LORD Williams’s School’s showed why it has a reputation for producing quality cricketers on Saturday as eight former or current pupils took the field in Thame Town’s match with Horspath.
Thame fielded four pupils in Sam Lachlan, Mike Higgs, Ed Barnett and Will Rooney, with two more as reserves.
Horspath also fielded four in Robbie and Will Eason, Adam Krol and Andy Wynd, the last two ex-Thame players.
Like the Lord Williams’s player count, the match finished level.
Horspath batted first, and made a good solid start before Jaydeep Bhatti started to get on top for Thame.
The home side’s total of 212-9 was probably 40 short on the small Horspath pitch. Bhatti ended up with 6 for 84.
Thame struggled early on with the bat as a good opening spell from Will Eason reduced the visitors to 42-4.
When Beardall and Parmar were also out just before tea on the same score, Thame were in serious trouble and the balance had switched massively in Horspath’s favour.
Barnett and Lachlan then formed an unbeaten partnership of 114 with some aggressive hitting and sound defence.
Barnett hit 12 boundaries in his 69 and Lachlan finishing on 42. Thame had reached 173-7 at the close.
Thame Seconds vs
Thame’s second team were well beaten by league leaders Horspath Seconds at Church Meadow.
Only Alaistair Thomas made runs for Thame, continuing his good form with 72 in Thame’s 164.
Horspath reached their target with the loss of 3 wickets, with Todd scoring 74 not out and Jones 33.
Thame Thirds vs Challow
The Thirds had an easy win against Challow, who had no answer to the pace bowling of James Hawkes.
Stuart Sutcliffe scored 77 in Thame’s 180, but when Challow batted they were all out for 66 with Hawkes claiming 6-12.