CRICKET: Cater and Darby sparkle to put Oxon in command

8:00am Tuesday 8th July 2014

Jonny Cater hit an unbeaten century and Hugo Darby fell one run short of a ton on his debut as Oxfordshire took control on day two of their Unicorns Counties Championship Western Division clash against Shropshire at Bridgnorth.

Cater made 117 not out as Oxon passed 300 for the first time this season by reaching 323-6 to establish a first-innings lead of 39 runs.

Oxfordshire then reduced Shropshire to 184-7 in their second innings, leaving the hosts with a precarious lead of 145.

Resuming on 94-2, Oxon lost Lloyd Sabin without addition to his overnight 24 when he skied a catch to James Ralph at mid-on off Gurman Randhawa.

But Cater was then joined by Durham MCCU batsman Darby, who lives in Oxford, in a fourth-wicket stand of 154.

Darby hadn’t given a chance until he reached 99 when he agonisingly chopped a delivery from off-spinner Ralph into his stumps.

His runs had come off 215 balls with fours boundaries and one six.

Jamie Perkin was bowled by Randhawa one run later, but Chad Keegan smashed 40 off 20 balls as Oxon swept past Shropshire’s 284, before the stand-in skipper was caught behind off Ralph.

It left Cater undefeated at the close, with his chanceless innings coming off 143 balls with 13 fours and one six.

Keegan then got stuck into Shropshire with the ball, bowling Steve Leach for five.

Francois Vainker trapped fellow opener Joe Carrasco lbw with his left-arm spin, before Adrian Evans and Ryan Lockley shared a stand of 102 for the third wicket.

But the breakthough came when Evans edged a delivery from 15-year-old left-arm spinner Lloyd Belcher into Cater’s gloves for 52 and Lockley followed soon afterwards for 57.

And Belcher was again involved, taking a good catch at deep square leg off Keegan.

Sabin then reacted smartly to run out Omar Ali with a throw to Cater from mid-wicket, before Keegan ripped through Ralph’s defences for his third victim to leave Shropshire 162-6.

Belcher then struck a big blow in the last over when he had Randhawa caught by Keegan at short leg.

It saw Oxfordshire’s all-time youngest player finish the day with admirable figures of 2-32 from 18.3 well-controlled overs.

Scores: Shropshire 284 & 184-7 (R Lockley 57, A Evans 52), Oxfordshire 323-6 (J Cater 117no, H Darby 99).

AUNT SALLY: Craig Greenough stars but fails to spark Garsington Sports A win

Oxford Mail:

6:20am Wednesday 29th July 2015

CRAIG Greenough’s 15-doll haul was not enough for Garsington Sports A as they lost 3-0 at home to New Club A, writes ANDY BEAL.

AUNT SALLY: Rose Hill Club A knocked off top spot in Section 2

Oxford Mail:

6:10am Wednesday 29th July 2015

ROSE Hill Club A crashed to a 2-1 defeat against Kennington Social Club to lose top spot in Section 2.

RUGBY UNION: Jez Hicks calls time after 15 years at Witney

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Wednesday 29th July 2015

FORMER Witney captain Jez Hicks admits he will miss playing for his hometown club, but says it is the right time to hang up his boots, writes Jack Johnson.

Thame Utd 0, Oxford Utd 4

Oxford Mail:

9:15pm Tuesday 28th July 2015

PATRICK Hoban scored twice as Oxford United eased past Thame United 4-0 in a pre-season friendly at the ASM Stadium.

Oxford United boss Appleton envisages no new signings before season starts

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Tuesday 28th July 2015

Michael Appleton believes it is highly unlikely Oxford United will add to their squad before the start of the season.

Oxford United Women waste chance to tame Lionesses

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 28th July 2015

LES Taylor was disappointed Oxford United Women were unable to finish Millwall Lionesses off in a 2-2 draw in FA Women’s Super League 2.

ICE HOCKEY: Oxford City Stars sign up Oliver brothers

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 28th July 2015

THE Oliver brothers join Joe Edwards and Dax Hedges as the last batch of existing Oxford City Stars players to be confirmed on their roster for next season.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Oxford's rally comes too late in 'home' clash

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 28th July 2015

A STRONG finish was in vain for Oxford RL as Barrow Raiders ran out 34-22 winners in their Kingstone Press League 1 clash.

CRICKET: Oxon record-breaker Ward meets predecessor Thompson

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 28th July 2015

Harrison Ward, who has just become the youngest Oxfordshire batsman to score a Unicorns Counties Championship century, met up with Ben Thompson, the player whose 17-year record he beat.

GOLF: Amputee picks up tenth ace - just five years after picking up a club

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 28th July 2015

ANDY Gardiner has reached a rare golfing milestone, by recording his tenth holein-one just five years after taking up the sport.

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