It was a second agonising defeat in a row for Thatcham Town Cricket Club, as they lost by just 10 runs.
Beaconsfield seemed odds on for a resounding away win on Saturday with Thatcham 92 runs behind with one wicket left, until John Williams put in a late stand to almost pinch the match.
But after losing last week’s opening game by just one run, Thatcham frustratingly came up short again and were all out for 213.
Things looked difficult right from the start for Thatcham, as Beaconsfield posted a strong target of 223-6 off their 50 overs.
In response Thatcham’s top order crumbled, stumbling to 47-4 with only Kieran Wood making a worthwhile contribution of 22.
Jack Young and Tom Mahoney managed to get some runs on the board after scoring 30 and 28 respectively, and gave the home side some hope.
But a further collapse resulted in Thatcham getting to 131-9, with any dreams of victory looking to have vanished.
The final pairing of Williams and Chris Bird went on the attack, and Williams in particular produced a stunning display as he hit 37 off just two overs.
He reached his half century in just 24 balls, and with 12 balls left Thatcham needed just 14 runs to steal an unlikely victory.
Yet it was not to be as Williams’ innings came to an end after being bowled.
Nevertheless Thatcham picked up eight points for their efforts, and remain eighth in the Thames Valley Cricket League Division 2B.
Elsewhere, Martin Walker’s 85 wasn’t enough to prevent Newbury Cricket Club from also slipping to a second defeat of the season, this time against Cove 2nds.
Newbury were all out for 154, with only Walker, Mark Hughes (22) and Rohit Sengupta (16) getting into double figures.
Cove had to work for the win though, with Charlie Anstey picking up six wickets during the afternoon.
But home side Cove were able to get over the line on 155-8 to win by two wickets.
Newbury are eighth in Division 3A after scoring 10 points from the match.
Both Thatcham and Newbury are back in action this Saturday as they look for their first win of 2017, with Thatcham travelling to Sonning and Newbury playing host to Wargrave.