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Thatcham Town succumbed to a narrow nine run defeat against Windsor.

The result leaves Thatcham precariously positioned in eighth in the Division 3a table, four points above ninth placed side White Waltham.

Thatcham won the toss and put Windsor into bat, which looked to be a good decision as the hosts were bowled all-out for 148.

Oscar Moore (2-22) broke Windsor’s opening partnership of 60 as the batting side lost three quick wickets to slip to 66/3.

Chris Bird finished with figures of 4-40 and hit 32 runs
Chris Bird finished with figures of 4-40 and hit 32 runs

The home side rebuilt to 95/3 before Nick Bishop (2-27) and Chris Bird (4-40) ripped through the middle order as Windsor added 13 runs for five wickets and slumped to 108/8.

Chasing Windsor’s 148, Thatcham made almost the worst possible start, losing all their top three batters for a combined seven runs and leaving the score 14/3.

Skipper Jack Young (47) looked to lead the fightback but wickets continued to tumble around him.

Skipper Jack Young hit 47
Skipper Jack Young hit 47

Some late runs from Chris Bird (32) made sure it was a tense finish but his efforts ultimately proved in vain as Nick Bishop was the last man out with the score 139.

Meanwhile, Thatcham Town 2nd were defeated by 25 runs at the hands of Maidenhead and Bray 2nd despite a valiant effort with the bat.

Thatcham won the toss and decided to field, a decision that proved costly.

Maidenhead’s openers combined for 96 before Matt Taylor produced a sharp run-out.

Unfortunately for Thatcham, the second wicket partnership proved even more effective as Maidenhead moved onto 217/1 before Basharmal Betanai struck.

It was to prove an afternoon of toil for Thatcham’s bowlers as Maidenhead eventually declared on an imposing 306/4.

Thatcham looked to have no chance when they slumped to 80/6 following five single figure scores in their top seven.

However, a determined Jona Spriggs remained unbeaten at the crease, who was then joined by Eddie Wylie.

The pair put on 104 for the seventh wicket before Spriggs was caught on 78 with the score 184/7.

The tail then wagged in impressive fashion – Wylie made 63, Betanai added 43 and Harvey Mackay finished unbeaten on 43 – but it wasn’t quite enough, as Thatcham were all-out for a battling 281.

Thatcham 3rd's struggles continued as they lost to Reading 3rd by 41 runs.

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