Very Sad News - Steve Wheeler - Photographer for the OCA and Oxford Mail
It is with sadness that we advise of the sudden death of Steve Wheeler this morning.. There is no doubt that he will be missed by so many players who knew him, and his support and committment to the OCA will be remembered for a very long time.
Please see below a tribute written by Kieren Bushnell who knew him as a friend over many years and in different sports:
He was a larger than life character – a true character – and was my good good friend.
The word legend is used far too often these days – but Steve Wheeler WAS a legend.
Whether it was traipsing around a cross country league running course in the middle of January or taking those wonderful photographs of Oxfordshire cricketers in the middle of the hottest day of the year – Steve was as much a part of Oxfordshire sport as many of the legends that have graced this county.
Whether it was covering a youth league football match, or, his biggest passion, the Oxfordshire Rugby final, Steve was knowledgeable, likeable, passionate, and above all, a TRUE friend of Oxfordshire.
He talked a good game, but he also walked the walk. His passion knew no boundaries. It didn’t matter what sport he was covering, he put as much effort, commitment and professionalism into it.
For me though, Steve was first and foremost a friend. A real friend. Someone whom I spent many happy hours with at countless presentation evenings, football matches, cricket matches, and car journeys.
And those car journeys invariably involved me listening (I could never get a word in edgeways!) to Steve’s passion. Oxfordshire sport.
Steve was more than just a photographer to me. He was more than just a friend.
Steve was one of those very few people in my life that has inspired me.
He inspired me to try and get into sports journalism full time. Back in the 1990s when he used to come to Witney Town, he used to say to me “you know how to write” – why don’t you try and do it for a living.
“I can’t,” I’d tell him. “I don’t have any qualifications in journalism.”
“I don’t have any qualifications either,” he’d say. “But I just love my sport. I’ll do this for the rest of my life. You should give it a go, you will regret it if you don't."
And how true that was. Over the next 25 years, Steve would be almost a fixture and fitting of Oxfordshire sport.
Where-ever there was a big sporting event, Steve would invariably be there.
Whether it was booking in for lunch at Radley College when covering a county cricket match, or phoning me to arrange his lift to the next OCA dinner, Steve was there.
Steve has always been there. He is OXFORDSHIRE. He always will be.
His photographs will live on, forever. I will remember with a fond smile the time we got stuck (in his brand new Audi) in the mud at a cross country league meeting in Swindon.
“You’ll have to get out and push,” he said. “But Steve, I’ve got my best trousers and shoes on.”
“Well we’ll be here until next year’s race then.”
Out I got, and push I did, helped by a couple of the early finishers…….And we did get back to Oxford – and as usual he turned around some fantastic photographs, capturing the joys and the despairs of a sporting event.
That WAS Steve. Hard working, funny, gregarious, and most of all, my friend.
Steve, I will never forget you. I will never forget the scrapes we got into.
I will never forget the day that you ate the lunch that the Buckinghamshire coach had just dished up for himself.
You were a funny, amazing, talented man, a man I am truly proud to have called one of my few true friends.
Rest in peace my friend, until we meet again.
County and OCA Welfare Officer
Please be advised that as from the 30 September 2017, Michael Geeson-Brown is no longer County and OCA Welfare Officer.
We understand that the OCB will be advising us who will take his place, when an appointment has been made.
2017 OCA Presentation Evening - Friday 10th November - ALL INFORMATION
The date is Friday 10th November 2017 and the venue the Kassam Conference Centre. This year we plan to start earlier and hope to be seated by 7.30pm, so that we finish in a reasonable time without rushing things through.
The cost per person will be the same as last year: £32.50 for a three course meal (excluding drinks)
This is open to all OCA club members, umpires, friends and familes, and not necessarily just the clubs who have won something - all are welcome.
Full information is now listed under 'administration' on the OCA website and this can be downloaded if YOU wish to book seats for the dinner.
Club contacts have been advised of the details and will hopefully provide number of places they require by the 22nd October 2017.
New Laws of Cricket - MCC Online Laws course available to all.
MCC has just released its new online Laws of Cricket resource to complement the newly issued 2017 Code of the Laws of Cricket.
The site takes you through each Law, with explanations and examples.
This is available to anyone with an interest in cricket and is really essential viewing for umpires, captains, players and coaches alike.
To take advantage of the free resource sign up here:
Ground Availability forms for 2018
Just to advise that these will not be sent out until later this year, as the fixtures will not be worked on until early in 2018, so clubs can expect to receive forms in late November/Early December 2017.
New Laws of Cricket 2017
With the 2017 season put to bed the MCC have published the new Code of Laws which will come into play in the 2018 season in England.
In the Administration Section below you will find links to the complete new Laws and a summary paper on the changes.
These will be discussed at various venues throughout the area over the closed season so keep an eye out for dates
Information on Closing Down your grounds at the end of the season.
Clubs have been asking for advice on End of Season Renovation so the information below will prove very useful to all Grounds persons.
OCA Cricket Committee
Cricket Renovations - The Basics a few ideas
The message is clear skimp at your own peril, because neglect in the autumn renovation programme will mean inferior pitches the following season. Andy Mackay, Head Groundsman at Sussex CCC provides an in-depth guide to end of season renovations:
Go to this link:
Winners and Runners Up for the 2017 season
Now that all the matches have been completed, here is the list of the Divisional winners and Runners Up...well done to all the teams....
Division One: Charlbury and Faringdon
Division Two: Wootton & BH and Witney Swifts
Division Three: Stanton Harcourt and Middleton Cheney
Division Four: Brill and Bampton
Division Five: Hook Norton and Combe
Division Six: Shrivenham and Charlbury II
Division Seven: Yarnton & Cowley and Middleton Cheney II
Division Eight N: Risinghurst II and Wolvercote III
Division Eight S: Dorchester II and Chalgrove
'Revised' date for the Oxfordshire Cricket Association AGM...
Please note that the date in the 2017 handbook for the above AGM is NOT correct....The revised date is on Thursday 30th November at 7.30pm.
OCA v Cherwell League Representative Match (League Challenge Cup 2017) Result...
This has been added to the Administration section on the home page of the OCA website, and can be downloaded if anyone is interested - We should be - four wins in four years - fantastic achievement!!
Well done to all who have participated in these games.
For all umpires and captains - some clarification of playing regulations
Please see document in the Administration section below for information
Changes to MCC Laws of Cricket
Some of you will no doubt have seen press releases from MCC regarding changes to the Laws of Cricket and quite a lot of publicity given to a “Red and Yellow Card” system for umpires.
Please note that these are due for publication in full and implementation in October 2017 and so will NOT come into play this coming season.
There have been no changes to the Laws by MCC for the 2017 season from what was in place for the 2016 season.
For a taster of what is to come see: https://www.lords.org/news/2017/march/mcc-announces-new-code-of-laws/