Buckingham Town dug deep to record their third draw in a row when taking on Great & Little Tew at the weekend.
Buckingham travelled to top-of-the-table Tew on Saturday and skipper James Gear asked the home side to bat first after winning the toss.
Joe White made a quick start for the hosts with 20 from 24 balls before he was bowled by Lester Smart.
After that, Buckingham controlled the Tew scoring well, with the run-rate dropping below three and Tew struggling to get it back up.
Matt Clarke in particular found scoring difficult early on as he scored just two runs from his first 41 balls, with Simon Myatt (eight overs for 11 runs) and Jack Wilkins (seven overs for 13) particularly economical. Opener Jordan Garrett went to 50 just before lunch as the session ended with the score 87-1.
After lunch, Garrett switched tempo immediately and scored 19 runs from his first 11 balls before offering a return catch to Gear for 72.
The wicket triggered a collapse with the next three batsmen all dismissed by Jack Parish in the space of 31 balls to leave Tew wobbling, 122-5.
Skipper Andy Harris joined Clark and rebuilt the innings, bringing some urgency to the crease which had been lacking beforehand.
The spin combination of Gear and Parish kept the runs in check, however with eight overs to go, Buckingham returned to their seam bowlers and the scoring picked up.
Clark went past 50 and the partnership with Harris added 65 before the latter fell to Wilkins for 27. Lloyd Brock came in and added a quick 16 before he and Clark (75) were dismissed off consecutive Wilkins deliveries in the final over as the innings closed on 227-8.
Ash Pearson (14) and Steve Brunning (23) made a good start to the Buckingham reply, scoring 23 in the first six overs before Tew brought on spinner Joe Thomas.
He conceded just one run in his first three overs as well as taking the wicket of Pearson. Joe White was then introduced at the other end and dismissed Brunning in his first over.
Leigh Tomlinson and Jonny Cater steadied the innings, guiding the score to 84 for two at tea.
Tew continued with the spinners after tea and White got the early wicket of Tomlinson lbw for 23, shortly followed up with the wicket of Large for one.
Jack Wilkins joined Cater and they looked to carry on where they left off following their century stand the week before.
Together they added 64 in 12 overs with Cater passing 50 (67 balls) before he was bowled by Thomas for 62, and Thomas followed that up with the wicket of Wilkins (36) four overs later as Buckingham’s chase faltered.
Two further wickets fell to White who completed a five wicket haul as Buckingham finished on 186-8 to gain a draw.
The result sees Buckingham drop two places to seventh although they remain 22 points above the relegation places in HCPL Division Two.
Town host Amersham this weekend.