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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OCA v Cherwell Rep Game


O Tice Stumped 56
T Gurney Caught 1
J Smith Caught 97
K Patel Caught 5
C Tinsley Run Out 3
D Eaton Not Out 38
S Dodson Caught 2
M Dove Not Out 8
D Sabin DNB
S Haselgrove DNB
O Burney DNB
Extras 17
Total 227-5

A Malik 8 1 26 1
I Johnstone 8 0 24 0
B Webb 8 0 51 1
M Baring 4 0 41 0
M Strong 8 1 43 1
C Fisher 4 0 34 2


J Mulford Caught 35
S Willett Caught 9
B Webb Not Out 100
S Jones LBW 5
C Fisher Caught 13
T Stewart- Liberty Caught 10
J Grant Caught 15
I Johnstone Not Out 22
M Baring DNB
A Malik DNB
M Strong DNB
Extras 21
Total 230-6

D Sabin 5 1 30 0
O Burney 5 1 32 1
J Smith 6.4 0 46 0
S Haselgrove 8 0 35 0
K Patel 8 0 45 4
D Eaton 6 0 31 1

OCA won by 4 wkts

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.

OCA vs Cherwell Rep Game

1) Sam Willett (captain)
2) Will Oglesby (wicket keeper)
3) Charlie Fisher
4) Jack Mulford
5) Sam Jones
6) Mark Strong
7) Billy Webb
8) Bilal Khan
9) Tom Stewart-Liberty
10) Ian Johnstone
11) Ali Malik

Scorers: Paul Ford & Sue Oglesby.

The game starts at 1.30pm at East & West Hendred Cricket Club. 45 overs per side.

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

Time to renew membership of the OCA for 2018 season of cricket

All club contacts have been sent the necessary forms for completion by the 1st August 2017, and copies of these can be downloaded from the website under 'Administration'should anyone require a copy.
Please remember to send payment form (No 2) direct to Steve Oliver, OCA Treasurer and not to the General Secretary.

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

OCA President letter to OCA clubs

The following letter was sent to the President and Committee in response to the letter sent to member clubs:
OCA Committee a letter from Watlington CC
Just a quick note from Watlington Cricket Club to commend you on the letter you sent out last week. We feel it right that what the OCA stands for and offers to its members and prospective members has been put firmly into the open. As your letter says difficult times are ahead for cricket of all standards, and the OCA will have to adapt, but that is underpinned by the solid foundations of principles and innovation highlighted in your letter.
Watlington like Letcombe are fully supportive of the OCA and look to thrive within the structures that are in place now and in the future. Nice to see the league making its members aware of what they have, and hopefully they will support it going forward.
Many thanks
Kevin House
President Watlington Cricket Club

Return of Knockout Cup trophies

Could I remind all clubs holding the following trophies, Airey Cup, Telegraph Cup, Steve Dixon Cup, Osberton Radiators Cup, The Pullinger Cup and their associated man of the match awards that they should be returned to the Honorary Treasurer by the 1st July as per the Constitution. Failure to do so in a timely manner may result in penalties being applied.

Steve Oliver
(Honorary Treasurer)

Club support is very much appreciated:

The OCA Executive committee were very encouraged to receive the following letter of support, and felt it worthwhile to share it with the OCA member clubs:
The letter reads:

Hi Colin and the rest of the OCA committee,

Just a quick acknowledgement and response from Letcombe cricket club.

We are 100% committed to the OCA and have no intention of considering playing in any other league. I have successfully played 8 under 19s so far this year in environments I feel totally aid their development rather than hamper, against opposition and with umpires I respect every single one of.

You are I am sure aware that I personally am 100% supportive of you and the rest of the committee who do a fantastic job ( I might exclude Kieran who missed us off the press report this week – only joking !)

If there is anything I can offer to support all of you at what appears a testing time please let me know, I have always stopped just short of joining the committee but ultimately if you think this would help I am prepared to do so.
Regards and much respect
Jerry May
Letcombe C.C.

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?”

