Ian Hawtin unfazed by Oxfordshire’s league position

Ian Hawtin
Hawtin is aiming to lead Oxfordshire to their first title in 22 years

Oxfordshire captain Ian Hawtin says his side are not worried to be second from bottom in the Western Division table.external-link

Oxon, who finished third last year, have failed to win their opening two games of the season.

"Over the past two years we've drawn and lost our first two games and still ended up third so we're certainly not out of it yet," he told BBC Oxford.

"There's lots of cricket to play with four games to go, so I'm sure positive results will come."

Oxon were beaten by 116 runs at the hands of Devon on Tuesday and Hawtin admits he was disappointed by his side's batting performance.

"I'm frustrated in what happened against Devon, we nearly held out for a draw. But we really let ourselves down in the first day with our batting performance," said the 44-year-old.

"We played some good cricket apart from one session on the first day, but we were 55-6 then and it really was an uphill battle from there."

Oxon fielded a young side with the average age of 20 for the match, and Hawtin insists the players will learn from the defeat.

"All credit to the young lads because it was a young side, they battled hard to try and save the game and just fell short of getting there in the end," he said.

"They will all learn quite a bit by it and will take positives from it, so next time they will get us a win.

"It's all about trying to make sure they learn from this and I'm sure they will come good and have positive results in the future for Oxfordshire."

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