Records pre the Cherwell League are a little sketchy (as indeed are the earlier years of our time in the CL), however all recorded runs and wickets in the league since 2004 are listed here and the top ten performances since the Cherwell League merged with the Trinity League (1994) are shown below. If you have any definitive data that is not listed, please get in touch by emailing here.

You can access cumulative performances for the last 5 years (all runs, all wickets, all catches and top partnerships) by clicking here

A short description of recent seasons is listed below and to access the stats for that year, click on the year number.

 For a full list of all league hundreds and 7 fors click on the Honours Board here

2018

What a difference a winter makes, although it didn't feel like it at 4.30pm on the first game of the season. Playing in our first ever win/lose league game at Challow, we had bowled pretty well to restrict them to 226-6, but then found ourselves 12-3 with Rolfie, Hairbear and Hollywood back in the hutch and Keeps lucky to have none having played a horrible swipe at his first ball. That however was the last derogatory thing anyone said about Keeps' batting for the next 17 weeks. He got himself stumped on 98 admittedly, but by the end of the year had passed this number twice, added another 90+ (and 3 more 50s) and built a mountain of runs (779). New skipper Dakes chipped in admirably with 400+, Birdie got more than anyone can remember him getting before, Brooksie had a quiet season but still topped 300 and after not being able to buy a run in early season, new vc Samdog bashed 132 in his last game. The 1s topped 300 on 4 occasions peaking at 382 against Sandford and if you wanted an entry in the top ten batting performances, your opening gambit needed to be in the 90s. Hollywood didn't make it on to that particular list, but did pass 50 on 3 occasions. When the availability spectre raised its head this year, instead of raiding the graveyards, we called on Gorgeous George and Midds and they dutifully piled on some more runs.

The bowling was less dramatic and not having to bowl sides out in the win/lose format definitely helped. There was a little concern when Taggart picked up an injury in week 2 that would ultimately prevent him bowling for the rest of the season, but Gilet moved up and took over the mantle of measley bowler of the year, taking 25 wickets with an economy rate just over 3. With just 3 weeks left, the peculiarity of the rain rules meant that we had lost just 1 match, beaten Challow twice, but were still behind them, however the aforementioned 382 in week 17, inspired by a record breaking partnership of 236 between Keeps and Sam, secured promotion with a week to spare. Going into week 18, we were still 3 points behind and when the results came through confirming that Challow had won, that seemed to be it, but then it transpired that Challow had over bowled a bowler by one over (we know your pain). They were now subject to a 3 point deduction in line with a rule that had been proposed 2 years previous by .....us. With more wins, that would make us champions, and after an agonising wait while the Cherwell league committee investigated, we were finally declared to be so.

 The 2s however did suffer from Taggart's injury. The loss of Gilet to the 1s in week 3 and Taggart's inability to replace him (through injury) left the bowling cupboard a bit bare. We saw a hint of what might of been when on the day we played the weakest team in the league, we fielded our strongest team of the year, with Hari Balakrishnan and Junaid bowling out Nondies for a poultry 40. Alas, this was to be Hari's only game and Junaid was whipped up to the 1s shortly after and we never had the firepower to finish off some better batting than the previous season. There were some notable highlights however. Shaun Dryden got his maiden 50 against Thame in a partnership of 138 with Dave Maunder and we had our youngest batsman to get a maiden 50 (Jai Angell 91 (14 yrs old)) get it on the same day as our oldest batsman to get a maiden 50 (Taggart 91* (56 yrs old)) as we smashed Stokenchurch for 233-3. Ironically, this was the day the bowlers fired and when the heavens opened, we had Stokey 96-6, but that was a fair assessment of our luck generally. Chesh got a couple of hundred runs in his first full season back and was the only batter to pass 50 twice in the year, and Fahan was consistent throughout, topping the runs total without ever passing 33, until week 18 when a well constructed 68 took the 2s to an exciting climax to the season with a game drawn with scores level.. We were glued to 8th place, some 70 points clear of 9th and at time of writing we await the League's decision on how many new teams will be admitted, and how many will be thrown out before we will know which division we will be in next year.



