Thame make a promising start in league return

Cricket action
Cricket action

Thame’s first game back in the Cherwell league for 11 years was a tricky tie at runaway favourites Horspath.

Their opponents are runaway favourites to win the division and despite difficult weather conditions Thame impressed when batting first.

Openers Deon Laubscher and Dan Patey made a solid start, and 15 year-old Patey did not look phased making his first team debut.

The visitors progressed to 74 for 5. But after Laubscher was questionably given out when caught behind Thame began to lose a couple of quick wickets in the middle.

Alistair Thomas and Chris Jeffcock managed to steady the ship and Thame progressed to 166 all out in the last of their overs.

The weather started to take its toll and Horspath began to hit out to try and overhaul the score as quickly as possible.

There was no beating the rain though and the match was abandoned with the home side on a comfortable 91 for 2.

The match was played in a good spirit and Thame can be encouraged with the performance of their rebuilt side.

Thame Seconds also had their game abandoned against Kimble Firsts at Church Meadow.

Ollie Holden scored 43 and Guy Holmes was 54 not out when the game was called off, with Bradley Rose hitting 91 earlier in the Kimble innings.

Thame Thirds suffered the worst of the weather in losing to Banbury, and only Sam Dadson with 30 managed to get going. Thame lost by 7 wickets.