West keeps Banbury on the right course ahead of derby

Banbury captain Lloyd Sabin is playing down this weekend's derby at White Post Road

Banbury captain Lloyd Sabin is playing down this weekend's derby at White Post Road

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Banbury captain Lloyd Sabin is playing down the significance of this weekend’s derby with Great & Little Tew.

The two sides meet for the first time at White Post Road in the Home Counties Premier Cricket League, having shared the spoils at Ledwell Road earlier in the year.

I’m delighted to see us third in the table with such a young squad

Captain Lloyd Sabin

Banbury got back to winning ways in division one on Saturday but still trail leaders Finchampstead by 25 points. They are seven points adrift of second-placed Henley who play the leaders on Saturday.

Sabin said: “I know a lot of people try and make it out to be a big game but I don’t really see it as that. It’s just another game of cricket.

“To be honest, I’m delighted to see us third in the table with such a young squad. We’ll just keep on trying to win our remaining games and see if we can go higher.

“We’re still in and around the title chase and we’ve done very well to stay there especially as we lost Kurtis Patterson last month.”

But Banbury will be without Hugo Darby but Brad Taylor, who missed the game at Tring Park, is available.

Richard West and Sabin led the way as Banbury beat Tring Park by 23 runs.

Sabin added: “We didn’t make the ideal start again, it was similar to the previous week against High Wycombe.

“But Justin Lamden and I got us back into it and Richard West played a great innings.”