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Thatcham leave their worries behind

Victory over Wycombe continues move into top half spot

Malcolm Howe



Thatcham leave their worries behind

THATCHAM all but shook of any lingering fears of relegation with a convincing 123-run home win over Wycombe II.

Opener Peter Spriggs’ 62 was key to holding together the upper order as Thatcham slipped to 88-4 before middle order work from Tom Mahoney (21), John Williams (27) and especially skipper Duncan Johnson with a half-century, guided the home side to 227-9 in the 52 overs.

Wycombe’s order was shredded by Chris Bird and Williams, the spinners taking 6-42 and 3-50 respectively as Wycombe were dismissed for 104 with more than four overs to spare as Thatcham moved into the top half of the Thames Valley League Division Two B table.

FALKLAND also scored a comfortable 92-run home win over Marlow in Division One.

Jim Ettridge and Saranga Rajaguru made 43 apiece with James Bird adding 39 and Will Langmead 33 as Falkland posted 247-8 before Rajaguru prised out 5-63 and Daminda Kolugula 3033. Bird chipped in with 2-12 as Marlow were dismissed for 155 in 46 overs.

NEWBURY remain third in Division Three, albeit a long way behind the top two, after their nine wicket dismissal of Reading II.

Charlie Anstey took 5-47 and skipper Kevin Mills 3-16 to dismiss the visitors for 130 and Anstey’s unbeaten 64, coupled with 58 not out from Martin Walker, sorted it out at 134-1 inside 30 overs.

FALKLAND II also won when beating Yateley II by four wickets, overhauling the home side’s 238-8 declared in the final over.


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