Sabin is looking to sign off in style by retaining the trophy

Banbury captain Lloyd Sabin wants to retain the trophy at White Post Road on Sunday
Banbury captain Lloyd Sabin wants to retain the trophy at White Post Road on Sunday

Banbury captain Lloyd Sabin will be looking to end his first season at the helm with a trophy.

The holders take on Oxford in Sunday’s Bernard Tollett Cup at White Post Road where Sabin will be looking for his side make up for the disappointment of finishing fourth in the Home Counties Premier Cricket League.

Oxford will be a far more different proposition than when we played them last year

Captain Lloyd Sabin

But Banbury will up against a far more confident Oxford side in a repeat of last year’s final. Oxford had just been relegated from the top division when the two sides met 12 months ago.

But this time they go into the final having secured promotion at the first attempt, finishing second behind champions Horspath.

Sabin said: “Sunday will be a big day for us and we’re keen to finish with a trophy.

“The Bernard Tollett Cup is a trophy I feel we haven’t won enough times since I’ve been at the club. I think I’ve only won it twice, so I’ll be looking to make sure we keep the trophy here on Sunday.

“Oxford will be a far more difficult proposition than when we played them last year, they are a better side this year. Back then they were already relegated and had got into a losing habit.

“This time they know how to win games even though they are in a lower division. They will be keen to get revenge for last season and games between us are always keenly contested.”

Sunday’s final starts at 2pm and follows the Wilf Bennett Trophy final at 10:30am at White Post Road.