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).

Oxford United to hold pre-season training camp in Austria

Oxford Mail:

1:00pm Friday 29th May 2015

OXFORD United will spend a week in Austria as part of their pre-season preparations.

FOOTBALL: Pitch woe gives Oxford City a headache

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Friday 29th May 2015

Oxford City have vowed to improve the pitch at their Marsh Lane home after plans to install a 3G artificial surface in time for their National League South debut were shelved write Matthew Bruce and Michael Race.

GOLF: Eddie Pepperell drops late shots

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Friday 29th May 2015

A poor finish scuppered Eddie Pepperell’s opening round at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open yesterday.

CRICKET: Lawrence Brock's pride at taking 9-49

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 29th May 2015

Lawrence Brock revealed that his thoughts were with his grandad, Bernie Brock, who died last October, after he took 9-49 for Great & Little Tew 2nd against Bledlow Village in Cherwell League Division 2.

CRICKET: Stuart Hole to keeper opener's role

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 29th May 2015

Stuart Hole will remain at the top of Shipton-under-Wychwood’s order as they bid to make it four wins out of four in Serious Cricket Home Counties Premier League Division 2 at Gerrards Cross tomorrow.

CRICKET: Banbury geared up for top-of-the-table battle

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 29th May 2015

Banbury are in prime form ahead of tomorrow’s Serious Cricket Home Counties Premier League Division 1 top-of-the-table battle at home to Henley, according to skipper Luke Ryan.

CRICKET: Chad Keegan's experience key to Oxfordshire T20 mission, says Luke Ryan

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 29th May 2015

Skipper Luke Ryan believes Chad Keegan’s experience in the shortest format of the game could prove pivotal as Oxfordshire take part in the inaugural Unicorns Counties T20 competition on Sunday.

CRICKET: Oxfordshire Over 50s edge win

Oxford Mail: cricket generic

8:00am Friday 29th May 2015

Mickey Thomas’s rapid knock saw Oxfordshire win a rain-affected clash with three balls to spare away to Staffordshire in the ECB 50+ County Championship.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Rumford seeks return to form for Oxford RL in All Golds clash

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 29th May 2015

OXFORD RL return to action this weekend hoping a fortnight’s break has allowed them to get a thrashing at Rochdale Hornets out of their system.

TENNIS: Henman in title triumph

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Friday 29th May 2015

HENRY Henman kept up the family tradition with victory in the Henman’s Freeth tournament at Woodstock.

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