Ryan looks to maintain good start on both fronts

Banbury captain Luke Ryan
Banbury captain Luke Ryan

Banbury go into this weekend’s double-header with captain Luke Ryan looking for his side to extend their excellent start to the campaign.

Ryan has seen his Banbury side go top of the Home Counties Premier Cricket League with back-to-back wins ahead of Saturday’s trip to Harefield.

It’s been a great start for us and I can’t ask for more than to bowl sides out for 60 and 70 runs

Banbury captain Luke Ryan

Two days later, the division one leaders entertain High Wycombe in the second round of the ECB T20 Cup at White Post Road.

Ian Tew replaces Tom Bartlett and Karl Penhale returns in place of the unavailable Ashley Blanchard for Saturday’s fixture at Harefield where Ryan is looking for his batsmen to show more application, something that has hampered the club’s title ambitions in recent years.

Ryan said: “It’s been a great start for us and I can’t ask for more than to bowl out two sides for 60 and 70 runs. But I was disappointed with our batting again because we’ve got players who can score runs.

“Our batsmen need to show more application out there because in recent years that has let us down. They’ve not been able to put enough pressure on the opposition when it has mattered in key games. That has cost us in those games.”

Looking ahead to Monday’s T20 Cup tie, Ryan added: “We had a taste of getting to the finals at The Oval a couple of years ago and there was a real feel-good factor around the club then, so we would obviously like to have another good run in the competition.”

Richard West is unavailable and Hugo Darby could also be missing while Paine is not allowed to play in the competition. So Bartlett and Ed Phillips will come in to the squad for Monday’s tie.