All clubs are reminded that they must list their players on the website by 30 April 2015. This deadline also applies for the nomination of 8 1st XI players and 6 2nd XI players where a club has a 2nd XI and 3rd XI respectively. An email with further details has been sent to club contacts.
OCA Registration Secretary
Risinghurst C.C. - Looking for a friendly fixture?
On behalf of Risinghurst Cricket Club. We're in search of a friendly, ideally on April 18th. Our home ground is unavailable at this time however we are able to host a game at Oxford Brookes University Wheatley Campus or alternatively are more than happy to play away.
Address of the Wheatley Ground:
Additionally if you're unavailable for a fixture on April 18th then we could raise a side to play on April 19th or April 26th however this would have to be away.
Our team would likely be our second XI, who play in OCA Division 9. If you're interested in arranging a fixture, then please do be in touch.
Contact Scott on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Wheeler - Freelance Photographer
This message is meant for clubs who have received an e-mail from Steve Wheeler, the freelance photographer who very kindly comes to the annual dinner and takes photos of the various winning/runners-up clubs.....
Sadly, very few have responded to his offer to supply a club photo, not even a 'no-thank you' to acknowledge his e-mail, which I find a little unfair?
If YOUR CLUB has received an e-mail and offer of a photograph, please be kind enough to contact Steve, and better still, how about placing an order - a photo of your winning side would look good in the clubhouse!
Looking into 2015, Steve is happy to come to any club and take a 'team photograph' and it would be at a very reasonable cost, so please take up this offer and support someone who has worked within the OCA for many years.
Steve's details are: email@example.com (01865) 731451 or mobile: 07884 187 387
Oxfordshire Over 50's Cricket
For the first time Oxfordshire are running a second team at 50+ age.
Three inter-county games plus early season friendly.
This is open to OCA club members, and anyone interested should contact Christopher Bishop on email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Does your club require net facilities......if so...read on
What would you say to a New Indoor Cricket Centre in Oxfordshire?
Cricket Evolution are working with cricket clubs, cricket and local authorities in planning the development of a state of the art indoor cricket training centre in Oxfordshire. To help support the business case, Cricket Evolution would be pleased if you can complete their Indoor Training Survey. It will take 3 minutes and you could win an Onhand Sport Cricket Bat. For more information visit www.cricketevolution.co.uk
Go to this link https://www.surveymonkey.net/s/cricketevolution ?
Pre-season friendly......are YOU interested?
East & West Hendred would like a friendly on April 18th away due to football at ours. Anyone interested should contact Duncan Francis on:
Division 2 - Combe C.C. ANNOUNCEMENT
It is with regret that the OCA Executive have to advise the member clubs that Combe C.C. have withdrawn from Division 2, due to a major loss of players from last season.
The Executive have agreed that to keep Combe C.C. from closing down, they are to be allowed to field a team in Division 8, and this situation will be carefully monitored by the Registration Secretary.
It is regretted that the clubs in Division 2 will play less games than originally planned.
OCA Member Club information onto website?
Clubs have all been asked to add their information onto the website.
It is the responsibility of 'the club' and NOT the General Secretary, so can you please do this as soon as possible?
Eynsham C.C. - Can you help please?
We are renovating our nets and have very limited funds, so if any club is replacing their nets or artificial wicket and has netting/mats etc that they are looking to get rid of we may be able to use them.
If you can help, please contact Gary Cook on 07748 702 305 or email@example.com
Mr. Jim Hunt - OCA Life Vice President
It is with sadness that we have to advise of the death of Mr. J.A.Hunt who has been a Life Vice President of the OCA for many years. The funeral will take place on Wednesday 11th February and full details can be obtained from John Moss of Kidlington C.C. by e-mailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org OR mobile: 07768 851 515.
What follows is a tribute from Chris Clements, Chairman of the OCB:
Sadly at the age of 91, Jim Hunt, a true stalwart of sport in this county has passed away. Jim was the secretary and then chairman of the old Oxfordshire County Cricket Association (OCCA). His close friend Wilf Bennett describes Jim as a 'champion of the younger player'. My generation remember Jim and Wilf's dedication to giving collective identity to cricket in Oxfordshire by forming the OCCA.
Jim was a dedicated member of Kidlington CC, which he helped to grow and develop whilst at the same time he was secretary of Oxford United. One of his proudest moments being Oxford's League Milk Cup Final win over QPR.
Jim was a brilliant organiser and very nice man. He will be missed.
Anyone wishing to send messages to the family should do so through John Moss who will be happy to pass these on at the funeral.
ECB Club Support - Creating a sustainable future for your club
This is a very recent initiative from the ECB to offer help to clubs, so if you have a particular need, please go to ecb.co.uk/clubsupport and see if they can be of help or e-mail them: email@example.com
Two new members of the OCA Executive for 2015
We are pleased to announce that MARCUS CHARMAN(Wootton & Boars Hill) and IAN ROYLE(Steventon) will be joining the Executive committee as from the 9th February 2015. We are sure that they will be a great asset to the OCA in helping the association move forward in 2015.
Donation to Prostate Cancer UK
Those clubs who attended the Annual Presentation Dinner will recall that we held a raffle and auction of a cricket bat in aid of the above charity, raising a total of £500.00 which was posted to Protate Cancer UK shortly afterwards.
We have now received a letter of thanks and this can be viewed under 'Administration' on the home page of the OCA website.
Umpires and Scorers Survey - Details from Ian Royle
Please see the following information and take part in this survey if you can?
As you know the ECB has recently completed a National Player Survey to get the views of recreational players.
You may have seen the results and these are now shaping the way forward for recreational cricket particularly in relation to “getting the game on”.
Similarly, the ECB understands the importance of seeking the views of Umpires and Scorers to gain a better understanding of officiating within the recreational game and how ECB ACO can address the needs of its members in the future.
They are therefore conducting an online survey of all ACO members in England & Wales. The survey takes around 10 minutes to complete and is scheduled to close on December 11th.
All members should get an email directing them to the appropriate site but we are at pains to point out that this survey is open to all umpires and scorers whether or not they are members of ECBACO
By completing the survey anyone can be entered into a prize draw for one of 10 x £75 vouchers to spend at either the ECB ACO shop (ACO members only) or ECB shop.
If you have a email circulation list for your umpires and scorers I would be grateful if you could forward this to them to follow the link:
The OCA Committee are aware some clubs have problems with the quality of their grounds so would like to be able to help with a grant that can be put towards the total cost of improvements. It has been agreed that some money taken in fines will be given back to clubs via a small grant. Application can be made by downloading the Grant Form under the link to the right.