Bitter rivals cancel each other out to settle for draw

Dinton in action
Dinton in action

BITTER rivals Thame and Dinton played out a draw on Saturday as the sides cancelled each other out.

Thame put Dinton into bat and the decision seemed to pay off as wickets began to fall early on.

Sam Lachlan took four wickets to help reduce Dinton to 45-5.

But the away side fought back through Ashley Smith, who hit a magnificent 107 not out to guide Dinton to a total of 187-9.

Thame’s initial reply faltered, but their middle-order batsmen compiled the runs slowly with good contributions from Manoj Parmar (26) and Pratik Patel (33).

Eventually they decided safety was the best policy and batted on for the draw, ending up with 127 for 7 off 53 overs.

Thame Town 130-9 Oxford 187

Thame Town were well beaten by visitors Oxford in their second Home Counties 20Twenty tie.

Hoping to reach the semi-finals, but missing several first team players, the home side were not able to contain the Oxford batsmen. Ferraby (65 not out), Crosby (63) and Laudat (43 not out) made sure that Oxford posted a challenging 187 in their 20 overs.

Only captain Mike Higgs (1-16) exploited what was a good spinners’ wicket.

Oxford also missed their first choice bowling attack, but coped better with the conditions, allowing just Michael Beard of the Thame batsmen to score with any freedom.

When he was out in the 19th over for 43 the game was already lost and the home side finished on 130 for 9.

Thame Seconds vs Banbury

The Seconds travelled to Banbury Twenty and secured a good win. Alistair Thomas was the star performer again, scoring 72 not out and taking 5 -30. George Patey also took 3-39.

The Thirds remain unbeaten after getting the better of a draw with Long Marston Thirds.

Tom White top scored for Thame with 82.