TWO Oxfordshire cricketers will fly the flag for England this weekend.

Neil Megson and Shaun Miller have been called up to their country’s Over 50 side for an international match against Wales in Neath.

Both were stunned at the news, but proud to get the chance to represent their nation.

“I think it is definitely a case of right place at right time, but I am obviously delighted,” said Megson, a stalwart of Banbury Cricket Club and one of the most popular players on the local circuit.

“Yorkshire and Gloucestershire have to replay their Over 50 Championship match, which means both wicket-keepers and I think four other players are now not available.

“When Oxfordshire beat Kent a fortnight or so ago, an England selector was there and I had a good match, as did Shaun, so we obviously came into their thoughts for this.”

He added: “When I got the call and was asked whether I would be able to play for England I couldn’t say yes quick enough.

“If the match was being played on Pluto I would find a way of getting there!”

Megson has been selected for Oxfordshire at every age group level.

“I started as a county junior and played in each team through the whole system,” he said.

“I have represented Oxfordshire in everything apart from Minor Counties – I did play some one-day and two-day matches for the senior side though – and have always been proud to represent my county.

“But obviously playing for my country is just amazing.

“The weather does not look great, but hopefully we can get out there for a bit, just so I can say I have played for England.”

Miller, still playing in Division 1 of the Cherwell League with Shipton-under-Wychwood, shared the sentiments of his international teammate.

The left-arm spinner has played for his club side at Lord’s, but after enduring several tough seasons which have seen the west Oxfordshire side struggling for victories, admitted his enjoyment of the sport had waned.

However, his inclusion in the county’s Over 50 side since reaching his half-century two years ago has given him renewed enthusiasm.

“Of course I am very proud,” he said.

“When you get to your late 40s and you’re not the player you were, you do question carrying on because there aren’t really many big occasions to look forward to.

“But the Over 50s has given me a new lease of life and playing for Oxfordshire has been a really big thing for me.”

He added: “To get an England call is a great honour. Like Neil, I just hope the weather holds and we get the chance to play.”