CRICKET: Banbury capitulate in Twenty20 final

Banbury’s Liam Manley is almost caught by Henley’s Ewan Brock

Banbury’s Liam Manley is almost caught by Henley’s Ewan Brock

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Banbury's hopes of repeating last year’s run to the ECB National Club Twenty20 finals day were shattered with a 16-run defeat by Henley in the Home Counties final at Oxford CC yesterday.

Having earlier been handed a walkover in the semi-final by High Wycombe, who couldn’t raise a side, Banbury looked on course for victory after bowling Henley out for 104.

Liam Manley knocked over the top four batsmen to finish with 4-24, while Tahir Afridi made a crucial 33.

Openers Lloyd Sabin and Nathan Hawkes then put on 35 for the first Banbury wicket.

But Sabin was caught at mid-wicket and Hawkes holed out at long on as Banbury collapsed in spectacular fashion to 88 all out.

Gurveer Singh starred for Henley – who had earlier beaten Slough in a high-scoring semi-final – with 2-5 off four overs.

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