Oxfordshire captain believes focusing on youth works

Ian Hawtin
Hawtin believes the youth set-up in Oxfordshire has been a success

Oxfordshire captain Ian Hawtin says they will use their youth set-up to build solid foundations for the future.

Hawtin told BBC Oxford that the current system which focuses on younger talent is a recipe for success.

He said: "We are producing young lads that are going on to play first-class cricket and that's what we're here to try and do.

"A few younger lads have come into the side and done very well so I think that is very good for the future."

The effectiveness of Oxfordshire's youth system is evidenced by the progression of Matt Taylor, 17, who has played two CB40 games for Gloucestershire this season and Jack Brooks, who was awarded with a call-up to the England Lions following his excellent form for Northants.

Hawtin said: "Oxfordshire has a strong youth system from Under-10s up to Under-17s with a development side right up to the minor counties side.

"There's a lot of money and time and effort spent, a lot of it by volunteers coaching these young lads from a very early age."

The club have finished third in the league on three consecutive occasions but are currently lying in fifth place in the table.

Of this weekend's game with Berkshire, Watkin said: "They are a good side, they have won all four of their games so far so it'll be a tough game but I don't see any reason why we can't compete and try and win the game."

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