Shropshire’s cricketers beaten at Oxfordshire in the Unicorns Championship

Chairman of selectors Bryan Jones admitted Shropshire’s cricketers had been outplayed after losing by 273 runs at Oxfordshire in the Unicorns Championship.

Banbury Cricket Club hosted Shropshire’s Unicorns Championship match against Oxfordshire
Banbury Cricket Club hosted Shropshire’s Unicorns Championship match against Oxfordshire

The county, set a formidable victory target of 405 at Banbury, were dismissed for 131 in their second innings, with Gareth Andrew, the former Worcestershire allrounder, inflicting much of the damage by claiming five wickets.

Jones said: “We’re obviously very disappointed as we went into the game reasonably confident after our performance against Dorset at Shrewsbury.

“But I guess we were outplayed – out bowled, out batted and out fielded – over the three days, so it was a bad day at the office on all three days.

“That puts a bit of a dent in our challenge, but some other results did go our way and teams in the division are all beating each other, so that may help us.”

Jones highlighted the skills of the experienced Andrew as he claimed nine wickets in the match while fellow seamer Russell White also impressed with the ball for Oxfordshire.

He said: “Their seamers bowled well on a pitch that helped seam and the stand out man was Gareth Andrew. He was probing, showed tremendous skill and put our batsmen under pressure for spells of eight, 10 overs.

“I would suggest it was a high skilled performance from him that put us on the backfoot.

“They fully deserved to win the game. They outplayed us and had a few top individual performers on a seaming wicket.

“From a learning process for our young bowlers, they were able to look at Gareth Andrew and see how he went about his business and think that’s how to bowl on that particular type of wicket.”

Starting the final day 338 runs in front, Oxfordshire opted to bat for a further 10 overs as they moved the score along from 190-6 to 256-7 declared, stretching their advantage to 404 runs.

Shrewsbury’s Sam Ellis (3-31) picked up his third wicket of the innings – and fifth of the match on his Championship debut – when Sam Whitney took a catch to remove Richard Kaufman, as Oliver Clarke remained unbeaten on 40.

Set an imposing target, Shropshire were dealt an early blow with Alex Phillips caught by Andrew off White for four.

He was quickly followed back to the pavilion by captain Joe Carrasco for 11, caught and bowled by Andrew, to leave the county in trouble at 18-2.

White struck again with Alexei Kervezee caught behind by Callum Russell for four, and it was soon 37-4 when Will Parton was bowled by Andrew for 10.

Wickets continued to tumble with Ross Aucott, who made five, next to go as he fell to a Jordan Garrett catch to become Andrew’s third victim.

Resuming after lunch on 55-5, Jack Edwards was the sixth man out, caught by Tom Cosford off Joe Butcher for nine.

Ryan Lockley and Sam Whitney put on 36 for the seventh wicket – the best partnership of the innings – which ended when Andrew returned to the attack to remove Lockley, caught behind for 25.

Jack Twigger and Ellis, the fifth victim of Andrew (5-38) when trapped lbw, were next to go before Bridgnorth’s Whitney, having top scored with 42 at No 8, was last man out, removed by White, who ended with impressive figures of 4-12.

After electing to bat on day one, Oxfordshire accumulated 334-8 in their first innings.

Kaufman led the way with 113, from 195 balls, a knock which included 16 boundaries, while Shabaaz Alam (54), Andrew (39) and Cosford (33) also weighed in.

Edwards claimed 3-70 while Ellis took 2-27, before Shropshire closed the opening day on 51-2, with skipper Carrasco unbeaten on 42.

Carrasco was closing in on his second Shropshire century of the season until, just after lunch on day two, he fell agonisingly short, caught behind off Andrew for 99, having faced 224 balls and struck 11 fours.

No other Shropshire batsman scored more than 18 as the visitors were dismissed for 186, with Andrew taking 4-47.

Oxfordshire led by 148 runs ahead of batting for a second time and they set off in pursuit of quick runs, with the home openers putting on 69 before Kervezee removed Alam for 38.

Skipper Harry Smith top scored with 65 and Russell added 41 to further strengthen the home side’s position as they went on to wrap up victory on the final afternoon.

Jones added: “Looking at the positives to come out of it, Joe Carrasco batted really well, a class act, and Sam Ellis on his debut took five wickets in the match, so there were some good things.”

Shropshire’s next Championship match is against Cornwall at Bridgnorth starting on July 21.

Supporting Shropshire Live...
Shropshire Live
Shropshire Live has been providing Shropshire with independent news and entertainment since 2009. Send us your news to or call 01743 818 095. For advertising information call Fiona on 01743 816 817.
- Advertising -

Featured Articles

Shropshire Hills Bonfire and Fireworks 2019

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre Bonfire and Fireworks 2019

Join Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre for their Bonfire and Fireworks Event on Saturday 26 October.
Oswestry fireworks 2019 image

Oswestry Bonfire and Fireworks Display 2019

Oswestry Town Council & Oswestry Borderland Rotary present their annual Bonfire and fireworks night this November.
Albrighton Cricket Club Fireworks and Bonfire Night

Albrighton Cricket Club Fireworks and Bonfire Night 2019

Wrap up warm and head over to Albrighton Cricket Club for their annual Fireworks and Bonfire Night this November.

