The friendlies are over and a new season starts. It is a big year for English cricket with the World Cup and The Ashes, as expectations run high!
The colts season has kicked off with a number of matches last weekend. The Under 9 Foxes beat Crowthorne by 25 runs and then followed up with a win scoring 324 for 1 against Twyford & Rushcombe’s 254 for 6.
The Under 10s had a big win against Windsor with 101 for 4 against 42 for 9.
The Under 10 Development team did well winning with 65 for 7 against Weybridge’s 28 for 11.
The Under 12s had an impressive win scoring 161 for 1 before bowling out Chobham for 88.
Saturday saw the Thames Valley League season start. The 1s had a tough opening match against Hurst. Ascot won the toss and elected to field first.
Hurst were soon in trouble at 31 for 3, but then a 4th wicket stand of 98 and a 5th wicket stand of 53 with Oliver Lovegrove 82, Christopher McCarthy 45, and Max Carroll 42 helping Hurst to a good total of 229 for 9 off 50 overs.
Charlie Dunnett was the pick of the bowlers with 5 for 53, although Ascot’s cause was not helped when they were down to 9 players as two players went off for injuries.
An opening stand of 58 by Andy English 42 and James Gamble 11 looked promising but wickets started falling and the run rate crept up and in the end was beyond the reach of Ascot, finishing on 180 all out with 3 balls remaining. Jack Kendall 37 out to a tight stumping and Nick Wiggett 21 were the only other players to reach double figures.
Lewis Smith polished off the tail with 4 for 19.
The 2s started the season at Slough 4. Ascot won the toss and elected to field. The Slough innings was built around opener Kashif Hashmi’s 72 as six other Slough batters reached 10 but didn’t get beyond 19.
Slough were bowled out for 188 with 9 deliveries remaining with Jez Wing taking the bowling honours with 7 for 36 and Jason Carr 3 for 27.
Ascot started badly and only opener Murray Barter provided resistance with 26 until he was joined by Jason Carr’s 56 not out and Dan Corsini 27. In the end Ascot failed to reach Slough’s total by 7 runs with Raj Madabushi 21 not out joining the skipper Jason Carr at the end of the run chase.
The 3s started the season at Lock Ride against Aldershot 3s. Ascot won the toss again and elected to field. Aldershot looked in control at 89 for 3 but the fall of skipper Garry Dates for 46 saw Aldershot collapse to 105 all out.
Satpal with 4 for 23 and Mike Wyatt 4 for 24 led the Ascot bowling attack.
Ascot made hard work of the run chase losing wickets at regular intervals. The loss of Deep Mohain for 38 looked crucial with a great running catch by Garry Dates of the bowling of Danny Birch who took 4 for 38.
At 79 for 6 the match was in the balance but Tom Dummigan 15 not out and Mike Wyatt 6 not out saw the 3s home by 4 wickets and 12.5 overs.
The 4s travelled to Thatcham 4s, and made it 4 out of 4 correct calls and also 4 out of 4 electing to field first calls.
Simon Lewis 59 and Liam Redmond 49 not out built a very respectable score of 190 for 5 off 40 overs. Naeem was the pick of the Ascot bowlers with 3 for 13.
In the end despite good contributions from Nino Trappani 36, Rob Bennett 36 and Mark Wiggett 23, Ascot fell short with 177 for 6 to end a disappointing first weekend for Ascot.
Week 2 sees the following fixtures:
1s v Aldershot 1 (Away)
2s v Aldershot 2 (Home)
3s v Yateley 1 (Away)
4s v Eversley 3 (Home)