2017

It all started so well! Week 1 was a 50 pointer, with Hamsah rescuing an abject top order performance to post a competitive 159 at Cropredy, which Dakes and Taggart never gave them a sniff of. Lord Keeping was unable to travel further than 50 yards and so smashed 66 for the 2s so that Ben Hillary could chip in with the remarkable figures of 5-4 to wipe out Buckingham. Strong middle order batting for the 1s (including Dakes' maiden 1st team hundred) against Abingdon Vale in week 2 got us a strong draw and after week 3 was washed out, we recorded an excellent 6 wicket win at Long Marston. Our middle order however was masking problems with the top order and eventually we ran out of recoveries and luck and went on a horrible run of 14 games without a win, and just one high points scoring draw. As the mid season came upon us, availability problems were never far away and had Tew 4s not forfeit against our 2s, we would have had to. The 2s had kept their momentum a little longer, winning games 3,4 & 5 and took decent points in subsequent losses, but the biggest problem we faced was the form of our top order in the 1s.

There were brief glimpses of hope. Brooksie had missed all the games we won with a foot injury, and having not bothered the scorers in his return match, went on a decent run with a couple of mid 40s and a 50. Sam chipped in with a 60 and Hollywood got a few, but the end of season stats would show that only Dakes would pass 300 runs for the year and he got 190 of those in the first 5 games. The bowlers never had much to go at, but nevertheless Dakes and Taggart still toiled away for 53 wickets between them, but we lost Hamsah for 6 of the last 7 weeks, which made it a grind. We weren't helped by the fact that we lost just 2 games to rain, both of them against Oxford, who everyone else hammered. 

After a mid season dip, the 2s came back with wins over Cumnor and Shipton, but when forced to forfeit against Didcot, the resulting penalty 5 points, plus whatever we would have got from the game had we played, left them precariously placed in 8th. Mike Gillet stood alone as a bowling force, taking 31 wickets, before being drafted into the 1s where he picked up a few more, and even a few late performances from the legend that is the Shakester couldn't drag it around, but the batting was the real problem here also with not a single batsman getting over 150 runs for the season.

At the end of the season, the Cherwell League opened its doors to a couple of extra clubs, so relegation went way beyond the standard 'one down' and alas, after a season where we had managed to keep both teams where they started, both went down.  


2016

After 7 consecutive seasons in which one or other of the teams ended the season leaving the division they had played in (mostly through the trap door), we finally had a year where both teams achieved the giddy heights of mid table mediocrity. The 1s had a calamitous start to the year, losing game 1, forfeiting game 2 on account of Taggart's inability to count to 17 and being washed out in game 3, but came back with a strong run of 7 games during which they won 4, had 2 strong draws and lost just 1. Brim full of confidence, we then proceeded to throw away the next 4 games, but recovered well to beat Didcot in game 15. The last 3 weeks of the season were all affected by rain, but we got 2 good draws from 16 and 17, but soaked through and washed out at Horspath in September.

Phil Brooks had another strong season with the bat, passing 50 on three occasions, but on discovering that the price of a jug had increased significantly since his last ton, thought better of converting his 90 or his 70. Upset at missing out, Dakes, who was enjoying an elevated position in the batting order for a change, decided that if Brooksie wasn't buying, then neither was he and got out once in the 70s, and once in the 80s. John Rolfe could barely buy a run at the start of the season, couldn't stop scoring them in June and then put the brakes on for a gradual deceleration through July and August. 

Our bowling attack looked a little short with the disappearance of Hari and Rory and the liklihood of Matt Donnelly not being around much, but the introduction of Hamsah, who had played a couple of games as a 15 year old two years ago, added some venom and Matt Brightwell was finally prized out of his mate's 2s team and as his injury improved, so his bowling became a genuine threat. Taggart and Dakes toiled away manfully for well over 300 overs between them and finished level on 27 wickets (much to Dakes' disgust) with Hamsah just 1 behind. The highlight of the year bowling wise however belonged to the youngster (that's Hamsah Dakes in case you were wondering), who took a 6 for at Leighton Buzzard, including a hat trick that very nearly turned a rubbish score into a winning one.

The 2s were, as ever, hostages to availability, and despite the fact that we still had to forfeit 2 matches, the situation was better than in previous years, with several weeks actually requiring us to select sides. There were encouraging performances form the gradually emerging youth policy. Hairbear, who we should probably now start calling James on account of him not being 6 any more, smashed 70 odd in his first innings, Ben Hillary scored consistently, and Jai Angell proved that if you're good enough, you're old enough, even if you are only 12, and got runs and wickets. New captain Mike Gillett and debutant, David Saint were taking wickets for fun but in the early part of the season, the batting remained fragile. Enter Shaky with a match winning 55, Lord Keeping with a match winning 107 and latterly Mohsin, who after a bit of a run in the 1s decided that hoovering up wickets and smashing hundreds in the 2s was much more fun (are he and Shaky related?). All the while, Sniff wheeled away, opening the batting every week (except when kidnapped by the 1s) and finished top scorer in the 2s in his best season for 11 years.  The 2s finished with a secure 5th place and much optimism for next year.

