Patterson hits century as Banbury extend winning run

Tring batsman Saif Zaib plays his shot as Banbury wicket keeper Will Hawtin and slip Craig Haupt look on
Tring batsman Saif Zaib plays his shot as Banbury wicket keeper Will Hawtin and slip Craig Haupt look on

Banbury made it five wins on the spin as they beat Tring Park by three wickets in Saturday’s Home Counties Premier Cricket League fixture.

But victory only came off the last ball of the innings in Saturday’s division one thriller at White Post Road where Kurtis Patterson completed a century for the leaders.

Having been inserted, the visitors made a steady start, reaching 87-2 with Benjamin Abbott 64 and Saif Zaib 35 making good knocks before Thomas Helm 65 and Michael Payne 52 took them on to 210-4.

Tring Park closed on 261-9 and Banbury were soon in trouble in reply as openers Craig Haupt and Will Hawtin were back in the pavilion with the leaders on 15-2.

But skipper Lloyd Sabin 41 and Patterson produced the key partnership as they took Banbury on to 141-3. Patterson was finally dismissed for 142 runs, which included 13 fours and four sixes, having taken Banbury closer to the target on 247-6 when he departed.

Richard West 17 and Josh Megson 19 made useful contributions but Banbury still needed 11 runs off the final over. That was reduced to five after the visitors were penalised for a slow bowling rate and they got home when Karl Penhale and Charlie Hill found the winning runs off the last ball.