Week 8 – Hit Me With Your Best (Alder)Shot

The 1s were on the road at Aldershot. Ascot won the toss and elected to bat first. Despite the loss of Gamble and Kendall early, the middle order of Nick Sweetman 46, Jez Hare 44 and Andy Murray 56 helped Ascot reach a good total of 233 all out off 49.4 overs – giving Aldershot an extra two overs.

May and Hare opened with the old ball and Hare was rewarded with the two wickets of Mushtaq and Abbas.

However, Rory Collins held firm while wickets fell at the other end until he finally fell for 80. But Aldershot held on for the draw reaching 202 for 8 off 50 overs.

The 1s are at home to Thatcham Town this week

The 2s hosted Bagshot 2s at Locks Ride. Bagshot won the toss and elected to bat. Despite good spells from Elliot Coggins with 3 for 57 and Jason Carr with 2 for 57, and Ben Clark chipping in with 2 for 6, the Baggies built a very respectable 246 for 8 with contributions from Dan Sutton 62, Mark Dawson 48 and Stuart Derry 42.

The 2s in response could not keep up with the run rate and despite 79 from Gary Clarke subsided to 170 all out with 10 overs remaining. Amol Veer took 4 for 7 and Derek Budd 3 for 20.

The 2s are visitors to second placed Sulhamstead & Ufton.

The 3s were the visitors to newcomers Sulhamstead & Ufton 2. On winning the toss, Ascot batted first on a good track and fast outfield. But their batting let them down and with Dirk Benneyworth top scoring on 28, the 3s reached a below par 136 all out in 41.5 overs.

Sully then looked to get the total as quickly as possible and despite the loss of Burrows and Davies making them 26 for 2, Dave Langford’s knock of 76 not out saw the home side win comfortably by 7 wickets.

The 3s are at home to Newbury 2 this week.

The 4s had to play their home match against Bagshot 3s at Yateley because of Royal Ascot.  The 4s won the toss and fielded but that was the only thing they won as they were then hit to all parts by Matthew Funnell 137 not out, Richard Rowlett 59 and Paul Broome 51 not out as they made 277 for 1 off 40 overs.

The 4s were all out for 117 with Naeem top scoring with 28 and Will Gardiner taking 3 for 13.

The 4s are on the road at Bradfield 2.

Last night, Ascot played a T20 Cup semi-final against Reading in the Bracknell Mid Week League. Reading made an entertaining 184 for 5 and Ascot has their chances but lost wickets and momentum at the wrong times to finish short on 165 for 6.

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