Week 3 – How did we get any cricket in?

May continues to bring down rain of biblical proportions and yet despite the elements we are still getting some cricket on!

On Sunday we were pleased to see U11 Girls from Finchampstead, Sonning and Binfield take part in the Cricket Festival at the Racecourse Ground. For many it was their first tournament and despite the bitter conditions, there was some great cricket and it is great to see the Girls game thriving at so many clubs. We must all continue to promote and engage.

On Saturday, the 1s did fall victim to the weather as the match at Sonning was cancelled.

2s v Slough 4

However, at the Racecourse Ground, the 2s match started on time, and skipper Jason Carr won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Slough started off well, and were well set at 82 for 2 with Puneet Chopra scoring another boundary to reach a well deserved 50.

But next delivery he was clean bowled by Jason Carr and what followed was a procession of wickets. 82 for 2 became 95 all out with Carr 4 for 17 and Andrew Wiggett 4 for 34 responsible for the damage.

Slough struck early with the wicket of Deep Mohain but Gary Clarke (13) and Michael Breet (29) steadied the ship. 47 for 1 became 64 for 4 giving Slough some hope but a partnership between Matt Hurdwell (19) and Ben Speller (15) took Ascot to the brink before both falling.

The match ended on a rather appropriate “damp” note with a wide but Ascot opened their account with a 4 wickets win.

3s v Binfield 3

Binfield were the visitors at Locks Ride. Having won the toss, skipper Naeem took the bold decision in the conditions to bat first.

In difficult conditions, this didn’t look a great decision, with Rob Bennett heading back after the first ball of the match jumped off of a length, taking his glove on the way through to the keeper.

Dirk Benneyworth and Steve Bowles steadied the ship, but runs were very hard to come by. Having got through 20 overs without further losses, Binfield changed approach, bowling spin from both ends and it paid dividends, with a flurry of wickets falling.

Bowles fell for 42, Benneyworth for 16 and although the run rate was upped there was a constant stream of wickets, with only James Stock steadying the innings.

Eventually, Owen Bowles joined James and with a more refrained approach they took the score towards 150. Eventually, James fell to a good catch for 26 and Owen fell for 23 off the penultimate ball of the 40 overs. The final total of 153 for 8, in the conditions was felt to be very challenging.

Unfortunately, the heavy rain came and with only 1 over being bowled of Binfield’s innings the match was abandoned.

4s v Kew 4

The 4s ventured to south-west London for a match against Kew 4s. The home side won the toss and elected to bat first. Saria Muhammed (2 for 25) and Richard Ellison (1 for 14) made early in roads but Kew rebuilt with a good 4th wicket partnership between Charlie Sims (34) and Ram Trichur (28), but their departure saw Kew bowled out for 125 in 39 overs. Amit Singh taking 3 for 2 for Ascot.

The innings didn’t start well for Ascot as a collision saw John Dunnet run out and taken away in an ambulance! A broken collar bone the diagnosis.

However, his opening partner, Dan Corsini made 53 and with contributions from the middle order won by 5 wickets with 18 overs remaining. Ram Trichur, the best of the Kew bowlers with 3 for 16.

The 4s are now in a tie for second place with 5 other teams on 36 points.

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