Another full week of fixtures, let’s the hope the deluges forecast for the end of the week don’t cause an issue to Week 7! This week saw the start of the 52/48 format for the 1s and 2s.
1s v Boyne Hill 2
Boyne Hill were the visitors at the Racecourse Ground, and elected to bat on winning the toss. Nick Wiggett (3 for 30) made the early breakthrough with the wickets of Adam Tooze and Don Pike. But a third wicket partnership of 57 between Najib Khan (40) and William Neal (33) saw Boyne Hill back on course.
But when they both went, while several players got into double figures, no one else scored more than 24 and Boyne Hill finished on 179 all out after 48.1 overs. Tharindu Denipitiyage taking 3 for 26.
A tight opening spell saw Adam Smith go for 4 but Harry Watson (25) and Mike Breet (63) helped Ascot restore order with a 69 run partnership.
Ascot saw a mini-collapse when Breet went as from 122 for 2, they stumbled to 138 for 6 including a superb catch by William Neal to remove Tom Walsingham. But an unbeaten partnership between Andy Murray (42 not out) and Tharindu (19 not out) saw Ascot over the line with 4 wickets and 5 balls to spare.
2s v Bradfield
The 2s were on the road at Bradfield looking for a morale boosting win after 2 defeats. Bradfield elected to bat first on winning the toss, but that was about as good as it was to get for them. Aarav Radhakrishnan (3 for 14) and Tim Howson (2 for 32) put the brakes on early for Ascot. The main resistance came from Jon Stebbings (29), but with Jason Carr bowling him, Carr then ran through the rest of batting line-up to take 5 for 15 with Bradfield 89 all out in 36.4 overs.
The opening pair of Dan Corsini (49 not out) and Gary Clarke (29 not out) saw the 2s to a comprehensive 10 wicket win with 43 overs remaining.
3s v Wokingham 4
Wokingham 4 visited Locks Ride and elected to bowl first. Jamie Cable did the damage for Wokingham with 5 for 25 as Ascot were skittled out for 106 in 29.1 overs. Opener James Stock top scored for the 3s with 37.
With the wicket of Ranjeet Sidhu (31), the 3s had a sniff of a chance as Wokingham were 66 for 4, but despite the best efforts of skipper Naeem taking two wickets, Matthew Taylor (31 not out) saw the visitors home by 4 wickets and 16.1 overs.
4s v Yateley 2
Yateley hosted the 4s and duly won the toss and elected to bat first. Top order contributions from Simon Neilson (36), Asim Kayani (25) and Anthony Mcgowan (21) looked to set Yateley on to a big score, but Steve Bowles 4 for 12, held Yateley to 159 for 9 off 40 overs.
The 4s lost two wickets early on but Deep Mohain (37) and Steve Bowles saw Ascot back on course with a strong third wicket partnership. However, Azziz Rahman had other ideas and his 6 for 37 put the game in the balance. But Steve Bowles (65 not out) and Richard Baker (17 not out) saw Ascot reach the finishing line by 3 wickets and just over 5 overs remaining.