1st XI suffer defeat to Amersham
Thame 1st XI struggled at Amersham as they fell to a 7-wicket defeat on Saturday. Put in on another damp wicket, Thame struggled as they lost early wickets, but recovered to 55 for 3 at lunch. However, a flurry of wickets after lunch left Thame in trouble as they were all out 102. Matt MacDonald (pictured right) top scored with 42.
In reply, a couple of early chances went down and that gave Amersham the confidence to ease past the total with just 3 wickets down. Thame play host to Datchet on Saturday 25th.
Carr leads 2nd XI to comfortable win against Banbury
Thame 2nd XI entertained Banbury 4ths on Saturday knowing they must win to keep themselves at the top of Cherwell League Division 5. After the monsoon rains of Wednesday the ground was wet but captain Chris Jeffcock won the toss and was able to choose to bowl first. Thame’s bowlers proceeded to squeeze the visiting batsmen on the wet track, with Ian McStay (12-4-20-2) and Jeffcock (13-3-19-3) applying the early pressure and runs coming painfully slowly. Ali Thomas (8-1-12-3) and George Patey (3.4-0-9-2) put the finishing touches, Banbury all out for 99 off 46.4 overs.
After tea, Thame were in a hurry to win the game, as Richard Carr (54 not out, pictured left) and Andy Jinman (26) put on 60 for the first wicket, with the game won inside 16 overs. Thame travel to 5th-placed Horspath 3s on Saturday.
3rd XI are finally beaten in cruel 1–wicket defeat
The 3rds lost for the first time this season, away to Twyford. Losing the toss, Thame batted first and were put under pressure falling to 9-3 quickly, with the ball swinging in perfect conditions for bowling. Only Joe Phippen (22), James McStay (30) and Luke McStay (24 not out) provided any resistance. Combined with a generous amount of extras, Thame hawled themselves from 35-5 up to a defendable 130-9.
Needing quick wickets, Will Bruce-Morgan removed the opener early, but Twyford had several star batsmen who refused to be knocked down easily. Vimal Desai picked up 5 wickets to give Thame a chance, with John Phippen (2-30) and James McStay (1-10) giving Thame the advantage, but despite Thame needing 1 wicket and Twyford needing 25 runs, it was the batting side who prevailed in a tense affair.
Man of the match was Vimal Desai (pictured right) for his 5 wicket haul.