Patterson’s impact will be short and sweet

Banbury's Kurtis Patterson and Finchampstead wicket-keeper Suki Kang during Saturday's fixture
Banbury's Kurtis Patterson and Finchampstead wicket-keeper Suki Kang during Saturday's fixture

Kurtis Patterson has been an instant hit at Banbury but they will have to do without his services at the business end of the season.

The Australian left-hander has produced two high-scoring innings in the Home Counties Premier Cricket League since his arrival but he will not be available for the run-in.

They’ve got a good spin attack but so have we and it will down to which side deals with it the best

Captain Lloyd Sabin

That’s because Patterson has been called into the Australian A squad to face India A later this summer.

Captain Lloyd Sabin said: “Kurtis [Patterson] has started very well for us and fitted in quickly. So it will be disappointing to lose him later in the season but we knew it was going to happen and it’s great for him to get called up.”

Banbury travel to Burnham for Saturday’s division one fixture, looking to make it three wins on the spin. But Sabin says Burnham are a bit of an unknown quantity and his side will have to be on their guard.

He added; “Burnham is always a difficult place to go, they are a dangerous side and are as likely to score 300 runs or be out for 100. It’s a slow wicket there and it turns a bit. They’ve got a good spin attack but so have we and it will be down to which side deals with it the best.”

But Sabin is delighted with the way his side has started the campaign and said: “Besides getting two wins, what has pleased me has been the way we’ve been strong to make sure we stop the opposition from getting back in it.

“When sides have come back at us, our bowlers and fielders have stuck together.”