OXFORD have been boosted by the return of overseas star Samad Fallah for their home clash with Burnham tomorrow.

The Indian left-arm seamer was due to arrive yesterday and goes straight into the squad for the Division 2 fixture.

Fallah, who took 97 wickets for Oxford across 2016 and 2017, did not feature for the club last season due to issues with his visa.

His return means captain Jamie Perkin will have to change a side which has won both of their opening Home Counties Premier League games, but he is enthused by the competition for places.

“It’s obviously a massive boost,” he said. “But it means someone who has been performing really well has to miss out.

“I’ve been looking for this for a few years – a squad of 14 or 15 players – and I think we’ve finally got that, so that can only be a good thing.”

Oxford’s changes are forced this weekend as Calvin Dickinson and Freddie Simon are both unavailable, so Fallah and Ollie Price, who will make his debut after signing from Great & Little Tew, come in.

George Sandbach is feeling confident Oxford Downs can continue their 100 per cent start at home to Harefield.

The newly-promoted side have had an impressive opening two weeks.

And skipper Sandbach believes a carbon copy of the performance which beat Wokingham by 125 runs last week should do the trick.

He said: “We were excellent in all three departments and so are looking to replicate that again.

“Our bowling was on point and as long as we can be disciplined with the ball then we feel very confident to get another win.”

Downs make three changes with Chris Sandbach, Freddie Smith and Harry Sutton coming in for Nick Rivett, Brad Airey and Tom Costley.

Thame Town bid to build on their first win of the season when they welcome Wokingham to Church Meadow.

Michael Beard will be hoping his side can show further improvement from their three-wicket victory at Cookham Dean.

Banbury skipper Lloyd Sabin expects Joe White to be out for at least a month through injury.

The opener retired hurt against Horspath, stretching ligaments in his knee.

It is far from ideal for White, who joined from Great & Little Tew, and Sabin is hoping he can make a quick return.

He said: “Joe’s out for probably four weeks.

“It’s a bit of a nightmare for him. He wanted to get his season up and running.

“He’s not had too much time at the crease, so last Saturday was perfect for him.

“Hopefully he can recover quickly and can get stuck in again.”

Richard West is unavailable meaning Banbury are forced into two changes for their Division 1 home clash against Henley, with Ed Phillips and Tom Bartlett stepping up from the 2nd XI.

Will Eason is calling on Horspath to show improvement when they travel to last year’s runners-up Slough.

The skipper was disappointed with elements of the defeat to Banbury.

And Eason knows his side cannot afford to take a winless Slough side lightly tomorrow.

“We played well in small periods last week, which at this level is not enough to win games,” he said.

“We didn’t deserve to win and we need to improve this week.”

Horspath make two changes with Milly Faruq and Tom Cosford replacing Will Robertson (groin) and Dom O’Connor, who returns to his captaincy duties for the 2nd XI.

Aston Rowant will be aiming to pick up their first win of the season when they travel to bottom side Tring Park.


Oxford (v Burnham, home): Tong-Jones, Eltham, Perkin, Ayub, Swanepoel, Mendis, Musk, Keat, Humphreys, Fallah, Price.

Oxford Downs (v Harefield, home): Watts, Smith, C Sandbach, G Sandbach, Rafiq, Ellwood, Slatter, Crouch, Sillars, Sutton, Brock.

Banbury (v Henley, home): Sabin, Clarke, Yousaf, Hill, Tait, Rana, Wright, Beer, Thomas, Phillips, Bartlett.

Horspath (v Slough, away): Coleman, Phillips, Brown, R Eason, Parmar, W Eason, Skelton, Belcher, Rafiq, Faruq, Cosford.