Thame brings abrupt halt to Amersham juggernaut
THE juggernaut that had become Amersham CC, with nine wins from nine, hit a brick wall at lowly Thame last Saturday and dented their promotion hopes.
Some unusually loose bowling and some good batting by Thame enabled the home side to reach a respectable 205 all out, which ought to have been a target well within the reach of the Amersham batsmen.
But only Rob Viney (47) and Maduka Lyanapathiranage (35) made any sort of contribution to the run chase, despite the return of influential all-rounder Rich Stephenson.
When he was bowled for just 13 after battling away to keep the innings going, the rest of the batsmen fell like flies as the visitors were bowled out for 155, some 50 runs short of their target.
The victory for Thame not only seriously dented the promotion hopes for Amersham, who must now beat leaders Horspath in this weekend’s clash at Shardeloes, but it does also not help local rivals Gerrards Cross in their battle to avoid relegation.
The Cross were hoping for a favour off their neighbours against their relegation rivals, but it was not forthcoming and they themselves lost by 42 runs to Datchet, leaving themselves 15 points adrift with two games remaining.
Elsewhere, Amersham 2nds saw their match abandoned against Gerrards Cross 2nds and slipped to third in TVL Division 3b, but the 3rds maintained their 39 point lead at the top of Division 5a with a sixwicket win at Chalfont St Peter which all but secured promotion.
Chamath Gunartne took 3-31 and Paul Weston 3-36, and they were well supported by Callum Tilbury with 2-33, as Chalfont were bowled out for 161, Mohnish Mirchandani being unlucky to only pick up one wicket in his 12 overs of controlled off spin.
Nick Nguyen led the reply with an increasingly fluent 58 before Stuart Rogers, in his first match back after dislocating his elbow earlier in the season, and Weston knocked off the remaining runs, with the final single accompanied by a downpour that may have ended the match anyway.
Contribution: Rob Viney