Sabin salutes his players as Banbury end year on a high

Banbury captain Lloyd Sabin paid tribute to his young side

Banbury captain Lloyd Sabin paid tribute to his young side

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Lloyd Sabin paid tribute to his young side as Banbury ended the season with some silverware.

Banbury retained the Bernard Tollett Trophy, beating Oxford for the second year running in Sunday’s final.

Captain Lloyd Sabin and his Banbury players celebrate their Bernard Tollett Cup success NNL-161209-164036002

Captain Lloyd Sabin and his Banbury players celebrate their Bernard Tollett Cup success NNL-161209-164036002

Luke Ryan hit the winning runs, a six, as Banbury won by six wickets in Sunday’s final at White Post Road. Ryan, at 28, was the most experienced player in the Banbury side.

Sabin said: “I fancied our chances but Oxford got of to a good start and I knew we needed to pull it back or else we would struggling. But in the end I would always back us to chase a 130 target.

“With the batting line-up we had I always expected us to get the runs and we got off to a really good start.

“After I was out we rebuilt well because that was a period when we may have struggled but Luke [Ryan] batted well and Charlie Hill came in to play a mature innings. As long as we kept our wickets we were always going to get over the line.

With the batting line-up we had I always expected us to get the runs but it was our fielding which won us the game

Captain Lloyd Sabin

“Oxford bowled really well and kept it tight but I felt it was our fielding which won us the game.

“It was a young side and there was a chance they could have panicked but they didn’t and it was fitting that Luke hit the winning runs. His figures might not show it but he’s had a very good season with the ball.

“It’s been a really good season, fourth doesn’t do us justice in the Home Counties Premier League, so to win a trophy with such a young side is great for them is a big boost and a good marker for the future.”