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Thatcham lose top spot after Purley setback

Royal Ascot overhaul leaders as Thatcham fail to hit the target

Malcolm Howe



Thatcham lose top spot after Purley setback

THATCHAM were dragged off the top of Division One of the Morrant Thames Valley League when Purley handed them a 38-run defeat alongside the Thames.

With Royal Ascot scoring a comfortable maximum points win over bottom of the table Fleet, Thatcham now trail their rivals by 17 points with Aldershot breathing down their own necks.

Thatcham’s inability to chase down a target again let them down as they reached 76-0 in reply to Purley’s 208 but slipped to 135-4 and then 154-9 before they were all out for 170, Paul Reber’s unbeaten 101 having guided Purley to their total.

Falkland II retain an outside chance of snatching a top two spot after their eight wicket win over Finchampstead III while Newbury’s lean spell continued with a six-wicket defeat at the hands of Wokingham II.

Falkland’s senior side moved back into the top four in Division One with a six wicket win over Yateley as Bruce Martin took 6-70 and Hamza Riazuddin 4-59 to dismiss the home side for 158 before Martin’s 57 and an unbeaten 51 from Mark Abrams took Falkland home with wickets and overs to spare.



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