Week 4 – Too Hot To Handle(y)

Beaconsfield hosted the 1s in the Week 4 clash in Division 2b. Beaconsfield won the toss and elected to bat on another sunny Saturday around the Thames Valley League.

Everyone in the Beaconsfield top 4 got good starts but didn’t go on to make a big score, with Patrick Foster at 3, top scoring with a quickfire run-a-ball 46.

A seventh wicket stand of 29 by Ollie and James Rendell ensured that Beaconsfield reached a very respectable 204 all out of 48.5 overs. Ascot bowlers Andy Murray 4 for 35, Nick Wiggett 3 for 44 and Kevin May 3 for 47 doing the damage.

Captain Jack Kendall led the way for Ascot with 48 including 4 sixes and 4 fours and despite the early losses of Jack Lunghusen and the mankad of James Gamble, they were in a good position at 90 for 2.

Our middle order then collapsed and subsided to 159 all out off 43 overs, with only Will Ellison 24 troubling the Beaconsfield bowlers led by Harry Stephens 3 for 27 and Patrick Foster 3 for 41 supported by some great fielding.

Next Saturday, the 1s have no fixture due to the late withdrawal of Yateley 1s from the Division 2b.

So the 2s came into Week 4 needing a good result against high-flying Theale & Tilehurst 1s at the Racecourse Ground. Theale & Tilehurst won the toss and elected to bat first.

From the start, Theale & Tilehurst were up against it and soon found themselves in trouble at 48 for 5 as the 2s took control with Elliot Coggins 3 for 33 doing most of the damage.

It required a good 55 from Jack Springgay to get Theale & Tilehurst to a respectable score as they finished on 138 all out but off only 28.3 overs. Jason Carr doing the rest of the damage for the 2s with 3 for 27.

Early in the 2s innings, Murray Barter had to retire hurt and Jez Wing was out for a duck but the ever-dependable skipper Rob Handley steadied the run chase with 46, and he fell just reaching their total leaving Jason Carr 17 not out and Elliot Coggins 3 not out to see the 2s home by 6 wickets for a first league win.

League leaders Binfield are the next opponents for the 2s as they go on the road for the final round  of Win/Lose matches for a few weeks.

Debutants in the Thames Vallley League, White Waltham 2s were the hosts to the 3s in this Division 7a clash. White Waltham won the toss and elected to field.

Calamity struck in the first over when the 3s lost Dan Mallett for a duck and the other opener Gary Clarke retired hurt. Several batsmen made good starts but Dirk Benneyworth held the innings together with 72 and Ben Clark helped the 3s make a decent total of 203 for 6 off 45 overs. Jeff Brooker being the best of the White Waltham bowlers with 3 for 34.

Having been calm throughout the 3s innings the wind picked up during White Waltham’s innings making bowling into the wind from the bottom end very difficult. Openers Andrew Parham 31 and Max Ring 35 moved White Waltham quickly onto 69.

Eventually the 3s made the breakthrough with Tom Dummigan taking a good catch to get Parham and Ring quickly followed to Satpal. However, Muhammed Nasir kept the momentum going and made a quickfire 74 not out to see White Waltham home by 6 wickets and 12 overs to spare.

A winless 3s team entertain another debutant team, Kidmore End 2s at the Racecourse Ground.

The 4s were looking to keep up their good start for the season at Locks Ride against Thatcham Town 3s. Thatcham won the toss and elected to bat first.

Straight away Thatcham put the 4s bowling attack to the sword with Joe Harwood 93 and Alec Davidson-Soler 70 putting on 167 for the first wicket. In the end, Thatcham finished on a very competitive 273 for 4 off 40 overs.

The 4s couldn’t keep up with the run rate and wickets fell at regular intervals. They were eventually bowled out for 174 with 2 balls remaining. Rob Phillips top scoring with 35 and Matthew Cox took 3 for 53.

On Saturday, the 4s are on the road to second placed Wargrave 3s.

Momentum was key for the midweek T20 team as they continued their league programme with their first home match against Farley Hill. Farley Hill were soon in trouble at 9 for 4 with Jacob Parry 2 for 30 and Rob Phillips 3 for 21 doing the damage.

Scott Wilsher rescued the innings with 66 not out to help Farley Hill reach 146 for 6.

Jack Kendall made a quickfire 27 and Jack Lunghusen 54 not out helped Ascot to record their second win of the competition with 5 wickets and 17 deliveries remaining.

The midweek team have a Quarter-Final Cup fixture this Tuesday away at Sandhurst.


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