Oxenford Cricket Club
Address: Jesus College Sports Ground, Oxford, OX4 2AE
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Oxenford is a league and social cricket club based in the city of Oxford. We enter 2 senior teams in the Oxfordshire Cricket Association (OCA) League and play regular 40 over friendly matches at the weekend and some T20 on weekday evenings.
Oxenford are one of several Oxford based league clubs but our large membership means that we are one of the biggest. Last summer we had 85 separate players represent the club on the field. Our membership is still growing with around 20 new players joining in each of the last two seasons.
The club is proud to be one of very few city centre clubs that are truly representative of Oxford’s true ‘town and gown’ nature and continue to welcome new players from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. The club is rightly proud of the hard-earned reputation of being ethnically diverse, inclusive and for balancing competitiveness with fair play and decency.
In 2016 the club’s 1st XI will be competing in the top division of OCA League for the fifth consecutive year while the 2nd XI will be playing their cricket in Division 6, having achieved promotion last year. This represents our ongoing progress as a club, best summarised by the fact that our 2 sides have achieved a combined total of 9 promotions in the past 10 years.
The club has roots in the city dating back to 1948 when the club played under their original guise of St John’s College Estates. The club were later known as Aristotle CC, but have been playing league cricket under the banner of Oxenford since 1978 when the club was founded following the amalgamation of Aristotle with New Cross Cricket Club.
The name ‘Oxenford’ is obviously quite unusual and was chosen at least in part because the moniker Oxford CC was already taken! It does have some significance in Oxford’s history though as when the city was first occupied in Saxon times, it was initially known as “Oxenaforda” or “Ford of the Ox”. In the days before bridges the ford here in Oxford provided an important means of crossing the River Thames. The club emblem of the ‘bowling ox on the ford’ remains popular and has been used since formation, even if his bowling technique is somewhat questionable!
Throughout the past 65 years the club has played on a number of city grounds. The club played on New College for approximately 50 years but have also played regularly at St John's, Magdalen, Jesus and Keble College grounds more recently. Perhaps unsurprisingly, these strong links with the University has meant that the club can call upon significant number of under-grad, post-grad and University staff members.