DATCHET have closed the gap on Division Two leaders Buckingham Town after a winning draw against the table toppers on Saturday.

The gap between the two sides is down to 34 points, although Datchet are now just two above Great & Little Tew in third place following their maximum point win at Dinton.

Datchet won the coin toss and elected to bat first at the Wally Gage Memorial Ground, the home team declaring on 298-5 off 55 overs.

Number four Jonty Jenner top-scored with 125 runs from 111 balls. His first century of the season and third career ton included 22 boundaries and two maximums.

Joseph Thomas carried his bat through for an unbeaten 105 runs from 155 balls, which included eight boundaries.

The pair put on 211 runs for the third wicket before Jenner was caught by Leigh Tomlinson off the bowling of Russell White.

White was the pick of the Buckingham bowlers with figures of 4-35 from 12 overs, while the other wicket fell to George Humphries (1-83).

The visitors reached 152-8 off 61 overs in response and for their third draw for 14 league matches this season.

Opening batsman Tomlinson top-scored with 47 runs while Mark Hulbert made 39 and Jonathan Cater 21.

Chris Peploe was the best of the six Datchet bowlers used with figures of 5-52 from 29 overs, which included the wickets of Hulbert and Cater.

It is his eight five-wicket-haul this summer and the 65th in his 18-year career.

The other wickets fell to Max Stevenson (1-10), captain Steven Naylor (1-16) and Jarryd Wallace (1-27).

Datchet make the short journey to Chesham this Saturday (11am start).

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