Despite the best efforts of the weather – all four league teams managed to get games in on Saturday.
The 1s were at home to Hurst. But with rain about, Hurst won the toss and elected to field first. The match was reduce to a 43 / 39 overs match and Ascot lost some early wickets and found themselves at 56 for 4. James Gamble 62 and Jeremy Hare 41 helped Ascot to get to a respectable score with a 5th wicket stand of 72 but with only two other players making double figures, Ascot were 150 all out in the 41st over with Phil Higgs taking 4 for 40.
But Hurst found runs difficult as well and despite Usman Ijaz with 35, they could never keep up with the run rate required with some tight bowling from Kevin May 4 for 34 and Jeremy Hare 3 for 42. However, they comfortably batted out for the draw and finished on 125 for 7 off 41 overs.
This Saturday the 1s resume in the 50 / 50 Win Lose format at home to Thatcham Town.
The 2s were on the road to runaway leaders NPL. Rain delayed the start and NPL inserted Ascot. The match was reduced to 96 overs but Ascot found runs difficult. Murray Barter batted through the innings to make 55 not out and despite support from Rob Handley 24 and Gareth Baker 21 they ended the innings on 158 for 8.
In the end, NPL won at a canter reaching the target for one wicket in 26.2 overs. James Churchman 62 not out and Tom Gallyer 85 not out to make in 12 wins out of 14, with the other two matches abandoned!
The 2s visit Bagshot 2s this Saturday.
The 3s were visitors to Finchampstead 4s and the 3s won the toss and elected to bowl first. Gareth Biggs 37 and Chris Ward 34 helped Finchampstead to reach 145 for 7 declared in 35 overs.
Ascot were in with a chance but despite Tom Clarke 38 and Taffy Allen 20, the spin duo of Ben Cole 6 for 65 and Matt Harper 4 for 23 ensured that Ascot fell to a 26 run defeat in 31 overs.
The 3s will host Farnham Common 2s at Locks Ride this Staurday.
The 4s were at home to Finchampstead 5s. Finch won the toss and elected to field. This was to be the day for Joshua Jayasingh – one of our talented Under 13 players. He made his first ever century with an assured 101 not out and was ably supported by Chris Harding 45 and Naeem Mohammad 29 out to help Ascot reach 217 for 1 in 37 overs.
Despite the rain, the wicket was good and taking 10 wickets was going to be a tall order. At 39 for 4, Ascot were in with a chance especially with Rob Phillips 3 for 27 but in the end Finchampstead comfortably batted out for the draw with the loss of only one more wicket to finish on 137 for 5.
This week the 4s go on the road to Windsor 4s.