Falkland Cricket Club came up 35 runs short as they were beaten by Cookham Dean on Saturday – and drop to just above the relegation zone in the process.
Cookham Dean set a target of 253-8 from their innings, with Khalid Zafar Malik getting four of the wickets along the way.
But despite a half century from James Bird, Falkland found themselves all out for 218, and have now slipped to eighth in Division One of the Thames Valley Cricket League.
Cookham Dean stepped up to the crease first and quickly lost Ben Millar, who was out after contributing one four from nine balls.
From then on it was a solid display from the hosts and, while there was no stand out performer, each batter got into double figures.
Chris Marrow was the next to go for 31 with Cookham Dean on 51-2, and was the first of Malik’s four wickets of the afternoon.
Tom Fray was run out for 29 before Malik took the next three wickets of Yash Rastogi, Mark Lowden and Christian Green to leave them on 172-6.
Malik also had a part to play in claiming the next wicket as he caught Greg Davis for 32, and when Sim Mangat fell for 14 Cookham Dean were left on 188-8.
But the pairing of Manish Chaudhary (37) and Tapiwa Mufudza added some valuable late runs, and they reached the end of their 52 overs on 253-6.
It was then Falkland’s turn to bat, but they got off to a bad start as Paul Jenkins was dismissed from the first ball he faced.
Will Langmead was next to fall for 24, while Dimi Kologula wasn’t able to add anything to the score from his seven balls.
During this time, however, Bird hit nine fours on his way to a half century, and when he was caught it left Falkland on 92-4.
The visitors kept plodding along but the scores weren’t high enough as Mark Abrams (14), Daniel Williams (19), Craig Williams (15), Malik (25) and Charlie Dale (2) all fell.
This left Falkland on 185-9, asking a lot from the final pairing of Jason Williams and Saad Altaf to make up the gap.
They gave it a go, but when Altaf was caught for 26, Falkland were 35 runs short.
Falkland host Finchampstead 2nds on Saturday.