Alex Oxley becomes Suffolk’s youngest debutant since the Second World War
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History-making teenager Alex Oxley has had a taste of Minor Counties Cricket action, and is now desperate for more.
The Bury St Edmunds player became Suffolk’s youngest debutant since the Second World War, aged just 16 years and 60 days, when he made his debut in the Unicorns Championship match at Northumberland, on Sunday.
The Culford School pupil batted at number three and hit 39 off 99 balls, including four boundaries in a stand of 85 with Jaik Mickleburgh.
Oxley was eventually run-out following a mix-up, while Mickleburgh went on to make 218 in Suffolk’s 424 for four, as the visitors won by 10 wickets.
Oxley said: “My team-mates were so supportive and made me feel so welcome from the moment I walked into the dressing room.
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“They made me feel like I was one of them all through the three days.
“I was really excited to bat at No.3 and it was a great opportunity for me as a youngster, especially to bat with Jaik Mickleburgh.
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“To be able to watch how he approaches his innings and how he plays different bowlers was unbelievable.
“He was exceptionally calm and very collected and it was a great experience for me to bat with a player of his quality.”
Oxley added: “Everything at that level comes much faster – there is no thinking time – and it is much more intense than at school level, which is much more relaxed.
“But after experiencing it I want more, so I will keep working and training hard and doing the little one per centers to get better and better and maybe another opportunity will come along.”
Suffolk now turn their attention to this Sunday’s Unicorns East T20 competition at the Victory Ground, Bury St Edmunds.
The hosts face Cambridgeshire (10am), before Bedfordshire take on Hertfordshire (1.30pm). The two winners will then meet in the final (5pm).
Tickets are available for a celebration luncheon in honour of Suffolk County Cricket Association Secretary, Toby Pound.
Pound has clocked up 25 years as secretary and the luncheon is taking place at Copdock Cricket Club on Monday, July 3 (12.30pm start).
The cost is £285 for a table of 10 or individual places can be reserved at £30 each.
Reservations can be made by cheque payable to ‘Suffolk CCA’ to Norman Atkins, 7, Meadowvale Close, Ipswich IP4 4HE.