Steventon CC Charity 6's

On Sunday 28th May, Steventon Cricket Club and Harwell International Cricket Club held a charity 6-a-side cricket tournament on The Green, Steventon.
Long-term Harwell player and Steventon 2nd XI captain, Matthew Dickinson, has recently been diagnosed with CJD (Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease), and the money raised will be split between two charities – Helen & Douglas House (a hospice for children and young adults in Oxfordshire) and The National CJD Research & Surveillance Unit, part of The University of Edinburgh.
Five teams (two Steventon CC teams, a Harwell ICC team, Oxenford CC and Charlbury CC) competed for the Matthew Dickinson Shield in a round robin format, with Charlbury CC being the eventual unbeaten winners.
We also held a raffle, BBQ and sweet stall. Special thanks to Wild Wickets of Wantage, Harwell Laboratories Recreational Association, and Q Gardens Farm Shop, Milton Hill, and various friends of the club, for their generous raffle prize donations.
The day was very well attended, the rain stayed away, and the final total raised was £790.55. Dicko even managed to play a bit, and got a wicket!
A huge thank you to everyone that played/watched/umpired/donated – you all made it a marvellous day!

OCA vs Cherwell Rep Game

This year’s fixture has been confirmed for Sunday 23rd July, at 1pm, kindly being hosted by E&W Hendred.

After winning last year’s game, we will be looking to put out a strong team again this year. Any clubs who would like to put players forward for ion should contact Sam Willett: Email:smw1977@hotmail.co.uk, Tel: 07951 927997.

Announcement Re: Garsington CC.

More bad news to deliver, in that the above club find themseleves in a situation where they cannot continue in the OCA (division 4), and I'm sure you will have noticed that they have conceded the last three fixtures.
They had looked at every possibility to keep going, but regret that nothing has worked out for them, so they have decided to withdraw from the league with immediate effect.
The details for Division 4 table will be adjusted accordingly by the webmaster and of course the fixtures on the website.

For all umpires and captains - some clarification of playing regulations

Please see document in the Administration section below for information

Changes to handbook 2017 required:

Please note that the telephoine number for Ricky Armstrong - Chalgrove CC captain has changed to: 07415 722 437.
Please make the change in your handbooks.

Error on Page 36 of handbook - Umpires details

Please note that Les Fagg of Fringford CC is listed as umpire contact for Shrivenham and his telephone numbers are listed./
This is an error, so will you please cross these details out and ensure that Les is not contacted.
Many thanks
Colin Olliffe - OCA General Secretary.

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.

Joint Statement relating to the 'possible' merger from the committees of the CCL & OCA

The following has been sent to all the OCA club contacts, asking them to notify their members of this important statement, so we are publishing this to ensure that it is available for all members to read:

As many of you are aware, the Committees of the CCL and OCA have been in talks for some time about a number of ways the two Leagues can co-operate more closely to our mutual benefit, and we wanted to advise you on where we are currently.

We have had a number of meetings and conclude the time is not yet right for a merger of the two leagues. We have however identified a number of areas where the two Leagues have a common need, and may be able to help or learn from each other e.g. ground standards, working together to produce a fully independent disciplinary panel, sharing of best practice on junior development and possible commercial opportunities where we can act as one body of 200 teams rather than two of 100.

Representatives of the two committees will be meeting on a more regular basis over the coming months, and both are confident that we will be able to help each other.

March 2017

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/

Weekly Reports


OCA Club Membership Payment form (No2) for 2018 season

OCA Club Membership form for the 2018 season

Minutes of the meeting of the OCA Executive - 12th June 2017

Letter from the OCA President - David Burns

Minutes of the meeting of the OCA Executive - 8th May 2017

For all Umpires and Captains - Clarification of playing regulations

OCA Grounds Questionnaire/Survey 2017

Fielding Circle Infringments

ECB Guidelines for umpires on concussion

Changes to MCC Laws of Cricket

OCA AGM - Proposed Constitution and Match Rule Changes for 2017

Disciplinary Rulings 2016 (Update)

Scorecard & Match report - OCA v Cherwell - 21st August 2016

ECB Guidance notes - Safety Measure for helmets used in Recreational Cricket

British Standard Helmet poster.

The Spirit of Cricket in the Oxfordshire Cricket Association

OCA Grant Form