Thame’s Great Escape as they beat the drop with a nail-biting three-wicket victory over Horspath in dramatic final day

Thame Cricket Club head coach Manoj Parmar.
Thame Cricket Club head coach Manoj Parmar.

THAME Town beat the drop with a nail-biting three-wicket victory over Horspath in a dramatic final day last weekend.

It was a joyful end to a tough season for Thame after they had plummeted into the bottom two a week earlier, placing their nine-year stay in the league in jeopardy.

Much of the praise went to club coach Manoj Parmar who’s unbeaten 58 – including four sixes and two fours – steered his side to victory at 206-7 with five balls to spare. The last-ditch win condemned their Oxfordshire rivals to relegation.

Horspath batted first and managed 202 for six mostly due to Jimmy Phillips’ classy 104 not out. Left-arm spinner Jaydeep Bhatti took three for 80.

Thame were in some trouble at 78for four but Bhatti (49) shared a stand of 87 with Parmar to get them back on track.

Parmar had a let-off when he was dropped by Mohson Rana in the deep in the closing overs but fittingly skipper Lachlan hit the winning boundary to spark the celebrations.