First of all, a quick round up of Colts news. Congratulations to the Under 10s who beat Chobham by 208 runs to make it 8 out of 8 wins and top the West Surrey League North Division. They will now go into the semi-final league championship play-offs. Details to be announced when available.
The Under 15s had a good win against Slough winning by 7 wickets.
We’ll give a full run down at the end of the month when all the leagues have finished.
The 1s went to Sonning as they looked to build on their win last week against the league leaders. Sonning won the toss and elected to bat first. Sonning started well with a good opening partnership between Peter Dean 63 and Duncan Parr 25.
But the introduction of Andy Murray and then club legend Kevin “Kevinator” May turned the match on its head. In a devastating spell that included both openers the baby-faced assassin took 6 mesmerising wickets for 39 runs in 15 spellbinding overs. At the other end Andy Murray bowled tightly to finish with 19.5 overs, 7 maidens, 3 for 41, as Sonning finished 140 all out in the 46th over.
In the end, openers Andy Murray 86 not out and James Gamble 48 not out made the run chase look comfortable to earn the 25 points and a 10 wicket win.
The 1s are at home this week and face 8th placed Yateley.
The 2s were at home to Eversley 2s and won the toss electing to field first. Many of the Eversley batsmen got themselves in but then got out so the top scorer was Matthew Salter with 39 but they all made a contribution to reach 204 all out in the 44th over with Mike Wyatt the pick of the Ascot bowlers with 3 for 49.
But Ascot were never at the races as only Neal Feely 24 and George Payne 23 reached double figures and were rolled over for 79 all out. Ru Whelan was the pick of the Eversley bowlers with 5 for 5.
The 2s are away this week as they visit 5th placed Teddington Town.
The 3s were away to Hurst 2s. Hurst won the toss and elected to bat. Strong contributions from Kelvin Baillie 56, Tom Hibbs 65 and Jake White 47 saw Hurst reach an imposing 265 for 9 in 51 overs declared.
There was a significant delay in Ascot’s innings as the wicket keeper needed treatment after the ball hit him in the face. After running repairs the match continued but Ascot were unable to make the chase and despite 35 from Saria Muhammad and a valiant last wicket stand to try and hold for the draw, lost by 105 runs with 7 balls remaining. Jake White tool 6 for 32 and Ian Harvey 4 for 23.
The 3s travel to 9th placed Yateley 3s this week.
The 4s were at home to Bagshot 3 and elected to bat after winning the toss. John Dunnet 48 and Martin Kay 44 put Ascot in a good position but the innings faded away as Ascot reached 185 for 8 in 45 overs. Iain Hedley took 4 for 47 for the Baggies.
In reply, despite the early wicket of Paul Kelly, Bagshot took control of the run chase and father and son combination Richard Rowlett 52 not out and Jack Rowlett 53 helped Bagshot to a 6 wicket victory.
The 4s are at home again to 5th placed visitors Hayes 4.
Apart from the 1s, the other teams need to pull out some performances for the rest of the season especially with the league restructure coming up for the 2018 season.