Real Week 7 – The Game Must Go On

The 1s were the visitors at Taplow 1s. Skipper Mike Brown won the toss and Ascot elected to bowl first. Taplow were soon in trouble at 26 for 4 as Mike Brown took 3 for 19. Taplow were indebted to a 5th wicket partnership between skipper Yasir Khawaja 40 and Muhammad Ali 19 but when Ali fell on 81, Taplow subsided to 104 all out with Harry Watson picking up 3 for 17.

In the end, Ascot won at a canter guided by Joshua Jayasingh’s 47 not out to see an 8 wicket victory with more than 12 overs remaining.

The 2s were at home with Bracknell 1s the visitors. Bracknell won the toss and elected to bowl first. Batting was difficult in overcast conditions and Bracknell’s bowlers kept the runs down with Phil Stone 3 for 20, Meganathan Kanagaraj 2 for 13 and Nisarg Patel 2 for 20 saw Ascot reach 132 for 9 off 40 overs. Ben Smith-Bannister top scored with 35.

But Bracknell also found runs difficult. One player though, Adam Kite was batting on a another level and while he remained at the crease the win was still possible. Andy Wiggett 3 for 24 and Aarav Radhakrishnan 3 for 40 kept Bracknell in check and when Kite finally fell for 59 to Jez Wing (3 for 1) then the game looked lost.

A brief rain interruption saw the innings reduced to 37 overs and a target of 123, but Bracknell lost their final wicket on 103 as Ascot won by 19 runs.

The 3s were at Locks Ride with Bradfield 2s the visitors. Bradfield won the toss and elected to bowl first. Ascot started brightly with Jacob Parry 20 and Dan Mallett 18 but after that Ascot slumped and were all out for 88. Siddarth Subramaniam 3 for 11 and Josh Castle 3 for 13 doing the damage.

Ben Hardy with 39 not out helped Bradfield to an 8 wicket victory with more than 14 overs remaining.

The 4s visited Fleet 3s and elected to bat on winning the toss. The 4s reached an impressive 209 for 7 off 40 overs thanks to Steve Bowles 68 not out, Richard Baker 35 and James Docker 28. Mark Manley was the pick of the Fleet bowlers with 3 for 28.

Despite a fine 51 by Archie Pope, Fleet were unable to make a challenge in the run chase and were all out for 134. Owen Bowles 3 for 26 and Harry Johnson 3 for 27 helped Ascot to a 75 run victory.

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