Phillips leads the way as Banbury close gap on leaders

Ed Phillips on his way to an unbeaten 87 runs against Tring Park at White Post Road
Ed Phillips on his way to an unbeaten 87 runs against Tring Park at White Post Road

Ed Phillips produced one of his best batting performances as Banbury beat Tring Park by five wickets in Saturday’s Home Counties Premier Cricket League fixture.

Banbury’s victory saw them close the gap to one just point on division one leaders Henley, who drew with Slough, as they leap-frogged High Wycombe, who drew with Oxford, into second place.

The visitors elected to bat at White Post Road where Tring’s top order produced a steady flow of runs through Adam Partner 35, James Hawkes 29 and Thomas Helm 20. They reached 125-3 at lunch but it was Michael Payne 60 who helped take them past the 200 mark as the wickets finally began to fall.

Tring closed on 221-9 in their 64 overs with Luke Ryan taking 4-42 and Jimmy Phillips picking up 3-51.

In reply, opener Tim Paine 24 was given out with Thomas Helm taking the catch low down in the slips. But fellow opener Phillips was not to be removed and he proved the mainstay of the Banbury innings as the hosts reached 94-1 at tea.

Phillips and Lloyd Sabin produced the crucial partnership of 113 runs before Sabin was bowled by Sam Helm for 66 runs off 86 balls, which included seven fours and two sixes. Phillips remained at the crease to finish unbeaten on 87 runs from 139 balls, with nine fours and two sixes, as he and Ryan took Banbury to victory in the 52nd over.