Ryan steps aside for Sabin to take over

Luke Ryan  is stepping down as Banbury captain
Luke Ryan is stepping down as Banbury captain

Luke Ryan is standing down as captain at Banbury Cricket Club with vice-captain Lloyd Sabin taking over.

Ryan guided Banbury to the runners-up spot in this year’s Home Counties Premier League but says the responsibility of captaining both Banbury and Oxfordshire has become too much.

He said: “It needs someone else to take the club on again, it’s not just about the first XI at Banbury, you have to consider all the teams at the club. I just don’t have the time to be Oxfordshire captain and Banbury captain.

“I counted up that I played cricket on 54 days this year, my full-time job is in cricket so it was just becoming too much.”

Sabin is away for the winter playing cricket in New Zealand but Ryan has no doubts he is up to the job.

He added: “Lloyd was a great vice-captain this year and I’m sure he will do a great job as captain next time.

“Although he is only 21 he’s been around for a long time, having come into senior cricket at 14 or 15. He’s a very experienced player in Minor Counties and the Home Counties Premier League.”

Full story in this week’s Banbury Guardian.