Where has the time gone? Week 12 – but the season has only just started!
The 1s were at home to Chiswick & Whitton. On one of the hottest days of the year most skippers were hoping to win the toss and bat – and Nick Sweetman duly lost the toss again to make it only 1 out of 11!
Chiswick & Whitton were soon in trouble, reduced to 16 for 4 by Mike Brown 3 for 37 and Will Ellison 1 for 25. Kazim Naqvi restored some respectability with 62 supported by Leo Glover 20, but they were all out for 125 in 37.4 overs as Kevin May took 3 for 22.
Jack Kendall then put on a masterclass for his 104 not out as Ascot won by 10 wickets supported by Nick Wiggett 24 not out as they reached the target in under 20 overs.
Ascot moved to 2nd place in the table although Henley 2s are 75 points ahead and look nailed on to win the title and sole promotion place to Division 1.
The 2s were away at Bracknell, and batted first despite losing the toss. Henry Chapman was the mainstay of the innings with 70 not out supported by Murray Barter 38, Nikesh Patel 35 and Deep Mohain 24 to reach 241 for 6 in 52 overs.
Bracknell came out of the blocks fast as Tyron Winter 90 and Nipun Chopra 66 looked to be cruising to victory as they put on 153 for the first wicket. Even at 223 for 6 the win looked certain but Rob Major with 5 for 67 and Henry Chapman 3 for 19 saw Ascot squeeze home by 13 runs.
Ascot remain in 3rd place in a tight battle at the top of Division 5b.
The 3s were away at Hurst 2. Winning the toss and electing to bat, Ascot put on a good start with Gary Clarke 65 and Daniel Parker 31. But a middle order collapse saw Ascot struggle to reach 200, reliant on Elliot Coggins 24 and Theo Hosegood 23 to reach 205 all out in 46.3 overs.
The match went back and forth and Hurst looked in trouble at 49 for 4. But then Tim Walder 44, Roy Head 39, Alex Orme 40 and Tim Everitt 22 looked to have turnaround the game at 188 for 6. However, Elliot Coggins 5 for 53 and Mike Wyatt 3 for 51 enabled Ascot to win by 12 runs.
Ascot remain in 2nd place in Division 6b.
The 4s were at home to Sonning 3s. Winning the toss, they elected to bat and made 161 all out thanks to Daniel Mallett’s 59. Aamir Tahir’s 6 for 47 kept Ascot’s total down. Sonning reached the total for the loss of 4 wickets thanks to Bhuvan Satwah’s 84 not out. Lewis Sullivan was best bowler with 3 for 63.
This leaves the 4s in 9th place.
Fixtures for Week 13:
1s v Hurst (Away)
2s v Falkland 3 (Home)
3s v Theale & Tilehurst 2 (Home)
4s v Reading 4 (Away)