Joy of six for Bhatti as bowler destroys rivals

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JAYDEEP Bhatti continued his fine form with the ball as he claimed six wickets to help Thame get the better of Gerrards Cross.

It follows on from his seven wicket haul last week against Aston Rowant and coincides with his side’s return to form.

Cross battered first but a strong bowling display limited them to 90 for 3 at lunch.

Thame bowlers then took over the match as they got Cross out for 154.

Bhatti finished with 6-56, Mike Higgs took 2-23 and Sam Lachlan got 2-32.

Thame openers Mike Higgs and James Neilson started brightly, but when the dangerous Muchall began to cause problems and the wickets started to fall.

Only Neilson and Pratik Patel were playing with any confidence. Neilson was out for 40 but as the target approached good hitting from Patel and Ed Barnett eased the pressure and Thame passed the Gerrards Cross score with four wickets in hand. Patel finished 49 no and Barnett 19 no.

Thame Seconds couldn’t match the first team after suffering on a fast wicket at Challow. A score of 221-8 turned out to be insufficient for the very fast ground, despite 50 from Matt Higgs, 32 from Richard Carr and 31 from Ed Goggs. Challow passed their target for the loss of only two wickets, with Hill and Penrose each scoring 90.

The Third XI played a top-of-the-table game against Great and Little Tew which ended in a bizarre finish.

Tew started their innings at a breakneck speed but the Thame bowlers pegged them back and they were all out for 162 with John Phippen taking 3 for 30.

When Thame batted Sam Alexander and James Hawkes both scored 50’s but Alexander’s dismissal when the scores were equal led to an amazing collapse.

The next three wickets fell without Thame being able to score the one run needed for victory.