Thame brings abrupt halt to Amer­sham jug­ger­naut

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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

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