Week 16 – A Tale of Two Dunnetts

The 1s were the visitors at High Wycombe 2s in the next round of 50 over Win / Lose matches.

Ascot won the toss and put the home side into bat. John Stevens 61 and Henry Moore 45 got High Wycombe off to a great start with 126 for the opening stand. But the introduction of Andy Murray pulled the score back as his 3 for 25 stop High Wycombe slump to 149 for 6.

High Wycombe though struck back with Cameron Parsons 70 not out and Aashi Zaib 83 help them reach an imposing total of 317 for 7.

Ascot needed to be on top form to reach that total and despite 79 from Ollie Dunnett, James Wensley 60 and Nick Sweetman 35, they were always behind the run rate and finished on 224 for 9. Uzair Amjaid was the pick of the bowlers for 3 for 41.

A disappointing day at the office for the 1s but 2 points will guarantee them safety in Level 2 for next season although they host top placed Slough 2s this week.

The 2s had a crucial home game against Reading 3s. Ascot won the toss and inserted Reading which proved to be an inspired move by Ralph Weeks. Chris Priddle top scored with 30 but with only 3 other batsmen reaching double figures, Reading were bowled out for 99 in 40.1 overs as Jason Carr 3 for 18 and Mike Wyatt 3 for 22 spearheaded the Ascot attack.

The 2s then won at a comfortable rate with only 3 wickets down in 22.2 overs led by Rob Handley 40 and Dan Corsini 39.

The 2s are in fifth position but with bottom 4 being relegated this season, the 2s are only 27 points ahead of 7th placed Bagshot 2s.

This week the 2s visit 9th placed Burnham 3, who are all but relegated.

The 3s visited top of the table Sonning 2s and Sonning inserted Ascot.

The innings was dominated by two youngsters – Charlie Dunnett 82 not out and Joshua Jayasingh 39, ensuring that the 3s made a competitive 161 for 9 off 52 overs.

Sonning got off to a great start and their innings was dominated by a commanding knock from Mark Richards with 89. Once he was out, batting looked a different game and Ascot started to chip away with Saria Mohammad 3 for 30 and Charlie Dunnett 2 for 10.

But Sonning got over the line with 7 wickets down to maintain their charge for the championship.

This week the 3s host fourth placed Cove 3s with only pride at stake as they will be in Level 7 next season.

The 4s were at home to Datchet 4s – where a win would guarantee them another season in Level 8 as only the top 5 stay up.

Datchet asked Ascot to bat and the innings was topped by opener Chris Harding 75 and tailed by No.8 Rob Phillips 43 to reach a good 211 for 8 off 47 overs. Mati Shokar was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 50.

In the end, Datchet were never up with the run rate but they did look like getting a draw as they went into the final over, 9 wickets down. But Rob Phillips pulled off a great man of the man all round performance taking the final wicket and ending up with 4 for 20.

That win should ensure a top 5 position taking into account the average points position. The 4s are away to sixth placed Sonning 3 who need a win to try to make the top 5.


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