Oxfordshire Cricket Association 2018
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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.


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Nick Jones - OCA Umpire for Swinbrook C.C.

At the weekend we received the very sad news that Nick Jones had died whilst on holiday, and the following extract is from an email received from Victor Last of Swinbrook C.C.

"He leaves a huge hole in his family, our community, and his Church where he was such a positive influence.

They were in Pembrokeshire on their annual pilgrimage to Wales - he being a Jones you see!! He went off for his walk along the coast listening to readings from his Bible app, and suffered a massive heart attack.

FINGERS JONES - is what he called himself in his Umpiring guise - we have lost a good soul."

Details of the funeral service will be advised in due course.

Amendment to Rule 6g.....

The Registration Secretary, Peter Whitlock has pointed out that an error has been made with the Rule 6g, and requests that you are made aware of the correct wording, which is printed below and has already been amended on the OCA website. This notice will also be added to the message board on the website to ensure that as many as possible read it.

The rule 6 g) should say:

6g) No player may play in any round of a cup competition without the permission of the Registration Secretary, unless they are eligible as below.

i. All registered players shall be eligible to play in any round of a cup competition up to and including quarter finals, subject to the player’s registration having been approved, and remaining approved at the date of the match.
ii. For a semi-final a player must have played in a minimum of 2 league or cup matches, at that level or below.
iii. For a final a player must have played in a minimum of 3 league or cup matches at that level or below.

To be eligible for cup competitions below the 1st XI, rules 6d , 6e and 6f are applicable in addition to this rule."

Forward Notice - 2018 Presentation Evening for OCA Clubs

To ensure we get a good turnout to this event, we are pleased to advise that it will take place on Friday 9th November at the Kassam Events Centre (Home of Oxford United) - by advising the date early we hope that clubs will arrange their own club dinners on a different date?

Team and Action photographs of OCA games in 2018

Our media officer, Kieren Bushnell, would like to invite clubs to send photographs in to him during the forthcoming season. Team pictures should be fully captioned, naming all players in the image. The format of the photograph should be a jpeg image, and the picture should have two rows of players (ideally 6 at the back and 5 at the front). These pictures need to be clear, clean and concise, and the captions MUST name players fully.
Kieren will also welcome action photographs throughout the season. These pictures will need to be high resolution and again, must include a full caption, naming the players in the photograph where possible.
Images must be of a large enough size to enable editing and re-sizing according to the needs of the paper.
He will do his best to publish some of the best action and team photos during the season.
Please send these images directly to Kieren on kierenbushnell@btinternet.com
Due to space, Kieren will not be able to guarantee publication of the images in the local press, but will do his best to do so.

New Laws for 2018

ECB ACO have produced a short video on the new Laws which is available below under Administration - takes a minute or two to download but worth watching.
We would still strongly suggest all umpires and captains attend one of the local seminars on the new Laws to hear a fuller explanation and to allow you to ask questions an discuss these with your colleagues

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:


Match Reports for 2018