Falkland had to settle for a draw in their Thames Valley Cricket League Division One match against Stoke Green after the wet weather brought an early end to proceedings.
The result sees Falkland slip to sixth in the standings, frustrating as they weren’t far away from taking victory.
Falkland had set a modest target of 148 after being bowled out in the 37th over, but Saad Altaf made amends by taking six wickets during Stoke Green’s innings.
They had their opponents on 105-9 and were on the cusp of victory, but the rain ruined any chance of taking the final wicket.
Falkland’s next match is on Saturday at home to Cove – who sit second in the standings.
Thatcham Town comfortably beaten by Beaconsfield
In Division 2B, there was disappointment for Thatcham Town as they lost to Beaconsfield by 60 runs.
Beaconsfield posted a target of 188, having been on 176-5 until Thatcham rallied to get rid of the tail-enders in quick fashion.
But Thatcham struggled with the bat, their best scores being Tom Mahoney’s 41 and a 26 from Kieran Wood.
Like their opponents they fell away dramatically towards the end, going from 127-6 to being all out for just one run more.
Thatcham remain seventh but with the teams ahead beginning to pull away, they will be eager to avoid getting dragged into a relegation battle. They host Sonning this Saturday.
Poor batting sees Newbury thrashed by Cove
Newbury came away from their match against Cove 2nds with absolutely nothing as they were thrashed by nine wickets.
They could only hit 73 from their innings, with just Charlie Anstey (12) and Jagjit Singh (28) getting into double figures.
As such it didn’t take Cove long to surpass that total, and within 20 overs they had reached 74-1 to take the win.
Newbury stay ninth and bottom of Division 3A with 77 points, 19 behind next-placed Chiswick and Whitton. They make the trip to Wargrave this Saturday.
Meanwhile in the same league, Falkland 2nds lost to Purley-on-Thames by 128 runs after only hitting 87 in reply to Purley’s 215.