Oxfordshire coach eyes strong start to Western Division

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Oxfordshire coach Rupert Evans says his side are determined to make a strong start in the MCCA Western Division this season.

They finished third last year and host Wiltshire in the first game of their 2011 campaign on Sunday.

"It's a home game and it's cliché but we want to hit the ground running and have a good start," the 57-year-old told BBC Oxford.

"It we have a good start it will lift the morale in the squad."

Oxfordshire have not won the Minor Counties championship since 1989, and Evans blames the availability of first-team players for his side's lack of silverware over the last two decades.

"It isn't always possible to put your best team on the field of play," he said.

"Our players are not full-time professional cricketers, so they have to secure annual leave and get time off work in order to play.

"But hopefully a good start this season will reflect positively on the availability of the players."

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