Real Week 8 – Nailbiters

This week saw all four matches go down to the wire. The 1s had a top of the table match against Windsor 1s at the Racecourse Ground. Windsor won the toss and elected to bat first.

Chris Dixon and Dean Allen-Turner put on a solid start with a 48 partnership before Dixon was out lbw to Mike Brown. Sam Jordan soon followed for 10 and there was a wobble as Windsor went from 70 for 1 to 98 for 5 as Dean Allen-Turner was bowled for 39.

However, the late middle-order put on a great recovery built around skipper Mark Lines 47 off 38 deliveries to help Windsor reach a good score of 210 for 8 off 40 overs.

Ascot lost Harry Watson early but Joshua Jayasingh and Gareth Baker put on 53 for the second wicket. However, Ascot then fell from 72 for 1 to 76 for 3. Andy Murray 48 and Adam Smith 33 helped Ascot recover to 160 for 3. Two more quick wickets then saw the run rate above 6 an over but an unbeaten 36 partnership between Billy Baker 26 not out and Will Ellison 15 not out saw Ascot win by 4 wickets with 10 balls remaining.

The 2s were on the road at North Maidenhead 2s. Ascot won the toss and elected to bowl first. North Maidenhead were grateful for opener Faheem Abbas top scoring with 61 as they made 155 all out. Andy Wiggett was the pick of the Ascot bowlers with 4 for 11.

Ascot also found runs difficult to come by and the match was in the balance at 111 for 5 when Ascot lost top scorer James Docker for 42. Despite that Ascot were still in with a chance at 149 for 8 but Faheem Abbas bowled out the tail with 3 for 32 and with Parvez Akhtar’s 4 for 22 saw North Maidenhead home by 6 runs with 8 deliveries left.

The 3s were the visitors at Kidmore End 2s and were put into bat by the opposition. Again runs were difficult to come by and the highest partnership was a 6th wicket stand of 30 between Ishaan Banerjee 26 and Tom Bullett 21 as Ascot were all out for 122 with 1 over remaining. Oliver Corbett took 3 for 27 for Kidmore End 2.

However, Kidmore End also struggled and at 88 for 8 the game seemed to be heading Ascot’s way but then Callum Driscoll 20 not out and Oliver Corbett took them to within a run of victory when Corbett was caught behind for 17.

A nerve wracking end as there was a close chance that nearly tied the game but in the Kidmore End scraped through by 1 wicket. Tim Howson 3 for 21 and Naeem Mohammad 3 for 13 were the pick of the Ascot bowlers.

Finally, the 4s were meant to play Ickenham 5s at home – but with no ground available, Ickenham kindly hosted the match for us and we owe them a big thank you for getting the game on for us. The 4s won the toss and elected to bat first.

Ascot made a good 180 for 6 off 40 overs with Simon Hubbard making his first 50 for the club and Steve Bowles made 32.

It was another nailbiter as Dhanender Webhra 48 and Chris Lawton 47 brought Ickenham close to the win but Ascot held on to win by 5 runs.

A great weekend of cricket and such a shame that the season is ending too soon!

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