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Rain saves Thatcham from probable defeat

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Thatcham's Division 3a fixture against Sonning was abandoned due to the weather before the game could reach a conclusion.

Thatcham won the toss and put Sonning in to bat, which looked to be a sensible decision given the conditions.

Odhinn Moore took an early wicket and Steven Bartholomew struck twice – at 92/3, with the wet and wind making things difficult, the game was in the balance.

However, Sonning added another 186 runs without losing a wicket before declaring on 278/3 – both not-out batsmen finished with centuries.

Thatcham's reply began inauspiciously – when Michael Klichowicz made his way back to the pavilion for 12, the score was 42/3.

George Wheeler made 39 as he looked to drag his side back into the contest, but he was bowled with the score 76/4.

When the rain arrived, with Thatcham needing another 181 from 100 balls with six wickets remaining, it looked to have saved them from inevitable defeat.

That said, there's no knowing whether Thatcham's Ben Denton-Powell and Jamie Young might've replicated Sonning's first innings partnership – as it was, they finished unbeaten on 16 and 15.

Ben Denton-Powell
Ben Denton-Powell
Jamie Young
Jamie Young

Thatcham 2nd's match against Wokingham 3rd did survive the weather, allowing Thatcham to secure a five wicket win.

Thatcham won the toss and elected to field – Ollie Thorne and Matthew Cox took early wickets, removing both Wokingham's openers for single figures.

Varun Thambirauah (4-29) and Jack Young (2-27) then removed the middle and lower orders before Thorne returned to take the final wicket and dismiss Wokingham for 162.

Runs from Harley Sheridan-Hawkins (34), Chris Rochfort (39) and Matt Taylor (27) put Thatcham in a commanding position and a quick-fire 21 from Ravi Mirchandani saw them home with plenty to spare.

Harley Sheridan-Hawkins
Harley Sheridan-Hawkins

Thatcham 3rd weren't so fortunate as to be saved by the weather – they lost to Binfield 3rd by 76 runs.

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