THAME Town put on their best display of the season as they comprehensively beat Aston Rowant on Saturday.
Their openers James Neilsen and Mike Higgs went about their task with good application, and navigated Rowant’s star bowler Wes Morrick’s opening spell by scoring 75 for the first wicket.
Higgs scored 53 and Neilsen 25. Then a flurry of wickets reduced Thame to 110-5 just after lunch. But a superb knock by Pratik Patel (79) who was supported by Manoj Parmar (26) rebuilt the innings.
Useful contributions followed from Seetal Patel and Harry Desai to help Thame get a well above average 246 all out in the 60th over.
In reply, Rowant never got going as a good opening spell from Thame skipper Sam Lachlan and Jaydeep Bhatti reduced the home side to 25-4.
Despite knocks of 42 from Cooke and 39 from Morrick, Thame dismissed Rowant for 159. Bhatti was the star, ending with 7-54 to his name as Thame enjoyed their first victory of the season.
Thame Seconds vs Brackley
THAME Seconds were well on top in their home game against Brackley, but were not quite able to close with a victory.
Star player was Alastair Thomas who hit 63 in Thame’s 188, and then took 5 for 44 to reduce Brackley to 149 for 9.
Shipton vs Thame Thirds
THE Thirds remain unbeaten after a pulsating game at League leaders Shipton.
The home side put on 235, but Thame always kept up with the run rate and sound batting by Jay Alexander (55) and Tom White (33) built a solid platform to work from.
As the 200 mark was reached it was left to 13-year-old Dan Patey and 16-year-old James Hawkes to take the visitors to the target.
Patey scored 34 and Hawkes hit 60 not out off 38 balls, including two towering sixes to win the match.