Rain halts Thame’s victory charge

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Thame Town were in a strong position last Saturday when the rain came down at league leaders Horspath to foil their charge towards victory.

Having been struggling at 48-5 when put into bat, Thame recovered to 199 all out as good contributions from Honey Garg (55)and Macdonald (36) helped Town to a respectable target.

In response, after four overs Horspath were 12-2 and well behind on the Duckworth-Lewis rate, but the rain then prevented further play.

Thame entertain Cookham Dean at home at Church Meadow this coming Saturday.

The British weather caused more frustration for Thame IIs who dominated the first half of their home game against Abingdon Vale IIs.

Asked to bat on a slow track, Thame were faltering at 45-3 but then Guy Holmes (65no) and Ed Barnett (53no) came together in an excellent, unbroken partnership of 114, taking Thame up to 170-3 off 44 overs when rain ended the match for the day.

Town’s 2nd XI travel to Kingston Bagpuize on Saturday.

With no league game last Saturday, the IIIs entertained an XI from Oxford and Bletchington Nondescripts on Sunday and managed to beat the occasional shower.

Thame were put in and stuttered to 138 all out after only using 28 of their 35 overs. Tom Hook made 56 on debut, Sam Nicholls 29 and Jonathan Hook 24.

Salim took 4-31 off his seven overs, including a hat-trick.

In reply, Thame kept their bowling tight initially, with Robbie Jackson leading the way (7-2-9-1), supported by Justin Avery (two wickets) and Jonathan Hook (7-1-17-0).

However, once the OBNCC openers were dismissed, the club’s overseas player came in and hit a quickfire 54 to wrestle the advantage as they reached 142-5 after 30 overs.

Thame 3rd XI entertain Buckingham IVs on Saturday at Lord Bills Upper School ground.