Thankfully the good weather returned and Sulhamstead & Ufton 1s were the visitors to the Racecourse Ground. On winning the toss they elected to bat first.
Some good bowling and fielding from the Ascot 1s reduced Sulhamstead & Ufton to 81 for 8, but the last two wickets built around an innings of 36 from Matthew Gill produced an additional 63 runs and got them to a respectable 144 all out in 33.1 overs.
This time around Sulhamstead & Ufton produced a good bowling and fielding display and had Ascot at 18 for 4 and 43 for 6. Despite the lower middle order and tail wagging with Samm Daniel top scorer with 22, the 1s fell short by 19 runs and Charlie Baker taking the bowling honours with 3 for 29.
The 2s were on the road at Binfield 2s. Binfield won the toss and elected to field first. The openers fell quickly for Ascot but with a fast outfield, Ascot’s innings was built around a great knock by Jez Wing who was unbeaten on 82 after 40 overs. He was supported by Ben Smith-Bannister 28, Ben Clark 25 and Jason Carr 22 to see Ascot reach 197 for 7.
Binfield lost the top order quickly but Dan Humphrey 42 and Sam Negus 56 looked to have Binfield back on track. However, with the run rate reaching just over 6 an over, scoreboard pressure began to tell and when they departed the run rate increased until the last wicket pair need 12 off the final over. But Jez Wing bowled Peter Henly first ball to see Ascot win by 11 runs.
The 3s were also on the road to Binfield 3s at White Waltham CC. Binfield won the toss and elected to bat first. Binfield built an impressive total of 226 for 4 with Paul Bray 67 not out, James Wright 54 not out and Sebastian Atkins 52 the main contributors.
In reply, Ascot made a good attempt at the chase with Martin Kay 65 and Tom Clarke 44 leading the race but James Wright with 4 for 30 saw Binfield take the honours with a 14 run win.
At Locks Ride, the 4s entertained Yateley 2s. Yateley won the toss and elected to bat first. Yateley were reliant on some late order runs with No.9 Ishmail Akhtar top scoring with 39 not out to see Yateley reach a respectable 146 all out off 36.4 overs. Richard Ellison was the pick of the Ascot bowlers with an impressive 5 for 39.
In response Ascot knocked off the runs in 23.2 overs with 5 wickets in hand. Despite Yateley’s Vinay Mathew taking 3 for 17, with Tom Bird 47 and Mark Wiggett 25 not out, Ascot made good work for the win