Banbury in great escape

Banbury, bottom before the final day started, leapt to safety with a convincing seven-wicket victory over Falkland.

Spinner Luke Ryan was the hero with a stunning spell of 8-42 – the club’s best ever figures in the league – to see off depleted Falkand in double quick time.

The game finished in mid-afternoon, but Banbury faced an anxious three-hour wait before learning that they were safe from the drop.

Putting Falkland in to bat, Banbury took time before securing the breakthrough.

But once Ryan came on, it all changed.

The 18-year-old Oxfordshire left-arm took wickets at regular intervals as the batsman struggled against his turn and bounce.

There was litte resistance, as Ryan, supported by a wicketless Jimmny Phillips at the other end, bowled out the visitors for 126 in the 27th over.

Banbury wasted little time in knocking off the runs, with Richard Kaufman striking an unbeaten 62 as they passed the target in just the 24th over.

So a day that started with the prospect of two Oxfordshire sides going down, ended with them both achieving great escapes.

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