ASTON Rowant’s fears of the drop from Division 1 increased with an eight-wicket defeat under the Duckworth-Lewis Method at relegation rivals Gerrards Cross.
Rowant now stand just three points above Harefield in the relegation zone, with bottom club Gerrards Cross a further five points adrift.
Having been put in to bat, Rowant were restricted to 198-7 off their 50 overs.
Opener Chris Watling top-scored with 64 off 119 balls, with five fours, while Tom Hampton (3-38) was Gerrards Cross’s most successful bowler.
Rowant’s hopes were lifted as Karl Penhale removed openers Jamie Hoddle and Mohammed Anwar cheaply to leave Gerrards Cross struggling on 29-2.
However, there was no moving Matthew Watson and Daniel Solway, who shared an unbeaten stand which took the basement boys to victory.
They had reached 125-2 off 33.1 overs when there was a rain break.
Gerrards Cross’s target was revised, and the pair maintained the momentum to see the hosts home at 152-2 off 37.3 overs.
Watson was unbeaten on 71 from 109 balls, which contained ten fours, while Solway made 57 not out from 74 deliveries, with nine fours.
Aston Rowant – Sat, Aug 30 v Henley (h). Sat, Sept 6 v Tring Park (a).
Gerrards Cross – Sat, Aug 30 v Burnham (a). Sat, Sept 6 v Oxford (h).
Harefield – Sat, Aug 30 v High Wycombe (h). Sat, Sept 6 v Banbury (a).
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