Buckingham Town never recovered from a top-order batting collapse in their Home Counties Premier League clash with Amersham this week as they were edged out by two wickets.
Amersham were the visitors to Buckingham on Saturday, and after winning the toss. they asked the hosts to bat first.
Callum Price was pushed up the order, and struck a couple of early boundaries before being given out caught behind off Haseeb Ali for 10.
That was the first of four wickets for Ali in an impressive opening spell of 4-27 in seven overs which reduce Buckingham to 32-4.
Rob Large, batting at number four, tried to counter attack in a quickfire 28 from just 26 balls, but his dismissal by Matthew Chapman was followed by two more quick wickets and Buckingham were 58-7 just 80 minutes into the game.
Jack Parish and Ben Stafford came together and managed to survive through until lunch, taking the score to 84-7.
The pair carried on after the break, taking the score firstly past 100 and then slowly towards a form of respectability.
Parish brought up his 50 from 89 balls as the partnership grew to 89 in 31 overs.
Maduka Liyanapathirange finally broke the stand when he bowled Parish for 55, but some late hitting from Josh Nix (13) and Stafford (32no) at least helped Town to a competitive score of 165 all out.
Early wickets were a must for Buckingham but Amersham openers Rob Viney and Bruce Friderichs started well and saw off the opening bowlers.
The pair added 80 for the opening wicket, and the game appeared to be drifting to an inevitable conclusion when Jack Parish and Will Thompson suddenly snaffled three wickets in consecutive overs as 80-0 became 84-3 and Buckingham had a glimmer at tea.
After the interval, Nix returned to the attack and took the wicket of Adam Ali which brought Richard Stephenson to the wicket alongside skipper Andy Viney.
With the run-rate not an issue, the pair batted steadily, adding 36 in 13 overs as they reduced the target to less than 30.
Nix was brought back for a final burst and he removed both set batsmen in a spell of 4-14 from five overs as Amersham were reduced to 162-8 with four still needed for victory.
It wasn’t enough for the hosts, however, as Chris Owen hit the winning runs to seal a two wicket victory for Amersham.
Nix finished with 5-33 from 13 overs.
Buckingham are fifth in HCPL Division Two and visit Datchet this weekend.