Weekly Roundup – Two Wins from Two for 2nd XI, 4s Get First Win 18/19May24

Week 2 of league action and the 1st XI took on Bicester & North Oxford at Church Meadow. After being asked to bat, Dinny Malan (68) and Alex Browne (54, including 5 sixes) powered Thame along. With important contributions from Captain Hassam Mushtaq (45*) and young Alex Tervet (39), Thame were happy posting 262-8 from the 50 overs. Opener Zian Stoop (126*) then proved immovable for the visitors. Jonathon Jelfs took 2-43 at the other end, but Bicester & North Oxford reached the target by 7 wickets.  Thame head to Stoke Green next, both looking for first league wins.

The 2s travelled to Bledlow Ridge, and after being asked to bat, again started well led by Justin Avery (46). After a middle order stutter, young Daniel Fuller (62) scored his first senior half-century to push Thame up to 214 all out. Pete Tervet (2-26) bowled well at the top, but with the game looking in the balance it was last week’s hero Ian McStay (4-31) who removed the set batter and put a dagger in the chase to end 27 runs short. Thame host fellow unbeaten side Waddesdon next.

Thame 3rd XI headed to local rivals Chinnor. Batting first, things went from bad to worse – after losing a wicket first ball, Thame were all out for 40 with Ben Taunton taking 8-11. Young Aaron Watson (10*) provided some resistance. Chinnor reached the target without loss. The 3s look to put this behind them at home to Haddenham next.

The 4th XI hosted Waddesdon 3 at Lord Williams’ School and opted to bowl. Debutant Sam Ward (4-22) starred and Shay Reading took 3-6 to have the visitors all out for just 51. Rob Kenny top scored with 16 as Thame reached the target to get their first win of the season by 6 wickets. The team head to unbeaten Oxenford 3 this weekend.

Thame Women took on Moreton in a double T20 at Church Meadow on Sunday. In the first game, Moreton’s strong openers took the score to 123 before Harshi Malan‘s late 2-13 and a brilliant deflected runout stemmed the flow to end on 143-3. The reply never got going with the top 4 all out cheaply – Leanne Harris stood firmer with 16*, as the chase ended 80 runs short. Moreton’s strong batting again performed in the 2nd game, posting 135-2. Megs Woodward (26) led from the front for Thame, but after her demise the middle order fell away to 64 runs short. The T20 double headers continue next week at home to Henley.

Daniel Fuller (62) scored his first senior half-century  in the 2nd XI victory over Bledlow Ridge


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