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All set for final showdown

Newbury do neighbours Thatcham a favour in title race

Malcolm Howe



All set for final showdown

THATCHAM will go into the final Saturday of the season with everything to play for after another topsy-turvy week in Division Three A of the Morrant Thames Valley League.

Newbury played the role of good neighbours by handing leaders Royal Ascot a five-wicket defeat at Northcroft that leaves them only two points ahead of Thatcham.

Ascot chose to bat first but failed to capitalise in posting an all-out total  of 169 with only opener Jack Kendall making a decent score of 46 as Alex Townsend took 4-51 and Charlie Anstey 3-37.

Josh Harris led Newbury’s reply with his 68, Sat Pal making 27 and Ed Uden and Suryprakash Sasry unbeaten knocks of 14 and 26 respectively as Newbury reached 170-5 with overs to spare.

Thatcham took advantage by scoring a seven wicket win over Finchampstead III.

They held Finches to 151-9 in the maximum 52 overs with spinner Chris Bird taking 4-55 before Josh O’Flynn and Tom Mahoney replied with 59 and 61 not out respectively as Thatcham reached 16-3 inside 40 oveds.

They now go to third in the table Aldershot on Saturday with the winners hoping to do enough to snatch top spot if Ascot fail to claim full points..

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