Horspath will open their bid to bounce straight back to the Serious Cricket Home Counties Premier League with a trip to Great & Little Tew when the Cherwell League gets under way on Saturday, May 12.

Oxford Downs, who finished runners-up to Shipton-under-Wychwood last season when the top two swapped places on an extraordinary last day of the campaign, start off at Cumnor as they attempt to go one better.

Great Brickhill, last season’s Division 2 champions, open up at Banbury 2nd, who went up with them as runners-up last season and whose club have since merged with Banbury Twenty.

Newcomers Horley, last year’s Oxfordshire Cricket Association champions, visit Didcot in Division 5 after being accepted into the league.


(Saturday, May 12, top three divisions).

Div 1: Banbury 2nd v Great Brickhill, Buckingham v Bletchley Tn, Cumnor v Oxford Downs, Great & Little Tew v Horspath, Leighton Buzzard v Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts.

Div 2: Long Marston v Challow & Childrey, Oxford 2nd v Sandford St Martin, Oxford Downs 2nd v Aston Rowant 2nd, Twyford v Tiddington, Wolverton v Abingdon Vale.

Div 3: Banbury 3rd v Witney Mills, Chearlsey v Bledlow Ridge, Cropredy v Bicester & North Oxford, Dinton 2nd v Shipton-under-Wychwood 2nd, Kingston Bagpuize v Bledlow Village.

* Jason Harrison, who caused a surprise when he quit as captain and coach of Oxford CC just before Christmas, has acquired another coaching role.

The 40-year-old former Middlesex batsman has become head coach at Beaconsfield, who play in Division 1 of the Morrant Thames Valley League.

Harrison, the current Bucks captain, led Oxford to the Home Counties Premier League title during his five years there, something he had already achieved with High Wycombe.

* Didcot CC have agreed a new shirt sponsorship deal with the Orchard Centre in the town.

The club have also teamed up with local web design company Twenty3Design to launch a new website.

Winter training is held on Sunday mornings at Radley College Sports Centre between 9-11am.

* Great & Little Tew CC are looking for home fixtures for three teams on Saturday, April 21. Contact Dave Freeman on 07977 406299.

* OCA team Wolvercote CC are looking for new members. Contact David Quinn on 01865 514008 or email quinnd@hotmail.co.uk