Whilst there are obvious performances which grab the attention, there were 2 in particular which I want to highlight. At a point in the season where the 1s were not scoring heavily, James Goodband's 32 no against Didcot in a low scoring match was the platform that set us on the way to winning. Ben Hillary's 11 no for the 1s at Kingston Bagpuize, was by no means the highest score in the innings, but he batted through with the tail for 13 overs during which we added 80 odd to secure a decent total, showing a maturity well beyond his years. 



2015

The priority for 2015 was to halt the slide and this at least was achieved in the first team with an exciting last match victory against Long Marston securing 6th place in a division where all outcomes were still possible with 4 weeks left. We started the season with a barrage of runs but failed to convert these to wins in the first half. New recruit Rory Spiers passed 50 five times and on the 6th occasion got a ton in the last game on his way to 515 runs for the season. John Rolfe (372), Phil Brooks (254) and Simon Lloyd (249) made important contributions and Steve Bird was averaging over 50 before he got injured (I know, Birdy injured! Hard to believe) Wickets proved hard to come by on the early season batter friendly pitches, but Ian Murdoch plugged away for almost 200 overs and picked up 38, with support from Mark Dakin (15), Matt Donnelly (17) and Rory again (18). 

Life was less comfortable for the 2s, who despite some fine individual performances from Rob Hawkins (95), Sam Rolfe (94), Vajid Idrees (6-41), struggled with availability. Most of the season was spent at the bottom of the table, but an excellent win away to Abingdon in the penultimate fixture and a walk over in the last match saw them finish 9th. Alas, at the time of writing it looks unlikely that this will be enough to stave off relegation. Newcomer Hari Balakrishnan made a big impact with the bat, passing 70 on three occasions and also picked up 16 wickets. This however installed him as the highest wicket taker in the 2s and although fellow newcomers Gary Tarr and Mike Gillett bowled with some promise, the team did not have enough penetration to win the key matches. Full details of the season are here


2014    

A difficult season for both sides with the 1s relegated from div 4 and the 2s from div 6. We were however competitive in both teams on many occasions and persevered with a conscious decision to push youngsters through the system. The resulting performances of Joe Mannion (5-46 against KB), Shaun Dryden (5-44 against Challow), James Goodband   (59 against Challow) and Jake Easton (7 wickets @ 36 and averaging 25 with the bat), alongside the emergence of Efan Morris and a few others, suggested that there is much to look forward to. An exceptional year for Russ Turner, who made 464 runs at 42.18 (incl. 119*) and solid performances from John Rolfe (289 @ 22.23 across both teams) and Ian Murdoch (27 wickets @ 20.48 ). Mark Dakin also scored a hundred for the 2s against Long Marston. Click here for the season breakdown.


2013

Some early season instability set the 1s off on the wrong foot, and despite being competitive on many occasions, a lack of a bowling penetration left us with a mountain to climb and we were relegated from div 3. The 2s, fresh from being promoted, had a solid season with some excellent performances (Rob Hawkins averaged over 60 including 2 hundreds, a hundred for Richard Dryden and Ian Murdoch took 7-20 and 6-26). For a full breakdown of results and averages, click here.


2012

An excellent season for both sides. The 1s were in the mix for promotion from division 3 right up to the end of the season, and despite a wobble at the end of the year, the 2s secured promotion to division 6. Ben Keeping starred with the ball, taking an 8, 2 7s and a 6 on his way to 38 div 3 wickets, and Paul Brezezcki's 11 wickets in the 2s took him to 40 for the year. There were hundreds for Martin Middleton, Conor Taylor and Phil Brooks in the 1s and Rob Hawkins in the 2s. For full results and averages, click here.


2011

A steady year for the 1s but a lack of availability and a sudden change of heart by the league on numbers up and down saw the 2s relegated from 9th in the division. Martin Middleton and Phil Brooks scored heavily for the 1s, and wickets came predominantly from Mark Dakin and Paul Brezezicki. In the 2nds, John Rolfe and Doug McIndoe were the main contributors with the bat, and Malcolm Ashby and Ian Murdoch toiled away manfully with the ball, but we didn't take enough wickets to survive in div 6. For 1s averages, click here, and for 2s here.