Week 5 – Parker barters a century and Dunnett

More about the most obscure headline of the season – suffice to say that it was difficult to pick out one individual performance!

The colts season is now in full swing. At the younger end of the age groups we now have 39 youngsters enjoying their All Stars Cricket sessions on Thursday evenings. There will be an article next week as we have a special guest joining us this Thursday.

The Under 8 Tigers lost to Windsor in their second match in the West Surrey League.

The Under 9s played their first match in the West Surrey League and beat Esher. The Under 10s were conceded their second match in West Surrey to make it 2 wins from 2.

The Under 11s beat Hurst by 7 wickets in the Berkshire League and the Under 12s just lost by 7 runs in a close game against Frimley.

In the Thames Valley Cricket League the 1s travelled to Hurst for a top of the table clash in Division 2b. In the last 50 over match before the switch to 100 over matches, Hurst won the toss and elected to field.

Andy English got the innings off to a great start with 56 from 51 balls including 9 fours and 1 six. Jack Kendall contributed 31 before both of them fell on 115 for the loss of 3 wickets.

The main contribution came from Ollie Dunnett – with 95 from 84 deliveries including 15 fours and 2 sixes. With support from Andy Murray 24 and Nick Wiggett 20 not out, Ascot reached an imposing 315 for 8 off 50 overs – helped by 64 extras.

The Hurst innings failed to gain momentum and despite a top score of 30 from Oliver Lovegrove they fell for 144 all out in the 44th over. Mike Brown 3 for 27 and Kevin May 3 for 43 were the main wicket takers.

The 1s are on the road again visiting seventh placed Thatcham Town.

The 2s were at home to the leaders NPL. NPL won the toss and elected to field. Ascot’s total was dominated by Murray Barter, who carried his bat through the innings for a frustrating 99 not out as a mix-up led to a run-out for the final wicket. But their score of 147 all out looked well under par on a good wicket. Simon Rowe was chief destroyer with 4 for 44.

NPL came out with all guns blazing and showed why they were leading the division by knocking off the total in the 21st over for the loss of only 4 wickets. Tom Gallyer 48, Charlie Farrant 43 not out and James Churchman 39 helping them to a convincing win.

The 2s stay at home as Bagshot 2s are the visitors.

The 3s were at home to Finchampstead 4s. It was an early finish as Finchampstead demolished the 3s – first by rolling them out for 71, with Steve West the chief bowling architect with figures of 5 for 33. Finch reached the total for the loss of only 1 wicket as Richard Reed 39 not out and Jamie Brown 21 not out saw them home in 13 overs.

The 3s go on the road to fifth placed Farnham Common 2s.

The 4s were the visitors at Finchampstead 5s and were asked to bat after losing the toss. A high scoring ground saw Ascot reach 250 all out in the final over with Dan Parker making a great 101 and Harry Thomason with 43 help build a good total. Cameron Ellis was the best bowler with impressive figures of 4 for 47.

Finchampstead kept up with the run chase helped by an imposing opening stand from Doug Scholes 89 and Simon Eldridge 77. Wickets then fell regularly but Finchampstead kept going for the win and sealed it with a 6 in the last over with 8 wickets down.

The 4s this week will be visiting Windsor 4s.

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