Weekly roundup – 2nd XI win again, as 1s and 3s toil in the heat 8/7

1st XI fall to 5 wicket defeat at home to Datchet

After winning the toss and batting, Thame were immediately in trouble against the spin of Chris Peploe. An excellent partnership between Richie Straughan (30) and Jimmy Adams (54, pictured below) steadied the ship slightly, but Thame never really got going as they were eventually dismissed for 157 with one ball of their allotted 58 overs to spare. Peploe bowled from one end throughout the innings, finishing with figures of 7-48.

In reply, Thame’s bowlers created chances but it was not to be their day. Steven Naylor held the Datchet innings together with 54 before he fell with just a couple of runs required. Datchet ultimately chased the Thame target down for the loss of 5 wickets with 15 overs to spare.

Thame travel to Buckingham next week looking to bounce back.


Back-to-back wins for the 2nd XI

Chris PennyThame 2s made it 2 out of 2 in July with a hard fought 58 run victory away against Stokenchurch. Batting first, the Meadowmen’s score of 241 all out was anchored by Skipper Matt Furness who continued his fine form with the bat, opening with 76. He was ably supported by Dan Patey (58) and Christian Warwick (46).

In reply, Stokenchurch got off to a flyer with an opening stand of 82 in 12 overs, putting Thame’s total under pressure. Once Latif was dismissed though, by Ali Thomas, Thame’s bowlers slowly gained the upper hand. With 2 more wickets for Thomas, and 1 for Ben Warwick, the introduction of Chris Penny (pictured left) then literally swung the game Thame’s way. A deadly spell of 6 for 36 ripped through the middle and lower order, to give Thame an excellent win against the divisions 2nd placed team.

The 2s are now 5th, and face 3rd placed Witney Mills at home next Saturday.

3s battle for Kimble 2s draw on very hot day 

Ian ChappellThame won the toss and asked Kimble to bat first. Kimble got off to a flying start putting on 88 off 15  overs for no wicket.  Jamie Wiles (1-18) and James McStay (2 -23) were the pick of the bowlers and restored some discipline. Unfortunately, an overall undisciplined bowling performance, including 55 extras on a great batting track, ensured that Kimble scored 279-4 before declaring. The large total was built on a solid opening partnership between T. Skeggs (49) and A. Singh (34), before some very clean and powerful hitting by Tizzard (102*) made Thame 3’s wilt on a hot sunny day.

In reply, Thame started well with Skipper Vimal Desai (26) and Joe Phippen (12) put on a steady opening partnership of 45 after 11 overs but a mini collapse meant that Thame were soon on 54 for 4 after 13 overs.  The ever-reliable Ian Chappell (59, pictured right), James McStay (32) and Matt Anderson (27) ensured that Thame posted a very respectable drawing score of 183-7 at the close.

Thame are now 5th in the table and next play Twyford 3’s, who are 3rd in the league.

Thame lose by just 8 runs in Horspath T20

On Thursday night, the boys travelled to Horspath in the Bernard Tollett T20 Cup. At the halfway point of the Horspath innings, they were on course for well over 200, with Tom Cosford blasting 83 of 34 balls, but Hassam Mushtaq (2-15) and Higgs (2-19) meant the hosts ended up with 157 all out.

Thame’s chase fell short by just 8 runs, following Callum Russell’s 43 from 29 balls. Andy Russell’s 2 sixes in a row at the end made for an exciting finish, but it was to no avail. Thame host Oxford Downs this week.


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