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

Dream bet on my old clubs failed to deliver

Oxford Mail:

4:00pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

MICHAEL DUBERRY COLUMN

WATCH: London Welsh v Gloucester rugby highlights

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Here are the official Aviva Premiership highlights from London Welsh v Gloucester at the Kassam Stadium. Welsh went down 46-10, despite trailing just 15-10 on the hour mark.

CRICKET: Paceman Brooks still harbours England ambition

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Wednesday 1st October 2014

JACK Brooks says he still dreams of an England cap after being drafted back into the Lions set-up.

RUGBY: Dark Blues make it three out of three

Oxford Mail: rugby generic

8:20am Wednesday 1st October 2014

OXFORD University made it three wins from three this season with a 38-0 victory over Henley Hawks last night.

RACING: Trouble has Case eyeing more glory on big stage

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Success on the big stage has whet Ben Case’s appetite for more high-profile triumphs this season.

FOOTBALL: Fairview hit back to draw

Oxford Mail: football generic

8:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Struggling Wheatley Youth and Fairview each picked up their first point of the season as they played out a 2-2 draw in the Oxford City FA.

FOOTBALL: Riverside duo see red after trading blows

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Riverside finished with nine men after two players were sent off for fighting among themselves during their 2-2 draw at Freeland in the Oxfordshire Senior League Premier Division.

SCHOOLS' FOOTBALL: Spruyt sets Vale up for high five

Oxford Mail: football generic

8:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Vale of White Horse opened their ESFA Under 15 PlayStation Inter Association Trophy campaign with a 5-1 win over Cannock & District in the first round.

RACING: Candy signs off Master for season

Oxford Mail: Music Master (second right) beats Red Rocker (left) to take the Alex Scott Maiden Stakes

8:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Music Master, Wantage trainer Henry Candy’s star sprinter, misses the Qatar Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp on Sunday and will not run again this season.

FOOTBALL: Banbury move off bottom after bizarre dismissal

Oxford Mail: football generic

7:30am Wednesday 1st October 2014

BANBURY United moved off the bottom of the Premier Division table with an impressive 2-0 victory over Cambridge City last night.

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