Bunbury Festival an enjoyable experience for Worthing’s Nick

Nick Oxley with Paul Collingwood
Nick Oxley with Paul Collingwood

WORTHING Cricket Club spinner Nick Oxley joined a whole host of illustrious names who have played in the Bunbury under-15 Cricket Festival last month.

The 14-year-old left-arm chinaman was part of the south east team who took part in the event for the best young cricketers in the country.

The south east side won two matches and lost three in Durham, with some of the games taking place at the Emirates Stadium, where the fourth Ashes Test will be held.

Oxley, who looks up to Australian great Shane Warne as his role model, played four games and is also eligible for next year’s competition, when he is hopeful of representing the south east again.

He said: “It was a really good experience and I enjoyed it a lot.

“I went up there with the aims of enjoying my cricket and hoping that the wickets would come.

“I picked up one wicket but I was playing a year up, so it was harder than I expected and I didn’t get the chance to bat.

“I’m hoping to be selected to go up again next year now.”

The south east team beat the north and south west sides in Bunbury, but lost to eventual winners the Midlands. In the final game of the tournament, Oxley took an excellent one-handed catch fielding at extra cover.

Oxley received his Bunbury cap from former England Test cricketer Paul Collingwood, who has previously played in the Bunbury Festival, which is in its 27th year.

A whole host of other England internationals have previously played in the Bunbury Festival, including current captain Alastair Cook, Graeme Swann, Matt Prior, Michael Vaughan and Andrew Flintoff.

Oxley made his debut for the Worthing 1st XI earlier this year and on his aims for the future said” “I just want to keep improving and I hope to get into the Sussex Academy next year.

“I’m hoping to get a few more games for the Worthing 1st XI this year and my long-term aim is to get a professional contract at Sussex and play for England.”