Oxford have been decimated by unavailability for their Division 1 clash against joint leaders Burnham at Roman Way tomorrow.
Skipper Ian Crosby is missing six players, with paceman Stuart Hole on his stag weekend in Barcelona where he will be accompanied by county batsman Jamie Perkin.
Francois Vainker is at his grandad’s 90th birthday celebration in France, while Andrew Clough is working, Abidine Sakande has exams and Dan Bowyer is at a wedding.
Batsman Alex Morgan and opening bowler Freddie Simon come in for their debuts, with Vishane Perera and John Barrett returning.
Reflecting on his selection problems ahead of tomorrow when matches revert to the longer format with the draw coming into play, Crosby said: “Obviously it’s been a hard week.
“The lads that are coming in will get an opportunity and hopefully will prove a point and stay in for the future. They are all good players.”
Gloucestershire off-spinner Miles Hammond returns to Aston Row-ant’s line-up for the trip to joint leaders Banbury.
He comes into the side for the unavailable Nick Ferraby, while Josh Smith replaces Gordon Harris, who suffered a side strain in last week’s seven-wicket home win over Oxford.
Batsman Dan Harris is unavailable for Banbury, with Ed Phillips taking his place.
His brother, captain Jimmy Phillips, believes his side should continue to prosper with the change in format.
“Historically that format suits us,” he said. “Last season when they split the league tables we were top in the longer format games.
“We have our spinners who can now bowl longer spells.”
All-rounder Pat Foster is back for Horspath’s top-of-the-table trip to Division 2 leaders Reading.
He comes into the side in place of Mark Skelton, who drops down to the 2nd XI.
Skipper Will Eason commented: “Obviously Reading have had a really good start as well, and it’s a good challenge to see where we are.”
Great & Little Tew give a debut to left-arm seamer Lawrence Brock for their game with Amersham at the Gordon Taylor Oval.
Ashley Hubbert and Matt Clark come back in with Ian Bryan and Robbie Shurmer unavailable, and Robbie Catling dropping down to the 2nd XI.
Skipper Simon Hole misses Shipton-under-Wychwood’s home game with Cove as he is on his brother Simon’s stag weekend.
Ross Barrett is also unavailable, while Jeremy Kirby drops down to the 2nd XI.
Charlie Brain takes over as skipper, with Joe Barrett, Calvin Dickinson and Craig Wood returning to the side.
Banbury (v Aston Rowant, home): Sabin, Ryan, Haupt, Cater, Bartlett, West, Hawkes, E Phillips, Blanchard, J Phillips (capt), Manley.
Aston Rowant (v Banbury, away): Morgan, J Smith, Hopwood, Leon, Watling, Morrick (capt), Hammond, Cook, Penhale, Muttitt, Cooper.
Oxford (v Burnham, home): Morgan, Perera, Laudat, J Barrett, Mendis, Crosby (capt), Davies, Beer, I Evans, Sutherland, Simon.
Great & Little Tew (v Amersham, home): White, Jordan Garrett, Smith, Slatter, Josh Garrett, Hubbert, Lloyd Brock, Woods, Harris (capt), Lawrence Brock, Clark.
Horspath (v Reading, away): R Eason, Cutter, Phillips, Ali, Foster, W Eason (capt), Wynd, Conradie, Faruq, Krol, Belcher.
Shipton-under-Wychwood (v Cove, home): J Barrett, Charlie Brain (capt), Wood, Dickinson, Sanklecha, Senior, Lewis, Cross, Seacole, Newhook, Miller.
6:50am Saturday 5th September 2015
ZAC Payne battled through wet conditions to win the British Riders Championship, capping a stunning breakthrough season.
6:50am Saturday 5th September 2015
OXFORD City Stars face London Haringey Racers in a pre-season friendly tomorrow (6.15) as they prepare for the new English National League South Division 1 season.
6:40am Saturday 5th September 2015
OXFORDSHIRE Girls Under 15s won a thrilling third-place play-off with five balls to spare to beat Kent in the Royal London County Cup finals by three wickets.
6:30am Saturday 5th September 2015
MATRIX Talisman Blue clinched the Oxford Summer League title when coming second in the final round on the Thames at Medley and Folly.
6:20am Saturday 5th September 2015
TOM Webb has confirmed his place as one of the strongest juniors in Britain after finishing fourth at a national competition in Belfast.
6:10am Saturday 5th September 2015
FOUR members of Didcot Taekwon-Do Club claimed five bronze medals for England at the ITF World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
6:00am Saturday 5th September 2015
CHIPPY Trixsters’ Peewee team impressed on their European debut in Delémont, Switzerland, for the IISHF European Championships.
6:00am Friday 4th September 2015
BENJI Buchel will undergo a medical this morning to complete his protracted move to Oxford United.
2:00pm Friday 4th September 2015
A PAIR of Oxford United old boys are eagerly awaiting coming up against their former employers for the first time on Sunday.
12:00pm Friday 4th September 2015
MICHAEL Appleton is hoping Oxford United can make amends for their televised nightmare last season when they face Bristol Rovers this weekend.