So back to the old format for the 1s, 2s and 3s.
The 1s were on the road at Wargrave 1s under the captaincy of Nick Sweetman as Jack Kendall decided to go on holiday and get engaged. He’ll probably get married in the summer as well – the lack of commitment from younger players these days! There is nothing wrong with a November wedding!
Wargrave won the toss and elected to bat first on a good track. All the top order got good starts and then got out but the backbone of the innings was built on a fourth wicket partnership of 68 between captain Michael Cowdell 39 and an excellent 76 not out from Neal Robinson.
With some good lower contributions Wargrave made 238 for 7 off 52 overs. The pick of the bowlers for Ascot was a very economical Andy Murray with 3 for 61.
The 1s were held together by an excellent 115 from James Wensley, who fell in the last over looking for an extra batting point. Unfortunately the rest of the batting line up could not support Wensley and the 1s held out for a draw on 178 for 7 off 48 overs. Jack Clark finished with 4 for 47 for Wargrave.
On Saturday the 1s face High Wycombe 2s.
The 2s were at home to Newbury 1s, winning the toss and elected to bat first. But with tight bowling from Trystian Williams 3 for 16 and Charlie Anstey 3 for 47, the 2s made a below par 120 all out off 47.4 overs. Ben Clark 34 not out and Jason Carr 31 the main contributors for the 2s.
In the end, Newbury knocked off the runs for 3 wickets in 33.2 overs. Neil Farrow 38 not out and Rohit Sengupta 35 not out seeing Newbury home.
The 2s are on the road Saturday to White Waltham 1s.
The 3s were on the road to Yateley 2s. Yateley won the toss and elected to bat. On a good wicket and fast outfield they put on 285 for 8 declared in 47.5 overs. Contributions came from most of the batting line-up including Gerhard Pienaar 68, Scott Gore 53, John Muir 43 and Upkar Shishodia 35.
Naeem Mohammad was the best 3s bowler with 4 for 92.
The 3s got off to a bad start with Gary Clarke run out without facing a ball. In the end, the run rate was too much for the 3s but a great 84 from Ralph Weeks helped them to a draw albeit with 9 wickets down for 183 off 52 overs.
The 3s are at home to Eversley 3s on Saturday.
The 4s were at home to top of the table Hayes 3s. To put into context the Hayes innings, the conversation between the skipper John Dunnet and myself were as follows:
John: “So they batted first and they were 80 for 0 off 10 overs”
Me: “And then they started to accelerate?”
Hayes 3s put on 375 for 8 off 40 overs. Openers Amin Muyassur 89 and Luke Manlow 88 top scored for Hayes. Austra Franklyn took 4 for 85 on debut for the 4s.
In response the 4s put on a credible batting display in normal circumstances with 211 for 6 off 40 overs. John Dunnet 70 and Bill Munday 50 top scoring for Ascot.
On Saturday the 4s are away to Boyne Hill 4s.