Century maker Paine sees Banbury to fifth win on the spin

Banbury captain Luke Ryan saw his side chalk up their fifth straight win
Banbury captain Luke Ryan saw his side chalk up their fifth straight win

Tim Paine completed an unbeaten century as Banbury beat Harefield by nine wickets in Saturday’s Home Counties Premier Cricket League fixture.

Banbury’s victory sees them remain one point behind division one leaders Henley, who beat Horspath, and ahead of High Wycombe, who accounted for Tring Park.

The visitors were soon in trouble at White Post Road and were 93-5 at lunch on slow wicket following Friday’s heavy rain before they recovered to reach 174-9 in their 64 overs. Captain Luke Ryan took 4-40 and Jimmy Phillips picked up 2-32.

Having restricted Harefield to less than 200, Banbury had plenty of time to reach their target and they did so for the loss of just one wicket, that of Ed Phillips. Paine 101no - his fourth ton for the club - and Lloyd Sabin 69no saw Banbury home to a facile victory.

The only real threat to them chalking up their fifth win on the bounce was if they ran out of cricket balls. Travellers who had set up camp in the adjoining King’s Field - causing the abandonment of the SNCL fixture between Bodicote and Byfield - were not too amused at having to field a couple of huge sixes which came over the hedge.