THAME’S First XI were comfortably beaten by 126 runs in their opening game of the season by newly promoted Burnham.
Thame won the toss and inserted Burnham who found things difficult early on but their batsmen were lucky with many shots going aerial but falling just short of fielders.
Good bowling spells from Lachlan (2-43) and Rooney (2-25) helped reduce Burnham to 80 for 4 at lunch.
But sensible batting from Khan (75) and Sarwar (69) in the middle overs helped steer Burnham to 216 for 9.
In the last ten over’s Burnham should have scored many more runs but the pitch was showing signs of variable bounce and began to turn sharply, which rang the warning bells for Thame.
The home side exploited this and straight away opened the bowling with off spinner Khan (4-42) who the Thame batsmen found very difficult to get away.
An opening spell of 4-24 by veteran seamer Fazal destroyed Thame’s top order and with a lot of overs to go the task of salvaging a draw was a distant hope.
Thame were eventually 90 all out off 34 overs to give a comprehensive victory to the home side.
Thame Seconds fared much better in their opening home game, beating Cropredy Seconds by 84 runs.
Good performances by George Patey (47 not out), Ian McStay (4 for 19) and Ed Goggs (3 for 28) were the highlights of a solid all round performance by the home side.
The Third XI, playing at under new captain Paddy Harris, secured a good win against Bicester & North Oxford.
Youngster Tom White took 3 for 28 to help reduce Bicester to 114 all out.
Useful knocks from Will Sutcliffe, Paddy Harris, Dan Patey and James Hawkes saw Thame home at 115 for 7.