Oxfordshire captain Ian Hawtin rues draw with Wiltshire

Ian Hawtin
Ian Hawtin aims to lead Oxfordshire to a first Minor Counties title in 22 years

Oxfordshire captain Ian Hawtin was disappointed at not beating Wiltshire in a rain-hit opening game of the Minor Counties Championship season.

After being bowled out for 150, Oxon then bowled out Western Division neighbours Wiltshire for 223, before reaching 220-4 second time around.

"We were bowled out cheaply on the first day and it wasn't easy after that," Hawtin told BBC Oxford.

"We had targeted a win so this is disappointing," said the 44-year-old.

A draw was always on the cards after rain caused the entire loss of the third day, but Hawtin refuses to use the bad weather as an excuse.

"The rain didn't help," he said, "so there wasn't much time to get a result, but we're still disappointed.

"But I said after the match there were positives, especially from the bowling and batting front. We stuck in there and battled back, and the bowlers did well."

After their first game at Challow & Childrey, Oxfordshire are at home again for their second Western Division fixture next week, when they play Devon at Great Tew (26-28 June).

"They are a strong side," said Hawtin. "But we've beaten them the last few times we've played them and we'll now go into the game confident that we can do well."

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