Buckingham Town’s Division One title hopes suffered a blow at the weekend when they were comfortably beaten by Thame Town.
Going into the game having lost just once this season, Buckingham were frustrated by some late-order hitting from the hosts as Thame set Buckingham 243 to win, a target they never got close to despite Simon Myatt’s 72.
Buckingham remain second but are now 31 points off leaders Horspath.
The visitors won the toss and opted to bowl first and were rewarded early on as Simon Myatt removed Mike Higgs for eight.
Jason Ell picked up fellow opener Will Taylor to leave Thame 38-2 before Soni (41) and Deon Labscher (25) put on 49 at a run-a-ball.
Jack Parish was then introduced into the attack and removed them both in the space of thee overs but Will Sutcliffe (27) and Alastair Thomas (22) put together another solid partnership and looked to be set for a big score before both failed to capitalise on a start as they fell in successive overs, Thomas being run out by a direct hit from Ashley Pearson.
Wickets continued to fall regularly as Thame slipped to 191-9, but Will Rooney (41) played his shots in the final overs and, supported by George Patey (10 not out), put on 51 in the last seven overs.
Thame finished on 242 all out, Jack Parish the pick of the Buckingham bowlers with 5-62.
Buckingham made a terrible start to their reply as both openers were dismissed in the opening two overs, followed not long after by skipper Ashley Pearson. Simon Myatt scored freely, but Buckingham lost a further three wickets to leave them 58-6.
Jason Ell joined Myatt and they added 49 in six overs as Myatt took advantage of the spin before being bowled for 72 from 54 balls.
The innings did not last too long after that as Thame took the last three wickets to bowl Buckingham out for 127, Myatt and Ell (18) the only two batsmen to reach double figures. John Maynard took four wickets for the home side.
Buckingham 1sts host Shipton this weekend.