Ryan ready to take on the leaders

Harefield batsman Jalpesh Vijay is bowled by Banbury's Ashley Blanchard as Tim Paine and Richard West look on
Harefield batsman Jalpesh Vijay is bowled by Banbury's Ashley Blanchard as Tim Paine and Richard West look on

The champions will provide Banbury with their next examination in what could be the decisive game so far in the Home Counties Premier Cricket League campaign.

Banbury travel to division one leaders Henley for Saturday’s showdown on the back of five straight victories and, if they can make that six, then Luke Ryan’s side would be in pole position for the title run-in.

We’ll be going there for the win, as we have done all season, especially after the run we’ve been on

Banbury captain Luke Ryan

The top three teams are separated by just five points and Banbury’s only loss came at the hands of the champions at White Post Road, a five wicket defeat. So Ryan will be keen to avenge that reverse at the Brakspear Ground on Saturday.

He said: “We’ll be going there for the win, as we have done all season, especially after the run we’ve been on.

“We’re going to have to assess the conditions of the wicket before the game.

“It’s no use beating Henley and High Wycombe and then losing two other games but if we lose on Saturday then it’s out of our hands.”

Banbury have signed Chad Keegan for the remainder of the campaign and he goes straight into Saturday’s squad against his former club.