Week 18 – The Long and Winding Road

The last league weekend – with the fate of all four teams decided.

The 1s and 3s were away and playing on adjacent grounds against their respective Aldershot teams.

The 1s won the toss and batted first. It was a case of many batsmen getting starts but no one going on to get the big innings as Nick Sweetman 27, Gareth Baker 37, Andy Murray 30 and then Elliot Coggins 17 not out and Mike Brown 16 not out helping the side reach 189 for 7 off 50 overs.

However, it was never enough as Faisal Abbas teed off and scored a dominant 116 not out to see Aldershot home by 7 wickets with 15 overs to spare.

On the other ground Aldershot 3s won the toss and elected to bat first. Ascot toiled away in the field as Aldershot scored an imposing 227 for 6 off 51 overs declared. There were contributions all down the order with Garry Dates 33, John Summersby 49, Paul Munro 34 and James Ferguson 36. Tom Dummigan was the pick of the Ascot bowlers with 4 for 68.

The Ascot run chase started badly with the early loss of Richard Baker but then young guns Shagnik Banerjee 46 and Dan Mallett 49 put on 108 for the second wicket to keep Ascot up with the run rate.

Martin Kay 25 and Satpal Singh Madhan 30 then kept Ascot in with the chase and Matt “The Finisher” Dalton and Tom Dummigan helped Ascot over the line for an impressive 4 wicket win to end the season on a high note and also ensure that we didn’t finish bottom of the table.

The 2s finished the season at home to High Wycombe 3s. High Wycombe elected to bat first and looked in trouble at 90 for 7 with Saeed Ahmed taking 4 for 41. But an unbeaten 100+ stand for the eight wicket with Shaun Coker 105 not out and Matt Walker 25 not out saw High Wycombe reach 242 for 7 off 52 overs.

Despite good knocks from Murray Barter 52, Rob Handley 40 and Jeremy Wing 30, Ascot had to battle for the draw and ended up on 170 for 8 off 48 overs with 4 for 34 from Michael Burden. The 2s finished in 5th place.

The 4s were at home to league champions Theale & Tilehurst 3s. The league champions won the toss and batted first. Thanks to 106 not out from opener Khadim Aslam, Theale & Tilehurst made 217 for 4 off 47 overs.

Although Chris Harding top scored with 47, the 4s were unable to keep up and eventually fell for 139 all out in 38.3 overs. However, they still finished in an impressive 3rd position.

So despite the 3rd XI being relegated – it has been a good season for the club. Look out for the Review of the Season later this month.

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