Banbury have to settle for a draw at Wycombe

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Banbury came close to pulling off an unlikely victory in Saturday’s Home Counties Premier Cricket League fixture at High Wycombe.

Luke Ryan’s side finished just 13 runs short of victory in the division one fixture at Wycombe where ex-Banbury batsman Nathan Hawkes completed an unbeaten century but his former side went all out for maximum points before having to settle for a draw.

Wycombe posted 276-3 with Hawkes 107no leading the way while Karl Penhale took 2-35 as the Banbury bowlers toiled without much reward.

In reply, Banbury were left with a reduced 46 overs to reach their target because of rain. But they gave it a real go with opener Tim Paine hitting 83 runs off 83 balls as the visitors reached 207-5.

The scoreboard continued to tick over with Ian Tew 72 leading the charge but, with the rain continuing to fall and the light fading, Banbury still required 41 off the last three overs and they closed on 263-9 with Ed Phillips hitting a plucky 43 runs.