Halloween and Half Term events in Shropshire 2019

Shropshire is full of Halloween and half term fun for everyone, here are some great events and things to do across our county.
aico building

Aico Open Day to welcome local community and employees

Aico, the Market Leader in domestic Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms, will be relocating in October 2019 to a brand-new purpose-built three storey building in Oswestry.
Some of the items seized by police as part of the operation. Photo: West Mercia Police

Arrests made as police target County Lines in week long operation

Police in Shropshire have been carrying out a week long operation targeting County Lines.

Two people in critical but stable condition after A442 collision

Two people in their 60's are in a critical condition in hospital after a collision on the A442 on Saturday night.

Three people die following collision on A5 near West Felton

Three people have died following a collision involving two cars on the A5 near West Felton on Friday night.
Rob Smith on the track at a rain-hit Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit in Kent. Photo: DSdigital/Dickon Siddall

Telford racer Smith ends maiden BTCC Season with another independents points hat-trick

Rob Smith enjoyed a positive conclusion to his maiden season in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship at a rain-hit Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit in Kent over the weekend.
Winners Line Up: Emma Hughes & Helen Fowler from Bridgnorth GC, Ladies Captain – Joy Foster, Val. Holdnall & Dorothy White from Worfield GC. Photo – Vanessa Statham

Bridgnorth Golf Club run successful ladies weekend AMAM Open

Bridgnorth Golf Clubs Ladies Weekend AMAM competition attracted 68 ladies from golf clubs as far afield as Halifax.
Brandon Whistle

Telford Tigers sign Brandon Whistle for remainder of season

Telford Tigers has announced the signing of 21-year-old forward Brandon Whistle for the remainder of the 2019/20 season.
- Advertising -
Marches Growth Hub chairman Paul Hinkins, Shropshire Council Deputy Leader Steve Charmley and Marches Growth Hub Shropshire manager Emma Chapman

Growth hub takes wraps off new Shrewsbury office space

Shropshire’s gateway for business support officially launched its newly-expanded offices at a special event at its Shrewsbury base.
From left Roger Beckett from Shropshire Homes, Paul and Gemma Lincoln, along with Jean Palladini and Danny Farmer from Shropshire Homes

Shropshire housebuilder hits 2,500th home milestone

The champagne corks are popping for one family after their home was revealed as the 2,500th to be completed by independent housebuilders, Shropshire Homes.
Alison Carter, Alison Thornton and Sarah Mears at the Martin-Kaye office in Shrewsbury

Shropshire law firm extends reach of personal injury team

A Shropshire law firm is extending the reach of its personal injury team by offering support from its newly-opened Shrewsbury office.
Organisers of the roadshow have been using the tour to highlight the myriad of careers available in the music industry

Resonance band rocks Shrewsbury to spread the word to students

A group of musicians who have toured the world with internationally renowned acts have visited Shropshire to showcase the possibilities open to students at a new music institute.
Young children can sit in a novelty car salon chair whilst having their hair cut

Children’s only hair salon to open in Telford

A new children’s only hair salon, that caters for toddlers up to early teens, is set to open in Telford next month.
Judges placed a focus on their ‘stunning gardens’

Goldstone Hall Hotel named as a winner in Good Hotel Guide Editor’s Choice Award 2020 for Gardens

Goldstone Hall Hotel, near Market Drayton, has been named again as one of the winners of the prestigious 2020 Good Hotel Guide’s Editor’s Choice Award for Gardens.
- Advertising -
Three Men in a Bow Tie

Wellington arts festival set to get underway

A popular Shropshire arts festival featuring a range of free events and entertainments is about to get underway.
Shropshire Hills Bonfire and Fireworks 2019

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre Bonfire and Fireworks 2019

Join Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre for their Bonfire and Fireworks Event on Saturday 26 October.
Oswestry fireworks 2019 image

Oswestry Bonfire and Fireworks Display 2019

Oswestry Town Council & Oswestry Borderland Rotary present their annual Bonfire and fireworks night this November.
An Oompah band on stage at Shropshire Oktoberfest

Third Shropshire Oktoberfest deemed a success

The third Shropshire Oktoberfest in Shrewsbury has been deemed a success by its organisers, with an estimated 12,000 people attending.
The Ludlow Farmshop team

Help Ludlow Farmshop win ‘Farm Shop large retailer of the Year’

Local Farm Shop large retailer Ludlow Farmshop has entered into the Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2020 and are looking for support from the community.
Crystal Owen of Crystal's Cupcakes

Crystal’s Cupcakes opens in Shrewsbury

A new Cupcake shop has opened in the heart of Shrewsbury, just a couple of minutes walk from Pride Hill.
- Advertisment -

Featured Articles


9.2 ° C
10 °
8.3 °
100 %
90 %
14 °
12 °
12 °
11 °
12 °
- Advertisment -
- Advertisment -

Latest Articles

- Advertisment -