Winning draw after dramatic clash

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In an exciting Home Counties Division 2 match away at Reading, Thame Town ended up with a winning draw.

The game see-sawed several times before the Thame bowlers gained the upper hand and the home side were forced to hold out with two wickets left.

Thame’s batting was the reverse of last week.

Electing to bat first, Thame’s top order were soon in trouble, slumping to 10-3 and then 40-4.

However the middle order batsmen, who had failed to capitalise on a good start the week before, steadied the ship and got the visitors right back into the game.

Captain Sam Lachlan (59) and Manoj Parma (45) steadied the ship with a stand of 100, and this was followed by an explosive innings from Ed Barnett (41 not out) that saw Thame reach a final total 209-7.

In reply the Thame bowlers got straight on top, reducing Reading to 52-4.

Then a hard-hitting knock from Singh (63) was supported by Barr (72) and saw Reading stay in the game and at some points take control.

However good spells from Rooney, Beard and Bhatti helped Thame grab back the initiative as Reading closed shop in the last few overs and ended on 200-8.