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.