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Sher says Slough left it too late to go in for the kill against Banbury

BOBBY Sher says Slough’s failure to take early wickets in Banbury’s innings left them unable to go in for the kill on Saturday.

Slough held the upper hand throughout this Home Counties Division 1 clash after registering 223-7 from their 64 overs with opener Fahim Qureshi (pictured above) top scoring for the visitors with 80.

A wicket that had been dampened by heavy rains during the week played into the hands of the bowlers in the early stages but improved as the match wore on, according to Sher, but having got the hosts seven wickets down for 189 runs, Slough simply ran out of overs.

“It was a tough wicket to bat on,” said Sher. “Runs were difficult to come by. It was one of those wickets where if you chase the ball and go for runs you’re going to get out, but if you play defensively it’s difficult for people to get you out.

“Fahim (Qureshi) and our overseas player Zohaib (Ahmed, who scored 50) did very well and gave us a decent score to defend.”

Ikhlaq Nawaz proved the best of Slough’s bowlers, stifling Banbury’s response with 2-47 from his 18.4 overs to come in for praise from Sher.

“The wicket did get a little bit easier but I thought that our bowlers did a very good job. Ikhlaq was outstanding again but everyone bowled well and chipped in with wickets.

“Credit to them, they batted well and when Nabil Shah got their captain (Lloyd Sabin 67) out with a run-out we had the momentum. It gave us a chance to press forward for the win but we just didn’t get enough wickets early enough to go in for the kill. We didn’t have enough overs left to play with, it was just a little too late to be honest.”

Sher had hoped his side would built on their seven-wicket success over Tring Park last week but he’s content with their performances this season and hopeful of improving on their seventh- placed league position as the campaign goes on.

They host second-placed Horspath tomorrow (Saturday).

“We’ve been playing good cricket as a unit. Guys are scoring good runs and we’re expecting others to get good runs for us as well,” said Sher. “Horspath are near the top with Henley having come into the league just this season but you can’t be there after six games without performing well.

“It will be a tough challenge but it’s one we’re looking forward to.”

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