Ryan ready to take Banbury on to next level in title bid

Luke Ryan is the new man at the helm at White Post Road
Luke Ryan is the new man at the helm at White Post Road

Luke Ryan says it is time for Banbury to lose their ‘nearly team’ tag and make a serious push for the Home Counties
Premier Cricket League title.

Banbury open their division one campaign with a home fixture against Horspath and Ryan, who took over from Jimmy Phillips during the winter, is looking for his new-look side to hit the ground running.

We’ve been the nearly team too often and we need to be more consistent.

Banbury captain Luke Ryan

Banbury have promised much in recent years but are yet to deliver and Ryan said: “We’ve been the nearly team too often and I’ve been in two Banbury teams that have finished runners-up. We need to be more consistent and hopefully we’ve added a bit more steel to the side this time.

“The atmosphere is really good at the club and the players seem to be enjoying their cricket at this early stage.”

Banbury have made three additions to the first team with Tim Paine, Hugo Darby and Karl Penhale arriving at White Post Road.

Paine gave his new team-mates an early season boost with a century in Saturday’s pre-season fixture at Great Tew where Darby hit a half-century.

Ryan said: “Tim Paine will not only be a big player for us with his batting on the field but he will have a big influence on the other players and they will see what it takes to get to the top. He will be able to offer a lot of advice to our younger players and he’s got involved straight away.

“Hugo Darby looks very comfortable at the top of the order and Karl Penhale will offer another variation and we’ve got plenty of options in attack now with every type of bowler in the squad.”