A Daminda Kolugula century didn’t help Falkland Cricket Club to victory as they were beaten away at Marlow in their season opener on Saturday.
In a closely fought game, Falkland set an impressive total of 264 for Marlow to chase after losing their final wicket in the 50th over.
But Marlow surpassed Falkland’s score with one over to spare, to win by three wickets.
Falkland batted first and got off to a steady start, with Paul Jenkins hitting a solid 39 while James Bird and Danny Williams fell for six and nine runs respectively.
Jim Ettridge lasted 27 runs before he was caught, paving the way for Kolugala to begin his knock of 108.
It put Falkland in a strong position, but aside from Craig Williams’s 27 the remaining batters did little to add to the total.
Imran Nawaz proved to be the nemesis to Falkland as the Marlow bowler was responsible for five wickets falling, including that of Kolugula who was finally caught by Nick Paskins.
He also dismissed Craig Williams, as well as Jason Williams (2), Charlie Dale (3) and Shiryar Ahmed (2), while Khalid Zafar Malik (8) was run out.
Falkland’s final total was 264 all out, leaving Marlow with a bit of work to do if they wanted to take victory.
They got off to a good start as openers Nawaz and Barney Hogg scored 34 and 40.
And the runs kept coming with Nick Paskins and Graeme Paskins adding 25 and 20 as they surged past the 100 point mark.
Mark Quamil produced the best performance for Marlow as he racked up 67 before eventually being caught by Ahmed.
Jason Williams bowled Kirk Graham for 18 and Kevin Hudson was caught for just two.
But the not out pairing of Simon Carter (20) and Jeremy Barry (5) were able to get Marlow across the finish line with an over to spare.
The eight points earned from the match puts Falkland seventh in Division One of the Thames Valley Cricket League and they next host Stoke Green this Saturday.