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.
4:26pm Friday 28th August 2015
OXFORDSHIRE’S Bradley Smith was third fastest after the first day of free practice at the British MotoGP at Silverstone today.
3:40pm Friday 28th August 2015
GREAT & Little Tew’s promotion hopes were given a big boost when tomorrow's scheduled opponents Dinton handed them a walkover.
12:00pm Friday 28th August 2015
JOSH Ruffels believes the increased competition in midfield has made him a better player, even though he is not getting in the side.
9:30am Friday 28th August 2015
ALEX MacDonald is working on making improvements in his game after admitting he is suffering a frustrating start to the season with Oxford United.
9:20am Friday 28th August 2015
ON the final whistle tomorrow Oxford United will know without consulting the league table whether they are ahead of schedule, or playing catch-up.
9:00am Friday 28th August 2015
OXFORD United are cautiously optimistic ahead of the results from a scan on Sam Long’s injured ankle today.
8:30am Friday 28th August 2015
DAVID King will be included in Oxford City’s squad for the first time as they host bottom side Weston-super-Mare in Vanarama National League South tomorrow afternoon.
8:00am Friday 28th August 2015
OXFORD United supporters are being encouraged to dig out shirts from the back of their wardrobe to take part in retro day.
7:30am Friday 28th August 2015
WANTAGE Town boss Daniel Barry believes his side are underdogs in tonight's derby at home to Didcot Town in the Emirates FA Cup preliminary round (7.45).
7:30am Friday 28th August 2015
YEOVIL Town will head to the Kassam Stadium in a very different mood after claiming their first win of the season.