White falls just short as Banbury bow out of cup

Joe White hit 99 runs for Banbury at Henley
Joe White hit 99 runs for Banbury at Henley

Banbury bowed out of the ECB National Club Championship on Sunday.

They lost by three wickets at Henley in Sunday’s tie despite a spirited effort.

Having elected to bat, Banbury captain Lloyd Sabin his side make a poor start with Tom Bartlett out for a duck. But Sabin and Joe White put on 151 runs for the second wicket with the Banbury skipper hitting 71 runs off 87 balls, which included six fours and two sixes.

Sabin was caught by Harry Jordan off Euan Brock while White fell agonisingly one run short of his maiden century for Banbury. The former Great & Little Tew opener hit 12 fours and a six off just 90 balls when he was caught by Tom Scriven off Jordan.

Big-hitting Shahid Yousaf hit an unbeaten 61 runs off 37 balls which included three boundaries and five sixes while George Tait added 15 runs as Banbury posted 266-4.

In reply, Henley got off to a flying start with openers Michael Roberts and Matt Rowe putting on 86 runs for the first wicket.

Rowe was caught by Graham Beer off David Eaton for 22 but Jack Davies joined Roberts in the middle and the pair proceeded to put on 58 runs for the second wicket. Roberts was finally caught by Bartlett off George Tait for 93 runs off 74 balls which included 15 boundaries and two sixes.

Henley continued to make steady progress as Banbury toiled without reward and the hosts found the required runs. Davies was caught by Yousaf off White for 34 runs off 35 balls while Scriven hit 65 runs as Henley got home in the final over