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The Oxhill News

October 2014

This months News



The Clash of the Titans

Tysoe V. Oxhill Cricket Match

A group of Cricket professionals and enthusiasts from Tysoe threw down the gauntlet and challenged a motley crew from Oxhill, named the Oxhill Rangers (so called because our expertise ranged from 1 to 1.5 on a scale of 1 to 10) to a mismatch on a sunny afternoon in August.

Intensive practice was clearly required; pitches were mown and rolled, cricket gear was starched and ironed, bats were seasoned and limbs were stretched but here in Oxhill we had a few drinks and were consoled by our glorious leader, Ed Fox, that all would be well.

Needless to say, all was not well and the young strapping lads from Tysoe surged to a massive total for the loss of just a few wickets and then after an excellent tea (thank you Tysoe ladies) Oxhill’s fearless openers strode to the wicket. They took note of the crafty field placings, they tapped the ground in readiness for all that Tysoe could throw (sorry, bowl) at them and crouched in readiness for the onslaught. The County players from Tysoe whizzed the ball down the pitch at speeds of over 100 miles an hour (well, quite quickly) and our brave lads batted fearlessly for a while and beating the awesome target set by Tysoe seemed to be achievable but tragedy struck. Our openers were soon dismissed and our middle order batsmen were called to play. However, the call was never heard and soon our tail-end Charlie’s (not Cricket parlance, just true) were soon put to the sword. We finished second!

It was a great afternoon, all of the players (!) enjoyed themselves, the Oxhill WAGS provided noisy and ill-informed support and a good time was had by all. Thanks to Ed for assembling the team, choosing our tactics and his rallying tea time speech (‘we can do it lads’) and with any luck, we’ll do it all again next year.

Derek Harbour

After several months of planning, and help from their fellow 'Grumpies', Digby Norton and Tom Moffatt's dreams of reviving the traditional Oxhill vs Tysoe cricketing rivalry of the 1950s and 60s, came to fruition on a cloudy but thoroughly enjoyable Saturday in August.

The day was a celebration of cricket for all ages. Proceedings began in the morning with an impressive junior's match, a mix of youngsters from both villages. For the much younger players, games of kwik cricket were in full swing.

The main event saw Oxhill win the toss and elect to field. Captained by Frederick Price, Tysoe totalled 134/6 in their 25 overs. However, despite a very good second half performance, Oxhill were eventually bowled out with a score of 83 in 20 overs, handing victory to Tysoe as the winners of the Vale of the Red Horse Cup.

Many thanks to all who were involved and supported the event. Thanks especially to Chris Fieldhouse and Pete Pugh for umpiring and to Lucy Mercer as scorer for the day. Last, but not least, to Ed Fox and The Oxhill Rangers who I am sure will be back for a rematch in the not too distant future!

Catherine Kimmins

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