3rd XI get winning draw in a very wet and muddy clash
With the 1st XI and 2nd XI matches called off without a ball being bowled, Thame 3rd XI rocked up to Banbury to face Cropredy, hopeful of at least a shortened game and therefore the chance to get more points on the board than the 6 that would be given for an abandonment. It didn’t look good when it was hailing down onto an uncovered green pitch, but an immediate tea and deduction of overs meant a 40 over match was possible. Thame lost the toss and were put in to bat. In a difficult innings where the ball just wouldn’t roll to the boundary, Thame stuttered to 109 for 9 off of 40 overs, thanks mostly to Ian Chappell’s (pictured right) patient 41. Liam Earwicker (16) was the only other batsmen to make double figures.
The pitch had now deteriorated further, and Thame looked to take advantage and set about trying to defend the low total with Nick Fuller and Will Bruce-Morgan picking up 1 wicket each in their opening spells. The captain, Vimal Desai, again starred with the ball taking 3-20, but Cropredy never seemed intent on getting the total. Scott Chappell and a Luke McStay run out gave Thame more bonus points but the home side knuckled down well for a share of the points, ending on 83-7. Thame took 13 points from the game.
Man of the match was Ian Chappell for his batting performance.