Finally, in Week 3 all four teams were able to complete matches. The 1s were at home to Finchampstead 2s. Finchampstead won the toss and elected to bat first.
Matthew Eldridge 54 and Tommie Predgen 64 with a second wicket partnership of 94 for the second wicket saw Finch build a strong total of 228 for 7 off 50 overs. Andy Murray with 10 overs for only 29 runs and Nick Wiggett with 3 for 42 were the pick of the bowlers for Ascot.
The run chase started badly with Jack Lunghusen out for a duck, but the innings was put back on track by a 103 run partnership for the fourth wicket by Andy Murray 69 and Joshua Jayasingh 35.
But 154 for 3 for Ascot became 192 for 7 and all results were on. Elliot Coggins and Nick Wiggett got the score to 211 before Coggins departed and the score was on 222 when MIke Brown departed leaving Kevin May to join Nick Wiggett for the last wicket.
The final over saw Ascot needing 6 runs to win. It then came down to 2 runs off the final ball with Kevin May facing. He hit the ball towards mid-wicket and they scrambled the final 2 runs to win off the last ball.
A great win in the circumstances which leaves them in 2nd place. On Saturday they will visit third place Beaconsfield.
The 2s were away to Reading 2s. Ascot won the toss and batted first. Tight bowling meant that Ascot struggled to get to a competitive score and finished on 165 for 8 off 45 overs. Skipper Rob Handley with 45 and Jem Bains 28 top scored.
Reading’s Khurram Mahmood ensured that they reached the total with 20 overs to spare and the loss of 5 wickets, hitting 88 not out including 10 fours and 4 sixes.
The 2s are in 9th place and are on the road to 3rd place Theale & Tilehurst this Saturday.
The 3s managed their first full game on Saturday against Fleet 2s. Winning the toss, Ascot opted to bat first and reached a respectable 209 for 6 off 45 overs thanks to an unbeaten century from Deep Mohain.
However, in reply Fleet 2 made the total with 33 balls and 7 wickets in hand thanks to a third wicket partnership from Steve Merker 70 and James Price 106 not out.
The 3s are in 9th place and are on the road to 2nd place White Waltham 2s this Saturday.
The 4s were the visitors to Datchet 4s – although the game had to be moved to North Maidenhead due to the Royal Wedding. Ascot won the toss and elected to field. Ascot had some early success with Datchet at 64 for 4 but then Richard Gostelow 80 and Tanveer Bhatti 41 helped them to a competitive 210 for 7 off 40 overs.
Ascot kept up with the run rate thanks to Mark Wiggett’s 38, and looked in control when Richard Wyatt 50 and Satpal Singh Madhan 33 were at the crease. But 147 for 4 became 201 for 9 with skipper Chris Thomason and keeper Oscar Keysell at the crease. In the end they put on the 10 runs needed to win the match with 3 overs to spare. Rana Ali nearly spoiled the show for Ascot with a great spell of 5 for 37.
2nd place Ascot are at home this Saturday to 5th place Thatcham Town 3s.