would take us to beat any Minor Counties side on the day.

“We have really got ourselves sorted in one-day cricket with our roles and responsibilities and everyone has played a part.

“We are in a great place to nail the quarter-final.”

Hawkes will bat at No 3, with Lloyd Sabin stepping up to join Richard Kaufman in opening the innings.

A feature of Oxfordshire’s displays this season has been the depth of their batting, and Ryan believes that stands them in good stead for their latest test.

“We have lost a couple of wicket early on and our middle to lower order have stepped up and scored quickly with over 100 runs in the last ten overs on a couple of occasions to get us up to competitive totals,” he said.

Ryan admitted to not knowing much about Cumberland’s side apart from the fact they include Gary Pratt, who is famous for running out Australia captain Ricky Ponting while on the pitch as a substitute fielder in the Ashes Test at Trent Bridge in 2005.

But he added: “They are probably an experienced side that have played a lot of league cricket up there.”

Oxfordshire: L Ryan (capt), A Blanchard, J Cater, N Hawkes (all Banbury), R Kaufman (Old Northamptonians), C Keegan (Henley), L Manley (Banbury), K Penhale (Aston Rowant), L Sabin (Banbury), C Watling (Aston Rowant), R West (Banbury).

Johnny Mullins calls for a repeat show when Oxford United travel to Portsmouth

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 28th February 2015

JOHNNY Mullins says memories of last season’s terrific win at Portsmouth will be in his mind as Oxford United attempt to pull off a repeat this afternoon.

DARTS: Deta Hedman sees off Trina Gulliver

Oxford Mail: Deta Hedman has set her sights on bringing the world championship trophy back to Oxfordshire

8:00am Saturday 28th February 2015

Oxfordshire's Deta Hedman battled past old rival Trina Gulliver, the nine-time world champion, 4-2 in the BDO World Trophy first round at EventCity, Manchester.

ICE HOCKEY: Mike Whillock in Oxford City Stars boost

Oxford Mail: Mike Whillock will play for Stars against Basingtoke Buffalo

8:00am Saturday 28th February 2015

Oxford City Stars are lifted by the return of Mike Whillock for their South Division 1 match at home to Bracknell Hornets tonight (7.30).

MOTORSPORT: Marussia in team list for 2015 season

Oxford Mail: REVVED UP: Marussia's Max Chilton races around a circuit. His Formula One team has worked with Sage Group

8:00am Saturday 28th February 2015

Marussia have been named on a ten-team entry list for the start of the 2015 Formula 1 season.

BIATHLON: Talented teenager Rees-Lay lands treble gold medal haul

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 28th February 2015

Oxfordshire's Holly Rees-Lay was celebrating after striking gold three times in the British Biathlon Championships in Ruhpolding, Germany.

ANGLING: Jez Reid on top of perch in North Oxford cup

8:00am Saturday 28th February 2015

Jez Reid finished on top when North Oxford AS an - glers contested the Wally Harper Cup at Godstow.

UNIVERSITY SPORT: Sam Trigg fights off illness for gold

8:00am Saturday 28th February 2015

Oxford University triple jumper Sam Trigg fought of an illness to clinch his first BUCS Nationals gold medal in Sheffield.

TABLE TENNIS: Holton's hopes of title are still alive

Oxford Mail: table tennis bat and ball close up for sport

8:00am Saturday 28th February 2015

Holton A kept up their chances of retaining their Oxford & District Associa - tion Division 1 title with a 10-0 drubbing of Forum C.

RUGBY UNION: Rob Lewis comes in at scrum half as Piri Weepu departs London Welsh for Wasps

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 28th February 2015

Rob Lewis will fill the vacancy at scrum half left by the departure of Piri Weepu for London Welsh’s Aviva Premiership bottom-of-the-table clash with London Irish at Oxford’s Kassam Stadium today (2.30).

RUGBY UNION: London Welsh must retain their enthusiasm, says Carl Kirwan

Oxford Mail: Carl Kirwan will lead London Welsh

8:00am Saturday 28th February 2015

Carl Kirwan believes London Welsh must show the same energy and desire of recent weeks against London Irish today (2.30pm) to stand a chance of breaking their miserable run, writes JACK JOHNSON.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree