Some stubborn batting at the tail ensured Stony Stratford held on for a draw against Rushton, but it saw them drop to the bottom of the Northants League Premier Division.
Horton House’s win over fellow strugglers Wollaston saw them climb out of the drop zone at the expense of Stony, whose batting display saw them come up just short on Saturday.
Losing the toss, Stony were made to field first, though with the visitors 46-4, it looked like it could be their day.
But number three Andrew Reynoldson hit an excellent 80, while Marcus Steed cameod with 50 lower down to steer Rushton to a fairly competitive 220-8 at the turn.
Despite losing openers Praveen Chandran (8) and Mark Hulbert (15), the partnership of Vicram Sohal and Wesley Fernando proved valuable and looked as though it could lead Stony to a much needed victory.
However, when Sohal fell for 67, and then Fernando for 45 and the score reading 145, things began to fall apart.
The run rate slowed dramatically, but wickets at the tail proved hard to take as Rushton sought the killer blow.
But although James Pickles (19 not out) and Jamie Baxter (11 not out) helped Stony avoid defeat, it wasn’t enough to keep them off the bottom.