Oxfordshire Cricket Association 2017
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celebrating over 100 years of league cricket

With nearly 100 years of history, the Oxfordshire Cricket Association is dedicated to offering competitive result cricket to member clubs and promoting youth involvement in cricket at a grassroots level, all played in a spirit desirable to local cricket.

The league’s progressive rules and constitution puts it in the perfect position to tackle the modern-day challenges facing cricket and those passionate about playing.

New clubs and teams are actively encouraged to join, whether the club has one side, or only certain teams from within a club want to join.

New sides are always placed at the appropriate level within the league system to ensure a competitive, and enjoyable game for everyone.

The Association’s playing conditions and rules are decided by the clubs, and are governed by a committed, experienced and responsive committee of individuals, all of whom have been involved in local cricket for many years.

The committee provide training courses to improve ground and umpiring standards, to ensure that two neutral umpires officiate every game with the best facilities possible.

The OCA is currently accepting applications from non-member clubs for the 2018 season, to apply please contact the General Secretary: colin.olliffe@gmail.com

Entry forms for existing member clubs will be sent out shortly.


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Mr. Brian Standish 'leaving gift' fund remains open until the end of August...

The OCA Executive has agreed to keep the above fund open until the end of August, so that clubs who wish to donate can do so.

For those who wish to join with the Executive in providing a 'leaving gift', there is an opportunity to make a donation and these should be sent to the OCA Treasurer, Mr. Steve Oliver at 10 Roman Way, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 9YF or contact Steve at: n1sco@aol.com.

This must be a record?

Remarkable finish to a game of cricket – Swinbrook v Dorchester.

DORCHESTER needed 35 runs to win with one over left in Saturday’s OCA League Division 4 clash.
What followed was one of the most extraordinary overs ever as Steve McComb single-handedly won the match for the south Oxfordshire club as he smashed bemused Swinbrook bowler Mihai Cucos for an incredible 40 runs to wrap up the most unlikely of victories.
Hosts Swinbrook had posted 243-8 in their 45 overs as George Grace – a distance descendent of the legendary WG Grace, struck a classy 117.
Grace then claimed 4-37 in his 12 overs, leaving Dorchester struggling.
And with one over to go, Dorchester were a near-impossible 35 runs away from victory with McComb on strike.
Cucos’s first ball was a no-ball which McComb dispatched for six.
The second ball also went for six, before Cucos responded with a yorker, from which McComb was unable to score.
Ball four, the third legitimate delivery, went for four, followed by another no ball which also flew to the boundary.
The next two balls were also sent over the ropes for six, leaving the scores level with one ball left.
Swinbrook brought the field in, but 54-year-old McComb advanced down the pitch to hit his fifth six of the over, winning the game and bringing up his century, securing a three-wicket victory.
McComb, who has played for Dorchester for 20 years, said after the game: “It was an amazing finish. 240 is a tough target to chase in our league and we never looked ahead of the rate.
“I knew I had nothing to lose in the final over and the boundaries weren’t huge, so I knew there was a slim chance.
“I’ve had an arthritic ankle for many years and I can’t run very well as the lads constantly remind me.
“So I either try to score a boundary or hop for a single!
“When they brought the field in for the final ball, I knew if I got bat on ball we’d be ok.”
How the final over unfolded:
No ball - Six –Six – Dot ball - Four - No-ball - four –Six - Six -Six

'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.

National Playing Survey 2017 - Have YOUR say and complete the survey?

This bespoke OCA/Cherwell 2017 Playing Survey is now live! It’s your chance to have Your Say on what you think about the game of cricket in the OCA League – we want and need to hear your voice. Please circulate this to all your members, especially young and lapsed players and ask them to give us 10 minutes of their time and give your club the chance to enter a draw to win:


Your feedback will help us improve the game and ensure we’re providing you with the type of cricket you want to play.

Even if you have already filled in the national survey, make sure you fill in this one too, it is really important to us and your club!


Stonesfield CC - Memorial Charity Day - Sunday 30th July 2017

On Sunday 30th July Stonesfield are holding a memorial charity day to celebrate Andrew's life with all proceeds going to the MIND charity. We plan to start around 10:15. There will be a 6-a-side soft ball cricket tournament made up of teams who Andrew played for plus an OCA 6 and if time permits we hope to fit in some kwik cricket for the children. There will be a bouncy castle, face painting and the use of the recreational area for the children. There will also be a BBQ and bar. We are also holding a raffle and silent auction. Prizes for the raffle include £300 cash,4 ball golf day at Wychwood, 4 ball golf day at Heythrop,£100 personal training voucher,£50 Waitrose voucher,afternoon tea for 2 at Duke Of Marlborough(Woodstock), meals for 2 at the White Horse(Stonesfield),George&Dragon (Hanborough)Black Prince(Woodstock), family ticket for entrance to Blenheim Palace, various champagne and spirits (alcohol not the supernatural) 2 tickets for Bristol City vs Leeds plus signed framed BC shirt, 2 tickets for an Oxford United home game, various shirts, bats and tickets donated by Middlesex,Gloucestershire,Yorkshire,Northants and Essex County Cricket Clubs and a Arbonne Beauty Hamper (Mark Baring will want to win this one). Prizes for the silent auction include 2 West Ham tickets and a signed shirt, 4 ball golf day at Witney Lakes, a tour of Lords for 4, Jeroboam of Champagne, a signed Kevin Peterson framed picture and a signed Graham Gooch scorecard from his 333 no at Lords) and finally another Arbonne Beauty Hamper (another chance for Mark to win this one).
We are selling tickets for the raffle and the silent auction on the day but for those who cannot attend in person we would seek the support of all OCA clubs by purchasing tickets in advance. This would be a tremendous boost to the fund raising effort (thanks to Faringdon CC for already doing so).
If clubs would like tickets please contactdavid.burns@hachette.co.uk - In the meantime hope to see as many of you as possible on the day.
Thank you from the Crawford Family and Stonesfield Cricket Club.

