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).

Liam Sercombe loving life at Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

12:30pm Monday 5th October 2015

LIAM Sercombe declared he is having the time of his footballing life at Oxford United after scoring two late goals in a 3-1 victory at Accrington Stanley.

Oxford United fans' chat

Oxford Mail:

11:59am Monday 5th October 2015

Have your say on the main talking points at Oxford United in our 60-minute interactive discussion for supporters.

Back-to-back wins 'almost perfect', says Oxford United head coach Michael Appleton

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Monday 5th October 2015

MICHAEL Appleton hailed an “almost perfect” week as Oxford United added a 3-1 win at Accrington Stanley to their midweek victory at York City.

FOOTBALL: Justin Merritt full of praise for Oxford City

Oxford Mail:

8:10am Monday 5th October 2015

JUSTIN Merritt hailed Oxford City after their 4-0 win at Chelmsford City in Vanarama National League South.

FOOTBALL: Abingdon United's goal drought continues

Oxford Mail: football generic

8:00am Monday 5th October 2015

Abingdon United extended their goalless run to three gameswhen they lost 4-0 away to Binfield in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division on Saturday.

Oxford United's finishing was key, says John Coleman

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Monday 5th October 2015

OXFORD United’s clinical edge in the final third was key to their victory, according to beaten Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman.

FOOTBALL: Williams's first-half hat-trick sparks North Leigh's derby victory

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Monday 5th October 2015

A superb first-half hat-trick by Morgan Williams gave North Leigh a 4-2 victory away to Bishops Cleeve in the preliminary round of the FA Trophy on Saturday.

FOOTBALL: Stunning Oxford City go on rampage in stunning second half + VIDEO

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Monday 5th October 2015

Dominant Oxford City hit four second-half goals at Chelmsford City to strengthen their hold on second place in Vanarama National League South with a 4-0 win.

VIDEO: Watch highlights from Oxford United's win at Accrington Stanley

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Sunday 4th October 2015

SEE the key moments as Oxford United won for the second time on the road in the space of five days with a 3-1 success at Accrington Stanley.

Accrington Stanley 1 (Crooks 70), Oxford Utd 3 (O'Dowda 21, Sercombe 79 & 87)

Oxford Mail:

4:57pm Saturday 3rd October 2015

LIAM Sercombe scored twice in the final 11 minutes to give Oxford United their second away victory in five days.


© Copyright 2001-2015 Newsquest Media Group

Oxford Mail: site_logo

Click 2 Find Business Directory