Home Counties: Datchet close gap to High Wycombe with 159-run win over Thame Town

Datchet bowled out bottom of the table Thame Town for 159 runs to win Saturday’s clash by five wickets and move to within 12 points of second placed High Wycombe in Home Counties Division 1.

Joe Barrett’s side elected to field on winning the toss and, although Oliver Ebsworth-Burland fell to Oliver Smithson (3-29) with the score on 13, they struggled to keep a tight leash on Michael Beard (81) and Robin Thompson (25) who carried the hosts onto 85-2. However, when Smithson removed Thompson and then Will Sutcliffe for 16, Thame’s innings crumbled with the middle and lower order folding meekly. Steven Naylor (3-51) and Sulaiman Akhtar (3-30) helped wrap up the tail to leave them all out for 159 in the 57th over.

Openers Barrett (45) and Billy Mead (11) got the visitor’s reply off to an assured start and, although Hassam Mushtaq (3-54) accounted for Mead and then Ben Brookes (1) in quick succession, Calvin Dickinson (24) and Joe Thomas (20) were disciplined to push the total on, before Naylor (20no) and Rahul Wijeratne (24no) fired Datchet to victory in the 41st over.

This Saturday they host the team just below them in the table, Buckingham Town.

In Division 2 Slough rose several places to third after beating Great Brickhill at home by five wickets.

Having elected to field, Slough tore through Brickhill’s top order, leaving them rattled on 30-5. Raja Ikhlaq Nawaz (4-47) and Nadeem Syed (2-29) were at the heart of this devastating spell. Doug Aris (26) and Graeme Carter (37) were able to stem the tide of wickets, and there was late resistance from Nimesh Chavda (31) and Kevin Wijesinghe (44no), who frustrated the hosts with some measured play. They eventually finished on 194-9 after 58 overs and had given themselves a total they could defend, something which hadn’t looked likely earlier in the innings.

Jude Ramandanpulle (4-67) upset the hosts with a couple of quickfire wickets to leave them on 36-2, however, a fine stand of 114 between brothers Josh (76) and Dan Lincoln (52) put Syed’s men in the driving seat. Nabeel Janed fell for one, but Feroz Baig (20no) and Mohammed Avas Anwar (9no) comfortably saw them home after 35 overs, with Baig blasting one impressive six.

Wargrave’s stay at the top of Division 2 was shortlived as they lost by four wickets at home to Oxford Downs.

Batting first the hosts were bowled out for 194 in the 53rd over, with Rhys Lewis (70) and Mishan Silva (60) putting the meat on the bones of their innings. From being in a relatively strong position on 134-4, they were bowled out without reaching a double century, thanks in the main to an impressive spell of bowling from Tom Costley, who took 7-40 in 10.5 overs.

Oxford saw six wickets fall in their reply, but with Tom Cosford making 61, they had enough about them to make it to 197-6 in the 43rd over. The defeat sees Wargrave slip to fourth in the standings, just behind Slough.

Burnham are beginning to get cut adrift at the bottom of Division 2 after they lost by three wickets at home to Horspath.

Karan Kumar (54) hit a decent half-century as the top order fired the hosts to 182-4, but an incredible collapse saw six wickets fall for the addition of only 11 runs. Anupam Sanklecha finished with Horspath’s best figures of 5-42.

From a commanding position, Burnham had crumbled and Horspath took full advantage, reaching 199-7 after 56 overs. They didn’t do anything spectacular, but the top order all batted sensibly, with Elliot Ruff finishing as their top scorer on 42. Shakil Ahmed picked up 3-39 for the hosts. The loss leaves Burnham 29 points from safety.

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