Tony Pullinger 20-20 Finals Day - Sunday 16th July 2017

Hosted by Charlbury C.C. the semi finals between Wootton & BH v Faringdon and Great Horwood v Wolvercote resulted in the final between Great Horwood and Wootton & BH, with Wootton coming out worthy winners, Man of the Match Billy Webb of Wootton & BH.
Our thanks go to:
Umpires -Tim Anning,Paul Gerrish,Mike Panting and Derek Thatcher.
Cher Gough for providing the teas and Paul and Mel on the bar.
David Horne and Mike Shayler for preparing the grounds.
OCA Executive support: Colin Olliffe, Barrie Pudwell and Nick Wilks.
To David Quinn for organising/overseeing the tournamnent and to Mike Shayler (Charlbury President) for presenting the trophies.
And the support from those who came along with their teams.
All in all, a very good day - with only a short break for rain!

Dorchester-on-Thames CC - Six-a-side tournament - Come and join us?

Dorchester-on-Thames CC are looking to hold their first cricket 6-a-side tournament on Saturday, 26th August.
We are looking for 6-8 teams and will be on a first come first basis. £60 entry per team and we will have a BBQ, bar, soft drinks & other delightful goodies on sale throughout the day.
Depending on the number of teams we have (details to be confirmed ASAP) we are hoping to start promptly at 10.30 so registration will be from 10.
Please do get in touch if you have any questions or would like to enter a team.
Kind regards
Dorchester-on-Thames CC

Resignation of OCA Chairman - Mr. Brian Standish


The OCA Executive wish to advise all member clubs of the resignation of our Chairman, Mr. Brian Standish, after 36 seasons on the Executive and 23 as Chairman, a remarkable achievement, and we wish to thank him for his committment over many years and for all that he has achieved over this period of time, steering the association through many troubled times.

For those who wish to join with the Executive in providing a 'leaving gift', there is an opportunity to make a donation and these should be sent to the OCA Treasurer, Mr. Steve Oliver
at 10 Roman Way, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 9YF or contact Steve at: n1sco@aol.com. The 'gift fund' will remain open until the Friday 11th August 2017.

In the period leading up to the Annual General Meeting on the 30th November 2017, Paul Duester will act as Interim Chairman of the OCA.

Many thanks

Letter from the OCA President to all OCA member clubs

" All club contacts and secretaries have been sent a letter from the OCA President, and have been asked to make a copy available to ALL their members, so you may well get to see a copy of this very soon. However, if not, you can simple download a copy from the website - go to the Administration window, click on "Letter from the President" and print this off.
It is a well-known fact that now the merger talks have fallen down, the Cherwell League are actively encouraging 'established' clubs to join them, but we hope that once you have read the President's letter, you will appreciate the many benefits already in place, and not consider leaving the OCA?
The OCA Executive have come to realise that they need to be more 'in touch' with member clubs and are seeking to ensure that information is more readily available and this may have to be done through the website, as not all information gets passed onto club members through the club contact system.
In committee, there are procedures that must be followed but we will endeavour to keep clubs informed on important matters as soon as we possibly can.
Should you know of a club that wishes to join the OCA, then please feel free to put them in touch with the General Secretary but please mention that they should do this as soon as possible?”

For all umpires and captains - some clarification of playing regulations

Please see document in the Administration section below for information

Fielding Restriction Infringments

With the fielding restriction extending into all games this season the guidance published below in Administration will be given to umpires and captains at the pre-season meetings.
This acknowledges the fact that some infringements will be missed and the guidance allows for retrospective calling of No Balls and is the same guidance that applies in Minor Counties Cricket and acknowledges that umpires are only human and will miss this on occasions.
We would ask that all players and captains respect this guidance in the Spirit of the Game.

Concussion Guidelines

The newly published ECB Guidelines of Umpires on dealing with possible concussion are available in the Administration section below and will be discussed at the umpires' pre-season meeting.
They are published here so clubs and players are aware of what umpires have been asked to do when there is a suspicion of concussion to any player following a blow to the head.
We would ask that everybody takes this matter seriously and sensibly during the season.

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/

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