CRICKET: Sabin relishing fresh test

Lloyd Sabin

Lloyd Sabin

First published in Sport

BANBURY and Oxfordshire batsman Lloyd Sabin is looking forward to playing for Oxford MCC Universities this year.

The 18-year-old, who is studying for a sports coaching and management degree at Oxford Brookes, will be at the university for three years.

Sabin has risen through the Oxfordshire age-grade system, earning the accolade of the youngest player to turn out for the county’s Minor Counties Championship side.

Oxford MCCU start with a couple of friendlies this month, before playing a series of matches against major counties, two of which are first class.

Sabin said: “I’m really looking forward it, although I’ve got myself some hand-warmers for the early games just in case. “If selected for the first team, I’ll probably miss one one-day game for Oxfordshire, and some league games for Banbury.”

MCCU’s captain this year will be Charlie Morris, who impressed with the ball last season.

Head coach Graham Cha-rlesworth said: “Charlie is a promising, young seam bowler, which is demonstrated by Worcestershire picking him up on a summer con-tract.”

“He will definitely lead our young, talented squad from the front.”

MCCU HOME FIXTURES March 22 v Gloucestershire.

March 27 v Unicorns XI.

April 5-7 v Warwicks (first-class).

April 24-26 v Durham MCCU.

April 29 v Southampton Solent Univ.

May 1-3 v Worcestershire (first-class). May 17 v Devon (Twenty20).

May 20 MCCU South Group Twenty20 Tournament May 22-24 May v Surrey.

June 10-12 v Loughborough MCCU.

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