Thame frustrated by Wolverton

Sam Lachlan
Sam Lachlan

Thame Town firsts had a frustrating day on Saturday against Wolverton at Church Meadow.

Winning the toss, Thame fielded first in the hope of capturing quick wickets, but after early success for Sam Lachlan, the Thame bowlers were not able to remove a succession of Wolverton batsmen who hit out and frustrated the home side.

The visitors eventually made 307-7 at the end of their 53 overs, with Lachlan taking 2-43 and Mushtaq 2-57.

Thame were confident of chasing down the target, and Mike Higgs started the innings positively, but the other top-order batsmen failed, and it was left to Will Sutcliffe to accelerate in the middle overs.

Thame finished their innings on 187-7, with Higgs scoring 45, Sutcliffe 68 and Sam Lachlan 25 not out.

A disappointing draw saw the team slip one place in the table to fourth in Cherwell League Division One.

However, the firsts did get back to winning ways on Tuesday when they travelled to Abingdon Vale in the Wilf Bennett 20/20 Cup.

Thame batted first and made 138 for seven in their 20 overs, with James Crichton hitting 70.

Abingdon tried to keep up with the run rate, but lost wickets at regular intervals to tight bowling from Thame.

Alistair Thomas took 3-14, James Crichton 2-20 and George Patey 1-14. Abingdon finally finished on 129-7.

In the league, the seconds had a winning draw away at Didcot, as did the thirds in a high scoring game at Great Tew.