Real Week 4 – The Return of Cricksim?

The 1s were on the road to White Waltham CC. White Waltham won the toss and elected to bat first. Chris Metherell 57, Ben Scarborough 56 not out and Andrew Parham 55 helped White Waltham reach a strong 226 for 8 with skipper Mike Brown taking 3 for 55.

Ascot were in trouble at 15 for 3, but Andy Murray was in imperious form. With good support from Adam Smith 31, Billy Baker 37 and Gareth Baker 15 not out, Murray scored 109 not out off 104 balls including 12 fours and 3 sixes to see Ascot home by 5 wickets with 1 over remaining.

Purley-on-Thames 2s were the visitors to the Racecourse Ground, and on winning the toss elected to bat first. Purley-on-Thames had Chris Priestley to thank as the innings was built around his 86, as they reached 182 all out off 39.1 overs. Jez Wing was the pick of the Ascot bowlers with 3 for 26 including one wicket televised on ITV!

A strong start by Rob Handley and Gary Clarke both scoring 36 set the foundation for a successful run chase as Jez Wing 53 not out and Jason Carr 23 not out saw the 2s home by 7 wickets and 21 deliveries.

At Locks Ride, Maidenhead & Bray 3 were the visitors and they elected to bat first on winning the toss. The innings was built around keeper Kapil Jain’s 40 as Maidenhead & Bray were all out for 108 with 10 overs remaining. Tom Dummigan was the pick of the Ascot bowlers with 3 for 32.

At 76 for 2 and even 80 for 3, Ascot looked comfortable but Harish Thakkanawar’s 4 for 9 had the game in the balance. In the end Jacob Parry 19 not out and Richard Wyatt 9 not out saw Ascot home by 3 wickets with just over 5 overs remaining.

The 4s were on the road at Newbury 3s and were put into bat on losing the toss. Steve Bowles was the star of the day with 126 retired not out seeing Ascot make an imposing 269 for 8.

It was a comprehensive win in the end for Ascot as Newbury were 105 all out. Skipper Naeem taking the bowling honours with 3 for 22.

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