Welcome to Oxford Downs Cricket Club

New Players and members are warmly welcomed – please get in touch.

Oxford Downs is a Cricket Club based in Standlake (Nr Witney) in Oxfordshire. Our 1st, 2nd and 3rd  XI’s play in the Cherwell Cricket League in Divisions 1, 3 and 9. We also have a number of boys and girls junior teams competing at Under 9, Under 11, Under 13 and Under 15 Level.

Junior Training

Wednesday 7 June 2017 – Junior Training is on.

 

 

Membership

Our membership year runs from 1 April to 31 March.

You can download the membership form here

 

Upcoming Events

16 June 2017

All welcome to play, support or help with the pouring of beer, burning of meat or cheating at scoring.
It would be great to see you there!

18 June 2017

We are holding a fundraising event to raise money to install a defibrillator. The Standlake Parish Council have kindly agreed to donate half the cost for us so we are looking to raise the other half.

We are holding a “Great Get Together”, where people can come together to share community, commonality and connections with neighbours.

It is also Fathers Day and the ICC Champions League Trophy Day so lots of things going on that we can all come together for!

Please come along and join in, all are welcome.

24 June 2017

24 June 2016 Breakfast with the Lions
(Hosted by Mat Bowden & Nick Owens)

Bar Open from 8am
Breakfast served at half time – Tickets must be booked in advance for breakfast
Limited tickets available at £5 

Come and watch the game on the big screen!
KO 8:35am

16 September 2017

Come and join us for a fantastic evening with friends featuring:

  • Caribbean Cocktails and Canapes
  • Three Course Caribbean Banquet
  • Music from reggae band Urban Roots 
  • The return of DJ Kanal
  • Silent Disco lasting into the night

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Australian 050s second UK tour game vs Oxfordshire 050s at Oxford Downs CC Oxford, Monday 17 July 2017

Our day began at a leisurely 8 am with the sun shining and a visit to the famous Lido Pool Cheltenham which was built in 1935. At that time 135,000 folk attended the pool’s opening a few more than attended yesterday’s game.

The water was warm and sparkling and several female locals stopped their morning swim to comment on the fact why so many good looking 50s yr olds were there. This demonstrated conclusively that Mal Coleman didn’t have to wear his blazer with blue designer jeans to pull the chics. When Dave Crocker was asked to count the players in attendance and Scotsman Gordon McGurk was found absent someone apologised profusely that he had not been informed of the change of pool plans and that he had jogged to yesterday’s pool across town!

We arrived at Oxford downs Cricket club at about 11.30am and were greeted by 3 delightful ladies Pauline, Judith and Margie who in their 70s had provided morning tea. The oval looked a picture with the wicket hard and green amidst a cascade of emerald outfield which was very short on the roadside. We were here to play the recent division 4 Champions and a very tough game was guaranteed.

Oxford Downs Cricket Club was founded in 1923 the same year as Lindfield DCC in Sydney Shires due to the same desire of the returning troops from World War I to return to a normal life. The founders were grain farmers who fed the hungry folk of London and its surrounds. Nearby Stanlake village was established by Oxford University to house the students at St John’s College and at one point in history it was claimed you could walk from Oxford to Norfolk without leaving land owned by St John’s College. Its notable historic claim was nearby Edge Hill where Oliver Cromwell’s Roundheads defeated the Royalist Cavaliers in a turning point of the civil war. The most famous cricketer to play on the ground was Andrew Strauss who attended Oxford Uni and on 5 June 1994 opened the batting with Sir Leonard Hutton’s son in the annual fixture.

In 2002 the Clubhouse was destroyed by fire and with the aid of the 2 adjoining farmers the ground was realigned and a new clubhouse built which was officially opened in 2006 by former British Prime Minister David Cameron recently of the Brexit fame.

Skipper Paul Stenhouse again won the toss and batted in a 45 over game with agreed recycle at 45 runs and 12 playing with a designated non-batter. Our team today was Paul Stenhouse Capt; Noel Raymond; Geoff Doyle; Gordon McGurk; Warwick Hayes; Mal Coleman; Tim Pellen; Tim Sargent; Greg Briggs; Peter Judd; Steve Moore and Fabian Heaton Wk. Several were playing their first game for their country.

We started slowly and lost Noel Raymond 10 caught well at first slip. Geoff Doyle 13 soon followed but the run rate was low against a good bowling attack. Gordon McGurk 38 and Warwick Hayes 26 set about establishing the innings and hit boundaries and ran smart singles to take control of the game. Mal Coleman 29 continued this vein but it was the advent of skipper Paul Stenhouse 34 which changed the course of the batting tempo .He hit several huge sixes into the nearby houses and was unlucky to be given out caught behind when he apparently hit the ground with his bat. Peter Judd batted superbly for his 39 no before he was removed with a suspected hamstring injury. All told 6-220 was a creditable score and in fact the most runs scored against the zone 4 Champions this season.

The host’s run chase commenced promisingly when the home umpire turned down a plumb LBW shout off Tim Sargeant’s second ball of the innings. Undaunted the openers piled on the runs until 66 when 2 wickets fell then on 111 and again on 115 and 116. During this time Steve Moore 2-33 and Peter Judd 3-33 bowled really well to grab the initiative and place pressure onto the opposition. At 8-173 the home team was almost gone. However the ox wagged its tail against a tiring attack and finally needed 27 off 18 balls, then 17 off 12 balls and when Skipper Stenhouse stepped up to the plate it was 13 off the last 6 balls. Alas the lads held their nerve and we won by 4 runs which incidentally had been found by scorer Dave Crocker after the players had gone off for lunch! Left arm paceman Tim Sargeant 0-39 and left arm orthodox spinner Greg Briggs 1-36 bowled magnificently at the death.

We have now won 2-0 but it is tomorrow’s Test Match vs. Wales against a very skilled opponent on the field which will count the most. The sun will be out in quite hot conditions and it promises to be a day never to forget with the singing of the national anthems and a 34 man Choir at suppertime.

Please watch this space tomorrow.

Cheers
Your war correspondent from the front.
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Address: OXFORD DOWNS CRICKET CLUB, ABINGDON
ROAD, STANDLAKE, OXON. OX29 7QH

Telephone: 01865 301764

Email: mail@odcc.club