Captain keeping Banbury on course for title charge

Tring Park batsman Adam Partner gets set to play his shot as Banbury wicket keeper Tim Paine and Lloyd Sabin look on at White Post Road
Tring Park batsman Adam Partner gets set to play his shot as Banbury wicket keeper Tim Paine and Lloyd Sabin look on at White Post Road

With seven games to go, Banbury are firmly back in the Home Counties Premier Cricket League title race.

Luke Ryan’s side are just one point behind division one leaders Henley and fellow title-challengers High Wycombe.

There is a long way to go and we must guard against complacency

Banbury captain Luke Ryan

Banbury leap-frogged High Wycombe into second place after they chalked up their fourth win on the spin against Tring Park at White Post Road while long-time leaders Henley drew with Slough and High Wycombe drew with Oxford.

Ryan will be looking for his team to keep that run going when they entertain Harefield on Saturday.

But the Banbury skipper knows he will have to guard against complacency to make sure his players maintain the form they have shown in the last four games.

Banbury travel to the champions the following week and Ryan will want to be going to Henley on the back of another victory with the chance of going top.

Ryan said: “Results have gone our way in recent weeks, which they didn’t earlier in the year, but we’ve done what we’ve needed to do to get back in the title race.

“The only games we haven’t won this year were against Henley when we lost, the draw at High Wycombe and the abandoned one with Oxford.

“Now its back in our hands, we’ve got seven games left, including ones against Henley and High Wycombe, and if we win all seven we will be champions. But there is a long way to go and we must guard against complacency, that’s something we’re continually telling the players.”

Ryan will stick with the same 11 players for this week’s fixture with Harefield at White Post Road.