Banbury get boost for trip to old rivals

High Wycombe batsman Cameron Parsons deals with a delivery as Banbury wicket keeper Will Hawtin and slip Craig Haupt get set
High Wycombe batsman Cameron Parsons deals with a delivery as Banbury wicket keeper Will Hawtin and slip Craig Haupt get set

Boosted by a welcome win, Banbury head to high-flying Oxford for Saturday’s Home Counties Premier Cricket League derby.

Banbury got back to winning ways against High Wycombe and now head to their traditional rivals who have made a good start to life back in division one since coming back up.

Charlie [Hill] hadn’t been on at me to use him more but he may do now!

Banbury captain Lloyd Sabin

Skipper Lloyd Sabin said: “Oxford have been going really well, they always seem to do well on their own pitch so it will be a tough game. But if we can perform like we have been for the last few weeks I’m sure we can get something.”

Looking back on Saturday’s success, Sabin added: “We’re pleased to get the win, especially against High Wycombe because they’re a very good side.

“Full credit to our seam bowlers, they were excellent and set us up for the victory.

“Charlie Hill opened the bowling for the first couple of games but I haven’t used him a lot since them and just had a hunch the wicket and conditions may suit him on Saturday.

“Charlie puts the ball in the right place and he did exactly that on Saturday. Charlie hadn’t been on at me to use him more but he may do now!

“I always felt that if I stayed out there we would get the required runs. Luckily, that’s what I managed to do.”

Richard West is back for Saturday’s derby but Jack Wilkins and Ed Phillips are unavailable so former captain Jimmy Phillips could retain his place.

Sabin added: “I brought Jimmy in if we needed another spin option.

“In the end we didn’t but Jimmy still has a lot of experience which he passed on to the younger players and helped me make some key decisions at times.”