After last week’s disappointing result, Thatcham Town Cricket Club returned to winning ways with a five wicket victory against High Wycombe on Saturday.
Thatcham’s bowlers put in a good showing as five of Wycombe’s batters were dismissed without scoring a single run, while another went for just one.
Josh O’Flynn then came close to a century in response as he hit 92 off 88 balls, with Thatcham comfortably able to surpass Wycombe’s target of 192.
Wycombe chose to bat first and quickly lost opener John Stevens for a duck, with Simon Janes next to follow for 16.
However Henry Moore and David Cranfield-Thompson produced a good partnership as both managed to hit half centuries to get Wycombe to 126-2.
Cranfield-Thompson was then bowled for 57, and his replacements Aashi Zaib (1) and Matt Pugh (0) soon followed.
Moore was next to go for 59, and when Harry Lane was caught for 17 Wycombe were on 185-7.
And while Andy Higgins would finish on a not out 26, the three remaining batsmen of Alfie King, Sam Parry and Matt Walker all went for nought, leaving Wycombe all out on 192.
Thatcham stepped up to bat and got up to 79 before losing their first wicket, with Kieran Wood being bowled for 38.
Stephen Bird went for just seven, but during this time O’Flynn was closing in on his century before being caught eight runs short of the milestone figure.
Thatcham themselves though were within 30 runs of Wycombe’s tally at this stage, and looking odds on for victory.
And despite losing Jack Young (13) and Rhodri Lewis (0) after both were bowled, the final pairing of Jamie Young and Jack Andrews managed to seal the win for Thatcham.
Thatcham now sit fifth in Division 2B of the Thames Valley Cricket League, and next host Slough 2nds on Saturday.
Newbury win at last
Newbury Cricket Club have got a win on the board at long last as they beat fellow Division 3A strugglers Chiswick & Whitton by seven wickets on Saturday.
It has taken seven games for Newbury to register their first victory.
Chiswick elected to bat first but could only reach 116, with Charlie Anstey picking up six wickets.
Newbury set about chasing that down as early batters Anstey (35), Simon Digweed (13) and Kevin Mills (20) got some useful runs on the board before being caught.
That left Martin Walker and Vivek Srivastava at the crease, and the pairing hit 21 and 16 respectively to get Newbury past Chiswick’s total in just 28 overs.