Falkland Cricket Club have slipped to just one place above the drop zone in Division One of the Thames Valley Cricket League after being convincingly beaten by Boyne Hill.
They lost by nine wickets on Saturday to fall to eighth, and are just 20 points ahead of relegation-threatened Marlow.
Falkland had set a target of 184 for Boyne Hill to chase down, which included a 49 from James Ettridge and a 40 from Imran Malik in a solid if unspectacular innings.
However a not out 93 from Matt Leipold and a half century from Chris Shave saw Boyne Hill easily surpass Falkland’s total, losing just one wicket in the process for a routine victory.
Thatcham pick up first win in almost two months
There was better luck for Thatcham Town however, after they picked up their first win since June after beating Royal Ascot by five wickets.
Thatcham’s bowlers were on top form to limit Ascot to just 150, dismissing the team within 47 overs.
Chris Bird accounted for four of the wickets, conceding just 24 runs during his time with the ball.
Thatcham then stepped up to bat, with captain Josh O’Flynn hitting an impressive 82 before finally being given his marching orders.
And it helped Thatcham to reach Ascot’s total in the 36th over, having lost just five wickets in that time.
The result is a welcome boost for Thatcham who are now in a more comfortable seventh position in Division 2B.
Rare victory for Newbury to maintain survival hopes
And there was good news for Newbury as well as they kept their Division 3A survival hopes alive with a win over Fleet.
Things weren’t looking good for Newbury after they batted first, as they could only post a total of 114.
That included four batters going for ducks, although Rohit Sengupta was able to hit a respectable 36 before being caught.
But the Newbury duo of Kevin Mills and Charlie Anstey made sure they eliminated Fleet’s bowlers quickly, with the pair accounting for all 10 wickets.
Anstey was responsible for six and Mills four as Fleet were all out for just 90, with only two batters getting into double figures.
That gave Newbury an unlikely 24-run win, and while they remain bottom of Division 3A they have closed the gap to next-placed Chiswick and Whitton.
Just three games of the season remain, starting this Saturday when Falkland host Cookham Dean, Thatcham play Hurst at home, while Newbury make the trip to Finchampstead 3rds.