Banbury are already under pressure as leaders go clear

Banbury's Ian Tew hit 72 runs off 52 balls at High Wycombe
Banbury's Ian Tew hit 72 runs off 52 balls at High Wycombe

Banbury captain Luke Ryan said his side could not afford to lose more ground on Home Counties Premier Cricket League leaders Henley Town but that’s exactly what happened.

Banbury captain Luke Ryan said his side could not afford to lose more ground on Home Counties Premier Cricket League leaders Henley Town but that’s exactly what happened.

All we can do is make sure we’re in a position to take advantage of Henley slip up

Banbury captain Luke Ryan

While Banbury were just falling short in their run chase at High Wycombe the division one leaders were chalking up their seventh straight win of the campaign at Burnham.

Banbury came close to pulling off an unlikely victory at High Wycombe where Ryan’s side finished just 13 runs short. But Henley now have a 50-point advantage over Banbury and that will take some pulling back even at this early stage.

Banbury entertain Reading on Saturday and it is a game they must win if they are to get back in the title race, especially as Henley take on basement boys Oxford on the same day.

Ryan said: “We’ve got the ability to bowl sides out and not just chase down the runs and I would always back us to win games.

“That’s all we can do and make sure we’re in a position to take advantage if Henley slip up.”

Looking back on Saturday’s draw at High Wycombe, Ryan added: “We couldn’t have done much more. It was a flat track and they had wickets in hand but we probably allowed them to get 20 or 25 more runs than they should have got.

“We had a real good go but it’s sometimes difficult to get a result in this format despite how well you bat.”