IT is a good job new nets are being installed at Thame Town as on Saturday’s display their batters need some added practice to get back up to their usual standard.
The nets were being installed at the same time that Thame fell to a defeat against Slough, in a match that really should have ended as a draw.
Good initial bowling from Sam Lachlan and Will Rooney restricted the Slough batsmen, leaving the visitors on 78 for 5 at one stage.
However a stand of 99 between experienced captain Bobby Sher and overseas all-rounder Hussein allowed Slough to reach 217 before Higgs and Bhatti wrapped up the innings.
Thame started their innings tentatively and lost wickets at regular intervals.
When captain Lachlan was run out going for a sharp single, and Thame’s experienced Parmar was bowled, all hope of reaching the Slough total was lost and it was left to Jaydeep Bhatti to see the innings to safety.
Sher had other ideas however and three wickets for no runs allowed the visitors to win the game in the penultimate over by a margin of 105 runs, with Bhatti stranded on 27 not out.
Cublington vs Thame Town II
THAME’S second team suffered the same fate as the firsts as they lost to Cublington by four wickets.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first but had their opener Beard caught before a single run was on the scorecard.
Patey then fell to a sharp catch by the Cubs wicket keeper, leaving Thame on 32-2.
Sellwood was then stumped for 20 and more wickets fell leaving Thame on 77 for 6.
Captain McStay steadied the rot with some sensible batting, although there were two run outs in the latter stages of the innings.
His 27 gave Thame a respectable 139 all out but it proved not to be enough.
Thame began bowling well and got Ben Sim out in the first over but Michael Westland and Adam Goldberg were in good form for the Cubs moving them to 90 in just the 15th over.
At this point defeat looked the inevitable result, but Thame did their best to form a fight back as they took three wickets in close succession.
In stepped Hayden Sayers for the Cubs and his 27 not out led them victory.