Great Brickhill received a big boost in their bid to avoid the drop from Cherwell League Division One when they took the majority of points from a draw with Thame Town.
In a season when scoring runs has not come as easily as in previous years for Brickhill, Garth Davson was the hero with his fantastic 139 for the hosts as they totalled 279-5 from their 53 overs.
Doug Aris offered excellent support with 56 and Brickhill would have been confident of a morale-boosting win against one of their fellow strugglers.
But Thame had their own big-hitter to fall back on, with Will Sutcliffe firing off 105 as the visitors held on to salvage a draw with a score of 247-9.
Davson was also the pick of the bowlers for Brickhill with figures of 4-61, and although his side were denied victory, their 20 points won to Thame’s seven could prove to be very important by the close of the season in early September.
The result keeps Brickhill in eighth place in the 10-team division, but it’s very tight at the bottom and things could look different after Saturday’s fixtures, when Brickhill travel to Shipton-under-Wychwood.
Also fighting relegation are Bletchley Town who sit rock bottom of Division Two after an agonising 2 run defeat to Challow and Childrey.
Jude Ramanadanpulle claimed 5-39 to restrict the visitors to just 145 in 50 overs at Manor Fields, but Bletchley fell just short of victory as they were bowled out for 143.
It would have been Town’s second win of a very difficult season, but that still wouldn’t have been enough to lift them off the foot of the table and a second successive relegation looks inevitable.
Things don’t get any easier for Bletchley who face a trip to promotion chasing Wolverton Town this Saturday.
Wolverton claimed second place after a single wicket win against Cropredy, inspired by Mohammed Shazad who took 5-59 to dismiss them for 102.
Wolves made hard work of it, but they eventually got over the winning line on 103-9 to keep their good promotion hopes alive. Cumnor have a healthy lead at the top of the table, but it’s very tight in the race for second and victory over Bletchley will be crucial.
Great Brickhill 2nds picked up an important seven wicket victory against Thame 2nds to stay on track for promotion in Division Five.
Lee Morgan (5-39) was the best of the bowlers as Brickhill saw off the home side for 155, before Andrew Harwood (57) fired them to victory on 156-3 as they remain second behind Leighton Buzzard 2nds.
Wolverton Town 2nds have plenty of work to do to avoid relegation from Division Six, especially after a six wicket defeat at the hands of bottom side Sandford St Martin. The visitors were skittled for 145 and Sandford won on 146-4.
And Bletchley Town 2nds (176-7) gave Division Seven leaders Long Marston 2nds (179-5) some trouble, but still lost by five wickets and stay one off the foot of the table.