On Saturday morning, we received the sad news that club stalwart, Ian “Pamps” Pamphilon had passed away. Ian had been battling with illness for several years but his love of cricket and the club meant that he would endeavour to umpire, score or support as much as possible.
A full tribute will be posted later but he will be sorely missed by all who knew him at the club.
It was another busy week for the colts with matches coming thick and fast. The Under 13s were knocked out of the Berkshire Cup by a strong Finchampstead side, but followed up with a good win against Shinfield scoring 106 for 8 before bowling Shinfield out for 77.
In tough conditions, the Under 12s posted a good win scoring 104 for 8 against East Molesey’s 87 for 9.
The Under 9 Lions had a good win against Woking & Horsell and the Under 10s beat Chobham.
The Under 14s lost a tight game by 5 runs against Slough and the Girls started their season with some good performances at the Finchampstead Under 12 Festival.
The 1s were on the road at Aldershot and were put into bat. Conditions were difficult and Ascot were soon in trouble at 9 for 3. Sweetman 20 and Dunnett 19 started the recovery but the innings was built around Andy Murray’s 52 not out.
But wickets fell quickly at the end and Ascot were 138 all out in 38.2 overs, with Tom Varney taking 3 for 35.
Ascot struck back with some great bowling and fielding and had the upper hand with Aldershot 57 for 7, with Christo Arundel taking 3 for 48. But overseas player Nicholas Biscontin swiftly stole the initiative with 54 not out in an unbeaten stand of 80 as Aldershot won by 3 wickets and with over 23 overs left.
This week the 1s are at home to fifth placed Finchampstead 2s.
The 2s had the reverse fixture and were at home to Aldershot 2s. Aldershot won the toss and elected to bat first. Ascot struck early through Mike Wyatt and James Summers but the middle and lower order through Andrew Taylor 25, Ben Harris 46 and Andrew Summers 44 saw Aldershot reach a respectable 189 all out off 43 overs.
Jason Carr 3 for 16 and Mike Wyatt 3 for 22 were the pick of the Ascot bowlers.
In reply, Jeremy Wing provided the impetus to Ascot’s innings with 65 but as Ascot fell behind the run rate they started to lose wickets.
In the end Ascot fell 5 runs short with 2 deliveries remaining – bowled out for 184. Ella Chandler was the pick of the bowlers with for 4 for 30.
The 2s are visitors to fourth placed Boyne Hill 3s this Saturday.
The 3s were at Yateley and were put into bat first. The match was rain affected and after 45 overs, Ascot made 174 for 8 with Ralph Weeks top scoring with 62. Yateley had a revised target of 152 off 35 overs.
In the end Yateley made the target easily for the loss of 5 wickets with just under 10 overs remaining. Devan Sharma top scored with 54.
The 3s are on the road again at bottom of the table Newbury 2s.
The 4s were at home to Eversley 3. Eversley won the toss and elected to bat first. Contributions from all the batting order saw them reach 232 for 9 off 40 overs with Bill Burnett 52, Matthew Salter 41 and Stuart Tidbury 28 not out. Naeem was the pick of the Ascot bowlers with 3 for 43.
In the end, Eversley won convincingly as Ascot were bowled out for 93 in 29 overs. Billy Baker top scored with 36 and Stuart Tidbury led with the ball with 3 for 12.
The 4s are home again this week at third placed Bradfield 2.