Banbury skipper keeping grounded after top start

Stewart Laudat returns for Oxford after an ankle injury

Stewart Laudat returns for Oxford after an ankle injury

First published in Sport Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter specialising in Rugby, Cricket and Athletics. Call me on 01865 425456

Banbury captain Jimmy Phillips is not getting carried away with their start to the Division 1 season.

Phillips’s side, who visit Tring Park tomorrow, have won their first two matches to lead the table by 14 points.

But he stressed: “There is a long way to go and we had the advantage of playing in that first week.

“We are not getting carried away, but we are really happy with how things have gone.

“It’s good to be top and to have beaten Henley, who we expected to be challenging for the title.

“We know we are in good shape, but if we are still top in four, five or six games’ time, we can be a bit more excited.”

Last week’s century-maker Nathan Hawkes (wedding) is away, so Justin Lambden comes in.

Experienced batsman Stewart Laudat returns from an ankle injury for Oxford’s trip to High Wycombe.

He replaces Vishane Perera as Ian Crosby’s side look to build on their victory over Tring Park.

“Stewart was nearly fit last week, but wanted to give it another week to be sure,” said Crosby.

“I am quite happy with how the team is shaping up.”

Miles Hammond makes his seasonal debut for Aston Rowant when they visit Harefield.

The 18-year-old Gloucestershire off-spinner is one of three changes, withOxfordshire opener Damian Shirazi now available and left-arm seamer Leo Bethell, signed from Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts, making his Home Counties debut.

They come in for Ricky Hopwood, Gordon Harris, who drops down to the seconds, and Linsey Smith, who has a training weekend with the England junior women.

Great & Little Tew will be wary of a Falkland backlash when they host the Berkshire club in Division 2 West.

Falkland were skittled for just 68 in last week’s defeat at Horspath, but Tew captain Andy Harris is not reading too much into that.

“They have some very good players in their side that we cannot afford to take lightly,” he said.

“We are expecting a tough test.”

Wicket-keeper Ashley Hubbert returns in place of Robbie Catling, taking over the gloves from Harry Smith, who took three catches and a stumping in their victory over Shipton-under-Wychwood.

Horspath also have a wicket-keeping change, with regular gloveman Andy Wynd away at a wedding.

Shahbaz Ali, who missed the Falkland win for a wedding, returns, while Robbie Eason takes over behind the stumps.

“Robbie has done it in a couple of pre-season games and done well,” said his brother, captain Will Eason.

“We have got no issues about him keeping.”

Shipton-under-Wychwood visit Reading.

TOMORROW'S TEAMS

Aston Rowant (v Harefield, away): Morrick (capt), Watling, Ferraby, Morgan, J Smith, Cook, Shirazi, Penhale, Muttitt, Bethell, Hammond.
Oxford (v High Wycombe, away): Clough, Laudat, Vainker, Perkin, Davies, Crosby (capt), Mendis, Hole, Beer, Sutherland, I Evans.
Banbury (v Tring Park, away): L Sabin, Harris, Haupt, Lambden, West, Cater, Bartlett, Manley, Blanchard, Ryan, J Phillips (capt).
Great & Little Tew (v Falkland, home): White, Jor Garrett, Smith, Slatter, Brock, Hubbert, Woods, Clark, Shurmer, Harris (capt), Bryan.
Horspath (v Cove, home): R Eason, Cutter, Phillips, Conradie, Mohammed, Foster, Ali, W Eason, Skelton, Krol, Belcher.

 

Latest Sport news

Whing and Clarke make Oxford United returns

Oxford Mail: Andy Whing is hoping to be back in training by early March

2:43pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

ANDY Whing and Ryan Clarke played their first games of the season as Oxford United's development side came from behind to win 2-1 against Southend United.

Oxford United duo return to action today

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

OXFORD United will get a double fitness boost today as Ryan Clarke and Andy Whing make their re-turn to playing after surgery this summer.

Oxford United Women bounce back to climb off the bottom

Oxford Mail:

8:20am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

OXFORD United came from behind to secure a 2-2 draw at home to Durham, extending their unbeaten run to three games in the process, writes MATTHEW BRUCE.

GOLF: Boyd makes cut as Frilford host European Tour qualifying

Oxford Mail: Adam Wootton finished sixth

8:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

BANBURY-born Gary Boyd was among 28 players to get one step closer to a European Tour card as Frilford Heath staged a first qualifying stage.

RUGBY UNION: Harries is the hero in Welsh win

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

AVIVA A LEAGUE

MOTORSPORT: Albert bags first podium spot

Oxford Mail: Jordan Albert

8:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

JORDAN Albert spoke of his delight after the British teenager secured his maiden BRDC Formula 4 Championship podium with a superb display at Donington Park.

RUGBY UNION: Perry's try treble helps Hawks soar to top spot

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

NATIONAL 2 SOUTH

RUGBY UNION: Quins in routine victory

Oxford Mail: Seisoni Tupou scored two tries for Oxford Harlequins against Reading

8:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

NATIONAL 3 SOUTH WEST

RUGBY UNION: Burke bags a double as Witney honour Richens

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

SOUTH WEST 1 EAST

HOCKEY: Hawks soar to success as Court bags brace

Oxford Mail: hockey - field

7:40am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

EMILY Court scored twice as Oxford Hawks Ladies claimed their first victory in the Investec Conference West.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree