So Week 10 saw the first set of reverse fixtures in the Thames Valley Cricket League.
The 1s were away to Wokingham 2 and we won the toss and elected to bat first. James Gamble fell for 3 as we lost the first wicket for 31 but the innings was dominated by a 118 stand between Jack Kendall and Nick Sweetman. Jack Kendall scored 89 off 77 balls including 18 fours. After that wickets fell at regular intervals with Nick Sweetman making 60 and James Wensley 18 as the 1s reached 212 all out in 51 overs.
Mike Brown struck early for Ascot reducing Wokingham from 31 for 0 to 34 for 3. The other bowlers chipped in but Kevin May helped secure the win with 4 for 68 as Wokingham were all out for 160 and Ascot picked up 25 points.
The 1s are now 2nd in Division 3A – 2 points ahead of Newbury and 21 points behind Thatcham Town. They face 4th placed Aldershot at home next week who are only 3 points behind.
The 2s were at home to NPL Teddington 2. Teddington elected to bat first and despite some good contributions at the top of the order slumped from 103 for 2 to 139 all out in the 40th over thanks to Jason Carr’s 5 for 6 and James Summers taking 3 for 36.
Ascot reached the target in the 24th over for the loss of only 3 wickets with Howard Green seeing the side home with an unbeaten 57.
The 2s remain top of the table in Division 6B – 13 points ahead of Wargrave 2 and next week are away at third placed Aldershot 3.
The 3s were at home to North Maidenhead 3s. Winning the toss and batting first, Ascot posted 188 for 5 in their 47 overs with Neal Feely top scoring with 73 not out and Oliie Dunnett getting 48.
In reply North Maidenhead 3s while easily ahead of the run rate going at 5 an over, lost wickets regular and finished 148 all out in the 33rd over. Joshua Oshea and Neal Feely picking up 3 wickets each.
The 3s are top of the table in Division 7A – just 2 points ahead of Fleet 2 and next week are away at fourth placed Newbury 2.
The 4s had a long journey to Barnes to face Kew 4s. Kew won the toss and elected to bat on a hot and humid day. They raced away to 50 off just 8 overs but Marc Ames with 5 for 66 and Chris Thomason with 4 for 41 pulled things back for Ascot as Kew finished on 163 for 9 off 47 overs.
Ascot reached the target for the loss of only 3 wickets as opener Jon Prowse made 51 and Chris Nichol 50 not out and John Dunnet 28 not out saw Ascot home in the 33rd over.
Despite winning the 4s dropped one place to 5th in Division 8A but are only 15 points behind first placed Bracknell 2s who are the next visitors to Locks Ride.