Paine completes century as Banbury romp home

Banbury opener Tim Paine completed a century at Tring Park
Banbury opener Tim Paine completed a century at Tring Park

Tim Paine completed a century as Banbury romped to a comfortable 133 run victory in Saturday’s Home Counties Premier Cricket League fixture at Tring Park.

Captain Luke Ryan elected to bat in the division one fixture and Paine soon had the scoreboard ticking over despite running out of partners as fellow opener Hugo Darby, Lloyd Sabin and Richard West only scored 20 runs off the bat between them.

But Tom Bartlett 18 came to the crease on his first team debut and took the score on to 85-4 before he departed. Paine made 109 runs off 128 balls which included 11 fours before he was caught by Shelvin Gumbs off Simon Stanway with Banbury on 189-7.

Ryan 14 and Ashley Blanchard 15 helped take the visitors passed the 200-mark as they finished on 206-8.

In reply, openers Robin Pritchard and Duncan Maddinson were soon heading back to the pavilion and a top order collapse left the hosts in deep trouble on 30-4 with Gumbs 21 the only batsman to cope with the visitors attack.

Once Gumbs had departed wickets continued to tumble at regular intervals and Tring were dismissed in the 31st over for just 73 runs as Ryan took 3-7, well backed up by Liam Manley 2-13 and Ollie Wright 2-15.