Match Report

Thame Town 2nds

15 August 2020 - Away

1st XI Cherwell Div 3 fixture.

Torrential Thame storm on

Game week 5 saw the Mills travel to the high flying Thame.
The run up-to the game was dominated by rumours of unavailability, Devaney reported to be still searching for his home address after forgetting where he lives after the midweek T20. Lewis (K) joining the Mayho, no more than 18 over campaign. Liam (Baskin) Hare set to be missing the game with commitments to set up the big dog rescue centre in Bampton.
With these names away, the opportunity for a 1st XI debut landed to the deserving Lau.
A slightly overcast backdrop saw Burney, returning from his summer batting camp, win the toss and with increasing pressures of a Haselgrove coup, elected to field first.
In fear of the Mills bowling attack, Thame bolstered their squad with Oxfordshire batsman Sutcliffe, who, along with Furness put Thame on top, racing to 40 without loss with only giving a tough caught and bowled chance, Dre Madden explaining after the game he “didn’t see it, was hit so hard I think I did well to get a hand on it, plus 4 for me”. It would take the introduction of part time spinner, Haselgrove to break the partnership with a mix of mystery spin as well as flattery, his doosra bowling the powerful Sutcliffe for 31.
A watchful spell followed for Thame, Warwick joining Furness to build a steady partnership. Mills adding Burney and Garrett into the attack to try and build some pressure.
Eventually the Mills’ patience paid off, Burney removing Furness for a well made 36.
With a platform set, Thame now looked to be more aggressive, taking more chances with the Mills unable to capitalise, Anderson-Pearce deeming two hand catches cheating, missed the chance to dismiss Aston early in his innings.
It would be Haselgrove’s conventional spin that would remove Aston, smartly caught by veteran Kelly at 1st slip.
Burrows added impetus to the Thame innings with further spurned opportunities for the Mills men proving costly. Kelly would see the end to the free-striking batsman though, bowled for a brisk 34.
Warwick (B) selflessly run out for 0 to help push the Thame men on saw the final partnership of Jenkins & Warwick put on 37 to close out the innings on 228 from 38.
Burney & Haselgrove started the Mills reply although were contained from the off through an impressive spell from Burrows. With the Mills openers finally looking like they were through the worst of it Haselgrove was dismissed for 5, gloved behind, Haselgrove spoke of the conditions in his dismissal, “it’s a little different from the mills, I think I need to put myself into more pairs cricket situations to prepare for this”, Thame clearly spotting a weakness in Haselgrove’s game, that lifting ball which swings in then nips away, it really is a concern for the Mills in future weeks, Haselgrove will surely be targeted by this mode of dismissal, especially at Newland.
Anderson-Pearce’s stay was brief, also removed by Burrows, caught behind without troubling the scorer. When Burney fell soon after for a battling 19 Mills seemed in real trouble, Burney also made reference to the pitch, speaking of the low bounce he had become accustomed to in his Greek batting cages, “it just doesn’t bounce up on the Greek beaches like it does here…”
Mayho, who is rumoured to be in talks of a contract extension with the club, joined Garrett to muscle Mills back into contention, bringing their midweek form into the Saturday format to land some lusty blows and get on top of the opposition worm. Mayho’s stay was prematurely ended though, tricked into think it was a T20 he tried to up the scoring in what he thought to be the final few overs of the game to be beaten in the flight by Patey for 27, Mayho heard moments later “if I had known this wasn’t a T20 I wouldn’t have played”. Lewis, fresh from his midweek heroics joined Garrett, who now found himself past 50. Lewis gave a glimpse of his capability with a sweetly struck 6 but, keen to get back to his new mobile creche service only added a couple of singles before being caught off Patey. Garrett, noticing the bar was open and beers were being consumed by teammates decided this to be the better option than batting, caught on the boundary for 55.
Dre Madden joined Dove and the pair stretched the outfield (and their fitness) to add 43 to close the Mills on 172, 54 light of Thame with some learnings to take away.

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