Banks hoping T20 will be catalyst

Sarisbury skipper Dave Banks
Sarisbury skipper Dave Banks
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David Banks believes Sarisbury’s storming start to the league’s T20 Cup can be the catalyst for an impressive opening to their division two campaign.

The skipper has seen his side’s first two league games fall victim to the rain.

But a fine 44-run success over Fair Oak in the 20-over cup competition last weekend has put them in confident mood ahead of the visit of Andover tomorrow.

Gosport Borough went down by just two runs against Hartley Wintney in a tight battle, while Portsmouth were well beaten by Hampshire Academy in their first-round clash. And the other first round matches, including Ventnor, Burridge and Hambledon, are finally due to take place on Sunday.

Sarisbury struck 154 for five before restricting Fair Oak to 110 for six.

And Banks reckons the competition represents a chance to hone skills that can be taken into league cricket.

He said: ‘It’s probably not ideal for your first competitive game of the season to be a t20 match – where you are expected to smash it out of the park from ball one.

‘Ricky Rawlins batted superbly to get 68 not out, though, and it gives us a bit of heart bearing in mind nobody had played any cricket whatsoever.

‘It would be good to have a run in the competition and we are looking to go as far as we can.

‘A final at the Ageas Bowl under lights is a big incentive.

‘I did that for Totton & Eling twice and then won the national competition in 2007.

‘We’ve got players who can win games but maybe not quite the depth.

‘It’s fantastic to play t20 cricket and a good move that the league has embraced it.

‘We had a good crowd down there, the players enjoy playing it and I think it’s a great competition.’

Banks will get another pointer on his team’s prospects as they host Andover tomorrow.

The north Hampshire visitors were relegated from the top flight last season and were defeated in their opening clash by Hook & Newnham Basics last weekend.

Banks said: ‘It would be nice to actually play a league game this weekend – we’re keen to get started.’

SARISBURY ATHLETIC: Archie Norris, Ricky Rawlins, Jack Lovett, Pete Hammond, David Banks, Matt Journeaux, James Ingram, Lewis Michard, Dan Goldstraw, Paul Friedrich, Phil Jewell