OXFORDSHIRE’S National Counties T20 victory will inspire future generations in the county, says chairman Chris Clements.

In beating Cambridgeshire at Tring CC, Oxfordshire sealed their second national title in just over eight months.

It was also at Tring in September where Oxon lifted the county’s first NCCA Championship for 32 years.

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They started the T20 finals day with a semi-final against Cheshire, winning by 20 runs to reach the final.

Cambridgeshire beat Dorset in the other semi-final and made a strong start in the final against Oxon.

However, Oxon came back and reached the target of 170 with two wickets and four balls to spare.

Clements said captain Jonny Cater’s decision to switch bowler swung the game back in Oxon’s favour and allowed them to slow the game down.

“I’m immensely proud – to have two of the three NCCA trophies in our cabinet is something to celebrate,” said Clements.

“This side is relaxed and has an enormous amount of self-belief.

“All the games I observed had twists and turns in them, and Cambridgeshire got off to a hell of a start, but Jonny changed the bowler and we slowed them down.”

When factoring in the NCCA Championship won in September, Clements went as far to say Oxon is in the midst of a golden age – which is inspiring future generations.

“I think we’re going through a really golden age – there’s the previous golden age which I can revert to in the 1970s and 80s, with the first team,” said Clements.

“Four players of those that played in the final came through from Abingdon and Vale Under 11, with Harrison Ward, Luke Charlesworth and the two Price brothers from the club system.

“I’ve been around a long time now, and what I saw in the group stages and the final day was kids running along with their autograph books – we’re inspiring generations.

“The next thing we want to do is go into state schools and invest in that platform, as that will result in success for us and the women as well.

“We’ve got a mountain to climb as we want to be coaching in all the state schools in the county, that’s where we want to go next.”

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Cater praised his teammates for their efforts throughout the tournament.

He said: “It was another tight game, the boys did well.

“It was important that we were ready for the final, Cambridgeshire set off like a house on fire, I thought we could be in for a hiding.

“The whole campaign has been about people contributing when it really, really matters.”

Oxon reached finals day after winning Group 4, topping the table thanks to Bedfordshire and Berkshire sharing the spoils in their matches.