Talented teenager Chris Humphreys has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the cricketing ranks during the summer of 2017. The 19-year-old left-arm spinner first played for Stoke Row back in 2013, but was approached earlier this summer by Oxford to play for their Saturday 1st XI in the HCPCL (Home Counties Premier Cricket League), the highest standard of cricket in the local area.
The Bath University student, who is studying Chemical Engineering, has performed
admirably, and, quite remarkably, had the second best bowling average of those with more than three wickets towards the end of the season. His 22 wickets have come at an average that is better than Finchampstead’s South African professional Jandre Coetzee and Banbury’s former Pakistan Test Match star Aizaz Cheema.
Chump’s ability did not go unnoticed by the Minor Counties selectors, and he took 4 wickets for 18 runs from 10 overs on his Oxfordshire 2nd XI debut against Wiltshire 2nd XI. However, while guiding Oxford to second in the HCPCL, he has also continued to play regularly for the Peppard Stoke Row Midweek XI and the Sunday Unicorns, showcasing a maturity, humbleness and appreciation of his roots which will stand him well in the game.
Currently PSR’s top wicket-taker across all formats with 40 wickets at an average of almost 10 runs per wicket, he has also scored 282 runs at an average of 47, including three 50s. His top score was 71 against ISIS. Speaking on his progression, Humphreys said: ‘This has been the most fun summer I have ever had, although there have been times playing for Oxfordshire 2nds when I’d rather have been with the Unicorns’.