Oxfordshire's Rupert Evans eyes Western Division title

Cricket

Oxfordshire coach Rupert Evans believes his side can win the Minor Counties Western Division this season.

They start their 2011 Western Division campaign against Wiltshire on 12 June having finished third last year.

"We have discussed it and everybody in the squad believes we can end top of the group, so that's what we're aiming to do," Evans told BBC Oxford.

"I want this team to be successful, which means finishing higher than we have done and to win our division."

Oxfordshire, who have not won the Minor Counties championship since 1989, narrowly missed out on securing the divisional title in 2009 after failing to beat Berkshire on the final day of the season.

However Evans is hopeful his squad have the right mix of experience and youth to challange for silverware this season.

"We certainly believe our future is bright, we've got a good blend in the first team of experience and youth," he said.

"We got some good youth players coming through, such as Luke Ryan, 22, Nathan Hawks, 22, and Matt Taylor, 16, and we've had outstanding performances from Richard Kaufman, 30, and [skipper] Ian Hawtin, 44, who has captained brilliantly to date.

"We're doing a lot of good things at the moment and we're trying to achieve that blend this season of experience and youth, and so far we're pleased with how it's going."