Thatcham and Newbury cricket clubs both picked up useful draws in their weekend fixtures as they reached the halfway point of the Thames Valley Cricket League season.
Thatcham rescued a draw against high-flying Slough 2nds, with the final wicket holding on to prevent defeat.
Slough had posted a target of 225, with Thatcham bowling them all out in the 49th over after they had hit a couple of half-centuries.
Thatcham’s batters weren’t as prolific, but they did prove difficult to get rid of.
As it became clear they weren’t going to be able to match Slough’s total, Thatcham held firm in order to secure a draw.
And even though Slough were able to get nine wickets, they were unable to get the crucial 10th and Thatcham ended their 51 overs on 175-9, and a share of the spoils.
The result means that Thatcham remain fifth in Division 2B, while Slough have been bumped off the top spot by Beaconsfield.
All the teams have now played each other once, so Thatcham host Aldershot in their next game on Saturday for their second meeting of the season.
Elsewhere, Newbury made it two games without a defeat as they tied with local rivals Falkland 2nds in a high-scoring match.
Falkland got to 271-5 after 45 overs, but Newbury came within two runs of surpassing them before running out of overs themselves.
Aside from Salman Khalid being caught for a duck, Falkland’s batters were on top form, with three half-centuries including a not out 78 from Graham Beal.
They reached 271-5 and after a difficult season so far for Newbury, may have been confident that they had done enough.
But Newbury had other ideas and saw some good scores of their own, with Rajeev Hanabe (80) and Austin Keep (53) the most notable.
Able to bat for 55 overs, Newbury were closing in on Falkland’s total and it looked as if an upset may be on the cards.
However they weren’t quite able to reach 271, ending up on 269-9 and having to settle for a draw.
It does move Newbury off the bottom of the Division 3A table though to jump above Chiswick & Whitton to eighth, while Falkland remain seventh.
Newbury’s next game is away to Purley-on-Thames on Saturday afternoon.