Favours were irrelevant as Town’s 10-year stay in the Home Counties comes to an end against Aston Rowant

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Thame Firsts had to beat local rivals Aston Rowanr and hope that Shipton and Farnham did not win their games, to have any hope of avoiding going down to the Cherwell League after 10 years in the Home Counties Division Two West.

As it happened, both Shipton and Farnham won their games, but Thame were well beaten by Aston Rowant as their batsmen had no answer to Wesley Morrick’s bowling and were all out for a disappointing 93.

The South African overseas player took 7 for 44 off 18 overs, as only Pratik Patel (24), Mike Higgs (16), Sam Lachlan (15) and Will Rooney (12 n.o.) got into double figures.

When Rowant batted, Morgan (30 n.o.) and Ferraby (26 n.o.) saw them home for the loss of one wicket.

The Seconds finished their season in mid-table but lost their last home game to Didcot.

Even a helicopter landing on Church Meadow could not bring a victory, as only Alistair Thomas (60) managed a score to get the home side to 144. Didcot won by seven wickets.

Meanwhile, the Thirds won comfortably at Abingdon Vale, and finished third in Division 9. Smith scored 101 and Payne 30 in Thame’s 220, as Abingdon were dismissed for 132.

The Caribbean Cricket Carnival on Sunday at Church Meadow was a great success and well attended by Club members and Thame residents.

The final Twenty20 game ended in a draw between the Red Bull XI and Thame Nondies as they hit 97 runs apiece.