Sabin makes winning start as Banbury book home tie

Tom Barlett' hit 42 runs for Banbury in Sunday's cup success
Tom Barlett' hit 42 runs for Banbury in Sunday's cup success

Banbury will entertain Kibworth in the next round of the ECB Royal London Cup after they swept Lutterworth aside in Sunday’s first round tie.

New captain Lloyd Sabin completed a half-century as Banbury romped to a massive 150-run success at White Post Road.

Sabin elected to bat but Banbury soon lost opener Hugo Darby with only one run on the board. Sabin came in to partner Craig Haupt but that partnership was soon ended with Banbury on 24-2.

Sabin 55 and Richard West 46 accelerated the score along to 124-3 before the Banbury skipper became the first of Michael Turns’ six dismissals. Tom Bartlett joined West at the crease and produced a quick-fire 42 runs off 41 balls as Banbury posted 233-8 off their 45 overs.

Turns captured an impressive 6-32 but that was to prove in vain as Lutterworth struggled with the bat.

In reply, Lutterworth made steady, if slow, progress before the wickets began to fall.

Opener Oliver Pickering hung around for a gritty 25 runs but no other batsman was able to back him up. Only David Tew 13 and George Terry 19 managed to make double figures as Ollie Wright, Brad Taylor and Luke Ryan got amongst the wickets.

The visitors were dismissed in the 26th over with Wright taking 3-22, Taylor picking up 2-21 and Ryan claiming 2-2.

This weekend, Banbury have a double-header, entertaining Oxford in Saturday’s pre-season friendly before travelling to Buckingham for Monday’s Home Counties Premier Cricket League Twenty20 Cup tie.

In the same competition, Great & Little Tew travel to division one champions High Wycombe.