OXFORD have vowed to learn the lessons from last week’s defeat when they entertain Slough in Division 1 of the Home Counties Premier League tomorrow.

Jamie Perkin’s side looked like securing a handsome victory away to High Wycombe, but the leaders recovered from 65-5 to reach their target of 201 with three wickets to spare.

“We’re a young side and we showed our inexperience by playing some poor cricket,” said Perkin, who at 28 is the third oldest member of the team.

“But hopefully we will learn from these mistakes over time and improve.”

Oxford will be without Calvin Dickinson, who is required by Hampshire, so last year’s skipper John Barrett comes into the side.

“This means I’ll have to keep,” said Perkin, whose team will be hopeful of ending a run of four defeats in five games.

Both hosts Thame Town and Banbury are unchanged for their derby clash, after contrasting starts to the season.

Banbury are third after seamer Brad Taylor’s five-wicket haul helped them beat Horspath by 84 runs last week.

“Brad’s come on a lot this season,” said his skipper Lloyd Sabin.

“Last year, he was putting four deliveries an over in the right spot, now it’s virtually every ball, and he’s reaping the reward.

“I’ve never played at Thame before, but hopefully we will put in another solid performance and hopefully that will be enough.”

By contrast, Thame are bottom after suffering four defeats in a row.

“We’ve played well in patches,” explained captain Michael Beard.

“But we’ve got to compete for whole games and

hopefully get back to winning ways.”

Horspath, who fielded a depleted batting line-up last week, are at near full strength for the trip to Henley.

Skipper Will Eason is back along with Mark Skelton and Tom Cosford – who were both ill last week – while James Fitzjohn returns from school commitments.

“Henley have the strongest squad in the league and I’m slightly surprised by their slow start,” said Horspath’s Robbie Eason.

“But we relish being underdogs and are really looking forward to the game.”

Second-placed Aston Rowant are missing spinners Adam Muttitt and Sasha Barras, but still field a balanced attack at home to Tring Park.

“We still have Will Pendered and Dan Moriarty to bowl left-arm spin,” said Chris Watling.

“We’ve had a good start to the season – it’s a matter of keeping the level up.”

Anupam Sanklecha is hoping that a switch in format will change the fortunes of his Shipton-under-Wychwood side.

After the opening five-match run for 50-50 limited overs matches, the west Oxfordshire team find themselves bottom of Division 2, having lost every game.

They looked like breaking their duck on Saturday when they had Harefield struggling at 74-9, before a half-century last-wicket stand gave them a winning total.

This came after Sanklecha and Scott Harris had finished their ten-over allocations.

There will be no such restrictions tomorrow when Shipton visit fellow strugglers Amerasham.

“The longer game should suit us, but whatever format we play, we have to put bigger totals on the board.

“One encouraging factor, is that we had a good win at Amersham last season.”

Shipton are without veteran spinner Shaun Miller and batsman Steve Bates. They are replaced by Tim Senior and Luke Champion.

Second-placed Great & Little Tew are unchanged for the visit of Wokingham.

“We’ve never played them before, but we’re always comfortable at home,” said Great Tew’s Harry Smith.

The skipper praised left-arm seamer Lawrence Brock, whose five-wicket haul helped Tew beat Dinton by 76 runs last week.

He said: “Lawrence is a wicket-taker, who is in great form and has formed a fine opening bowling partnership with Robbie Shurmer.”


Aston Rowant (v Tring Park, home): Reid, Condon, Tolson, Smith (capt), Watling, Morrick, Moriarty, Pendered, Bethell, Whatman, Harris.

Horspath (v Henley, away): Coleman, R Eason, Fitzjohn, Green, Brown, Skelton, Cosford, W Eason (capt), Robertson, Belcher, Manley.

Oxford (v Slough, home): Tong-Jones, Eltham, Ayub, Perkin (capt), Barrett,, Nutt, Kilpatrick, Mendis, Murphy, Keat, Humphreys.

Thame Tn (v Banbury, home): Russell, Straughan, Kanishka, Beard (capt), Sutcliffe, Adams, Mushtaq, Jeffcock, Higgs, Russell, Khan.

Banbury (v Thame, away): Sabin (capt), Haupt, Clarke, Hill, Adams, West, Rana, Green, Beer, Wright, Taylor.

Shipton-under-Wychwood (v Amersham, away): Wood, Norgrove, Miller, Sanklecha (capt), Senior, Champion, I Harris, Lewis, Rehman, Marstin, S Harris.

Great & Little Tew (v Wokingham, home): Thomas, Smith (capt), Carling, Shurmer, Wyatt, Lloyd Brock, Slatter, White, Bryan, Woodward, Lawrence Brock.