Ryan looking for Banbury to sign off with silverware

Banbury's Richard West sends down a delivery against Slough at White Post Road
Banbury's Richard West sends down a delivery against Slough at White Post Road

Banbury captain Luke Ryan is looking for his side to end the year with some silverware on Sunday.

The White Post Road club meet old rivals Oxford in Sunday’s Bernard Tollett Cup final at Abingdon Vale CC and Ryan is hoping Banbury’s success in limited overs cricket will be enough to lift the trophy.

Limited overs cricket is something we’ve done well at in recent years

Banbury captain Luke Ryan

Oxford were relegated from the top division of the Home Counties Premier Cricket League this year while Banbury finished runners-up to High Wycombe in their final division one fixture.

Ryan said: “Limited overs cricket is something we’ve done well at in recent years. We’ve got a bowling attack that’s well suited to this format and batsmen who can put pressure on bowlers.

“But Oxford have also got a couple of players who can turn a game and anything can happen in Twenty20 cricket.”

Looking back on Saturday’s three wicket victory over Slough, Ryan added: “We played how we know we can.

“We didn’t want to let the season fizzle out so it was important we kept our standards high which we did.

“We let Slough get away from us a bit towards the end of their innings but we still picked up the 20 points we were after.

“We would probably have took the runners-up spot at the start of the year and I hope we can go one better next year.”