Rain hits the cricket schedule

Action from Dinton's second side
Action from Dinton's second side
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THE weather played havoc with cricket fixtures across the area at the weekend, with both the Dinton first and Thame Town first teams having their matches called off.

Thame didn’t even hit a ball in anger as their match with Harefield was called off before it began.

Dinton managed to play a few overs away to Horspath before a sudden downpour put pay to the match.

The visitors struggled in the few overs that were played as Horspath notched up a score of 180 before the rain hit.

Dinton’s Nheem Amin took the wicket of Matt O’Connor for 21 before Perveiz Aziz bowled Ned Murray for LBW.

James Phillips (68no) and Robbie Easton (18no) got Horspath back on track as they finished strongly.

Dinton seconds had a similar fate as they managed to get their match under way before heavy rain led to it being abandoned with Cropredy on 87-2.

There was still enough time for one Cropredy’s batsman to experience an eyewatering moment, inset, as he was caught in an unfortunate place by the Dinton bowler.

Thame second’s did manage to complete their match and recorded a good victory against Banbury third’s.

Excellent bowling performances from Ian Mcstay (3-19) and Alastair Thomas (5-32) reduced Banbury to 108 all out.

In reply the Thame batsmen mastered the conditions and good knocks from Thomas and Richard Carr (46) saw the home side reach their target for the loss of five wickets.

The Thirds then continued their good form at home with a 102-run win against Didcot fourths.

Batting first in-between the heavy showers, Thame managed to put on 235 for 4, thanks to a maiden club century from Guy Holmes (106 not out), 46 from Stuart Sutcliffe, and 40 not out from James Hawkes.

When Didcot batted, Larry Jayasakara took 2-10 but the star of the bowling was youngster Daniel Patey who managed big turn with his leg-spin despite the conditions, and ended up with figures of 7-69.