Sabin salutes players after leaders come through tough test

Banbury's Karl Penhale takes evasive action as  Lloyd Sabin fields against Tring Park at White Post Road
Banbury's Karl Penhale takes evasive action as Lloyd Sabin fields against Tring Park at White Post Road

Captain Lloyd Sabin says the difference between this season and last year is that Banbury are winning games from difficult positions.

The leaders made it five wins on the spin as they beat Tring Park by three wickets in Saturday’s Home Counties Premier Cricket League fixture.

We’re winning games from difficult positions and that’s proving to be the difference

Captain Lloyd Sabin

But victory only came off the last ball of the innings in Saturday’s division one thriller at White Post Road where Kurtis Patterson completed a century.

Banbury needed 11 runs off the final over which was reduced to five after the visitors were penalised for a slow overs rate, leaving Karl Penhale and Charlie Hill to find the winning runs off the last ball.

Sabin said: “I think we would have struggled to chase that target last year but this time we are coming through the difficult periods in games.

“We’re winning games from difficult positions, which is proving to be the difference, and that’s very satisfying.

“Losing Luke Ryan in the warm-up was a big blow and Tring looked set for 300-plus at one stage so we did well to pull it back to 261.

“Tring have got a good bowling attack and we didn’t make the best of starts in reply but Kurtis Patterson produced another superb innings for us. Obviously, having the target reduced to five runs in the final over helped us but it was still a great run chase.”