Buckingham Town’s winning run came to an end at the weekend when they drew to Banbury IIs in Cherwell League Division One.
In a game where over 500 runs were scored, Banbury set Buckingham a challenging 281 to win and they produced a spirited effort but fell short on 257-8. Buckingham took eight points from the match and remain second in the table.
After winning the toss and choosing to bowl on a hot day, Buckingham made a good start when Wayne Platts had Adam Wirth caught behind for a duck in the second over.
From that point, however, it was the hosts who had the better of the early exchanges, with Jacques Prinsloo and Chris Thompson scoring at five-an-over in a second wicket partnership of 81.
A sharp run out from Jason Ell dismissed Prinsloo for 47, but Justin Lambden joined Thompson and maintained the high scoring rate as they added a further 86.
Thompson was the more solid of the pair, but when he was dismissed by James Gear for 72 the score was 176-3.
Steve Beck came in at five and upped the scoring rate in the later overs as his 48 from 53 balls guided Banbury to 280-6. Gear took 3-98.
The re-jigged Buckingham batting line-up made a solid start as openers Rob Large and Matthew Thatcher added 57 for the first wicket inside the first 12 overs.
The introduction of spinner Prinsloo brought about the first wicket though, as he had Thatcher dismissed lbw for 15.
Large looked in good touch but was run out for 49 before Ashley Pearson departed for 19, leaving the visitors struggling on 104-3.
However, Simon Myatt and Callum Price came together and carried on where they left off the week before. The pair added 91 from 71 balls before Myatt was caught on the boundary for 56 from 52 balls, quickly followed by Price (60).
Ben Laycock (13), Jack Parish (11) and Wayne Platts (6) all fell quickly as Buckingham tried to keep up with the rate but finished on 257-8 to settle for a draw.
Buckingham entertain Oxford Downs this weekend.