Banbury wicketkeeper-batsman Shazad Rana has spoken with Sports Shots as Henley visit White Post Road, with both teams joint top of the Home Counties Premier League, division 1.
Rana has performed with aplomb to help Banbury record wins in both of their opening two games this campaign.
He was prominent in Banbury’s opening day win over High Wycombe as he showed excellent resistance with his side on the back foot as he entered the field at 45 for 6. A dogged innings thwarted the visitors as his 98-ball knock saw him finish unbeaten on 37, the top scorer, as he helped his side post 134. Subsequently, his side took maximum points.
Last weekend, Rana steered his side through to a five-wicket win at Horspath. Another undefeated score of 34 has seen Rana’s early season form noted around the circuit.
Looking back to matchday two, Rana told Sports Shots.
We played pretty well but still felt there were areas we could definitely improve on in all departments. We probably let them get 20 or 30 too many but thankfully we were able to chase it down.
With two wins from two games, Rana is happy where Banbury are at presently.
Spirit in the camp is good. We have good mix of young and experienced players as well as people from all different backgrounds which is great as we all get along and this helps in both the high and low moments as a team.
This Saturday their visitors are the current division 1 champions, having won back-to-back titles. They are, without doubt, the benchmark club at the moment.
They (Henley) are a fantastic team that have match winners all the way through their line-up. Their team is full of minor county players and it’s always a huge challenge playing them, but this is what you play for, to test yourself against the best and I honestly believe that if we perform to the best of our ability then we can push them all the way. We are more than capable of beating any team on our day as we showed against High Wycombe, who along with Henley have the best team on paper, in the first game.
There is no pressure on us this week and this game will give us a great understanding of where we are as a team moving forwards.