Sabin sees champions make their challenge

Banbury captain Lloyd Sabin will be keeping a close watch on the forecast after seeing his side knocked off top spot.

Friday, 1st July 2016, 6:39 am
Banbury captain Lloyd Sabin is hoping to get a game on at White Post Road

High Wycombe are the new leaders of the Home Counties Premier Cricket League after they took advantage of Banbury’s second abandoned game in successive weeks.

The reigning champions are one point clear after their draw at Henley but Banbury had a wasted trip to Reading where only a few overs were possible before the rain came.

Sabin said: “We could have done with completing the game at Reading, we really needed a win there.

“It’s frustrating and the same thing happened to us last year when our game with Oxford was abandoned. We would have expected to have beaten Reading.”

And two weekends of inactivity means Kurtis Patterson has less chance of making a full contribution before he heads back to Australia next month.

Looking ahead to Saturday’s game with Slough at White Post Road, Sabin said:

“Slough are a very good side and I’m surprised to see them near the bottom. Slough can turn up and get a big score or, if we can get some early wickets, they can go the other way.

“It’s not a ‘must-win’ game for us but we could do with a victory after the previous two weekends.”

Luke Ryan and Richard West are unavailable so Ashley Blanchard comes in.

Sabin added: “We’ve got a small squad but it has been a settled one except for a few injuries we’ve picked up.

“That’s been the case in the top two teams and I’ve been a bit disappointed with the unavailability of players in the lower teams at the club.”