CRICKET: Oxfordshire set up chance of campaign's first victory

Oxfordshire’s Shabaz Alam gets a big stride in to crack this delivery away for four during his innings of 29 against Berkshire

Oxfordshire’s Shabaz Alam gets a big stride in to crack this delivery away for four during his innings of 29 against Berkshire

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Oxfordshire set up the chance of a first Unicorns Counties Championship Western Division win of the season by taking charge of their basement battle against Berkshire at Great & Little Tew.

Luke Ryan’s side finished day two with a lead of 252 runs, with five second-innings wickets remaining.

The start was delayed for 20 minutes due to rain.

But Oxon quickly made up for lost time with Chad Keegan bowling opener Harry Stephens without adding to his overnight 69 as Berkshire resumed their first innings on 126-2 in reply to the hosts’ 227.

Brothers Richard and James Morris fell lbw to Karl Penhale and Keegan respectively, with the score on 131.

Keegan then ran out Stewart Davison as he went for a suicidal second run to make it 152-6.

Liam Manley bowled And-rew Rishton, and Ryan took two wickets in two balls with Matt Carter caught by Lloyd Sabin at mid-wicket and Richard Kaufman pouching Robert Williams at first slip.

It was left to Francois Vainker to trap Gurveer Singh lbw as Berkshire were all out for 206, leaving Oxon with a lead of 21.

A 50-minute break for rain preceded Oxon’s second innings, and Sabin was soon heading back to the pavilion after falling lbw to Williams.

Shabaz Alam made 29 before he edged a delivery from off-spinner Stephens to Simon Macey at slip.

And when Kaufman was caught behind by Davison off Waqas Hussain, and Hugo Darby went in identical fashion to Alam, Oxon were wobbling at 76-4 at tea.

But Jonny Cater hit a fluent 70 off 68 balls, which included nine fours and two sixes, before he was caught behind off Hussain.

With Chris Watling playing a sheet anchor role for an unbeaten 48, Keegan smashed 41 not out, including one six to deep mid-wicket, which crashed through the rear window of a parked car.

Scores: Oxfordshire 227 & 231-5 (J Cater 70), Berkshire 206 (H Stephens 69).

Oxford Utd 0, Stevenage 0

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OXFORD United produced an entertaining display but had to settle for a draw as they were unable to find a way past a dogged Stevenage.

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Oxford United Wright issues warning

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9:30am Saturday 20th September 2014

Jake Wright believes it will be key for Oxford United to avoid getting dragged into a physical contest if they are to build on a midweek win when Stevenage visit today.

Oxford duo Hylton and Howard set to receive green light

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

Top scorer Danny Hylton and Brian Howard are expected to have recovered from midweek knocks to start for Oxford United today.

RUGBY UNION: Welsh form must come first for Tongan Taione

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8:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

TAIONE Vea says he can’t let playing in the World Cup with Tonga distract him from London Welsh’s Aviva Premiership challenge.

CRICKET: Brown set for Uganda trip

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8:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

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CRICKET: Freeman is rewarded for courage

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8:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

Banbury's Amy Freeman has won the CMJ Spirit of Cricket Girls’ Award.

RACING: Young charges have Hill excited about the future

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8:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

With a fresh intake of young horses, Lawney Hill is hoping her Aston Rowant stables will continue to flourish as the jumps season prepares to move up a notch.

RACING: Eve hearing date is set

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A British Horseracing Authority hearing into the positive morphine test provided by Charlie Wells, from Eve Johnson Houghton’s Blewbury stables, near Didcot, will take place on October 16.

 

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