Champions next up as Banbury look to stay in title race

Burnham's Adnan Malik sends down a delivery to Banbury batsman Craig Haupt with wicket keeper Raja Rehman and slip Naseer Ahmed looking on
Burnham's Adnan Malik sends down a delivery to Banbury batsman Craig Haupt with wicket keeper Raja Rehman and slip Naseer Ahmed looking on

The Home Counties Premier Cricket League title race is hotting up.

Just six points separate the top three sides in division one as Banbury prepare to host champions High Wycombe on Saturday.

Games of cricket can change very quickly and that’s what I kept telling the players

Captain Lloyd Sabin

The champions, captained by former Banbury batsman Nathan Hawkes, arrive at White Post Road with their hopes of retaining their title fading after last weekend’s defeat against leaders Finchampstead. Banbury are in third place, six points behind Finchampstead and three behind Henley and it looks like a three-way race between these teams for the crown.

Banbury kept in the hunt with a dramatic late victory over Burnham in Saturday’s thriller at White Post Road.

Looking ahead to Saturday’s clash, captain Lloyd Sabin said: “Games against High Wycombe are always big games and great games to play in. They will be looking to come here and get the victory they need.

“We just got to stay in control of our own game and not look at the table.”

Looking back on Saturday’s game, Sabin said: “Cricket can change very quickly and that’s what I kept telling the players.

“We weren’t 100 per cent batting, we were about 30 runs short, or fielding. But getting the seventh wicket was the turning point.”