Mixed fortunes for Thame teams as firsts are well beaten

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Thame Town 1st XI struggled at Amersham as they fell to a seven-wicket defeat in HCPL Division Two last Saturday.

Put in on another damp wicket, Thame struggled and lost early wickets, but recovered to 55-3 at lunch.

However, a flurry of wickets after the break left Thame in trouble and sliding to a total of 102 all out.

In reply, a couple of early chances went down and that gave Amersham the confidence to ease past the total with just three wickets down.

Thame play host to Datchet this Saturday.

Thame IIs entertained Banbury IVs on Saturday knowing they must win to keep themselves at the top of Cherwell League Division Five.

After the monsoon rains of Wednesday, the ground was wet but captain Chris Jeffcock won the toss and chose to bowl first.

Thame’s bowlers proceeded to squeeze the visiting batsmen on the wet track, with Ian McStay (12-4-20-2) and Jeffcock (13-3-19-3) applying the early pressure and runs coming painfully slowly.

Ali Thomas (8-1-12-3) and George Patey (3.4-0-9-2) applied the finishing touches, with Banbury all out for 99 off 46.4 overs.

After tea, Thame were in a hurry to win the game as Richard Carr (54 not out) and Andy Jinman (26) put on 60 for the first wicket, with the game won inside 16 overs.

Thame IIs travel to fifth-placed Horspath 3rds on Saturday.

The club’s third team lost for the first time this season when going down away to Twyford IIIs.

Losing the toss, Thame batted first and were under pressure with the ball swinging around, being reduced quickly to 9-3.

Only James McStay (30), Luke McStay (24no) and Joe Phippen (22) provided any resistance as Thame hauled themselves from 35-5 up to a defendable 130-9.

Needing quick wickets, Will Bruce-Morgan removed an opener early on, but several Twyford batsmen put up stiff resistance.

Vim Desai picked up five wickets to give Thame a chance and John Phippen (2-30) and James McStay (1-10) put them in sight of victory, but despite only needing one last wicket and Twyford still needing 25 runs, it was the home side that prevailed in a tense ending.

Meanwhile, great news for all female cricketers and fitness enthusiasts, as Crick-Fit started up again this week at Thame’s ground at Church Meadow on Wednesday (6.30 to 7.30).

All women and girls are welcome to come along every Wednesday – just turn up on the night or contact Sheena Beard on 01844-213695 orsheenabeard@btinternet.com.