BURNHAM have increased the gap between themselves and the relegation spots in Division Two after a draw at Shipton-under-Wychwood on Saturday.

Bottom of the table Shipton won the toss and invited Burnham to bat first, the visitors reaching 276-6 off 57 overs.

Opening batsman Omer Siddique carried his bat through for an unbeaten 97 runs from 149 balls, which included nine boundaries.

Captain Fahad Raja made 40 runs from 61 balls and the opening pair put on 65 for the first wicket.

Siddique then added 122 in a third wicket partnership with Antum Naqvi, who made 80 at a run a ball for his fifth half-century this season.

Shaun Miller was the pick of the Shipton bowlers with figures of 3-65 from 14 overs.

The home side managed 218-7 off 51 overs in response and for a first draw in 13 league matches this summer.

Number eight Jason Hunt top-scored with 60 runs from 57 balls, which included 10 boundaries and two maximums.

Craig Wood (27) and opener Ben Norgrove (39) put on 55 runs for the fourth wicket, before Hunt and Luke Champion (14*) added 78 in a seventh-wicket partnership.

The wickets were shared amongst the six Burnham bowlers with Naqvi fairing best with figures of 2-25 from 10 overs. Sulaiman Javed claimed opener Lewis Marstin for eight in his 2-32.

Burnham return to The Memorial Ground for the visit of Wokingham on Saturday (11.30am).

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