Week 3 – Four to the Floor

Hurst v 1s

Ascot were the visitors at Hurst on Saturday, and on winning the toss elected to bat first. At 14 for 3, that was looking like the wrong decision. Christo Karamaker got some momentum with a quick fire 29 but fell to make it 61 for 4. Harry Watson (49) then put on a 50 partnership with Adam Smith. The middle / lower order then helped to keep Smith company as he made 85 to get Ascot to 206 all out with 1 ball remaining.

Phil Higgs and Joe Warren took 3 wickets each for Hurst.

But 200 was never enough as James Watt (81) and Lewis Smith (59) saw Hurst reach the target comfortably with 7 wickets and more than 15 overs remaining.

Mike Brown took 2 for 37.

2s v Finchampstead 4

The 2s won the toss and elected to bat first. Again wickets fell at regular intervals and Ascot found themselves on 114 for 7. Opener Kamran Zaki (63) held the innings together but when he fell on 141, a below par score was on the cards. However, Joseph Warren (35 not out) and Rajiv Docker (24 not out) helped Ascot to reach 197 for 8 off 45 overs.

Sam Smith 3 for 12 and Sam Fearon 3 for 36 were the pick of the Finch attack.

Tim Howson (2 for 34) struck early to have Finch in trouble at 14 for 2 but Steve Raubenheimer (71) and Sam Smith (74 not out) put on 128 for the third wicket and despite a couple of wickets took victory with 6 wickets and 11 balls remaining.

Aldershot 3 v 3s

The 3s crossed the border into Hampshire for a match against Aldershot 3. Aldershot won the toss and elected to bat first. Ascot bowled and fielded well with Jacob Parry taking 3 for 30 and Usman Mumtaz 3 for 38 but the lower order of Sameer Khara (33), Uthayashankar Selvartnam (30) and Ben Ellerington (26) helped Aldershot to a respectable 170 all out off 39.1 overs.

Skipper Tom Clarke (59) and Dirk Benneyworth (34) kept Ascot on course and Elliott Mills (29 not out) helped Ascot reach the target with 5 wickets and 4 overs remaining.

4s v Finchampstead 5

Finchampstead 5 were the visitors at Locks Ride and elected to bowl on winning the toss. Dunnet and Trapani blunted the initial attack and then Ishaan Banerjee (44 not out) and Cedric Cooray (35) helped the 4s to a strong 181 for 5 off 40 overs. Ninad Khanti was the pick of the Finch attack with 3 for 46.

In response Cedric Cooray (2 for 18) and Dylan Baker (4 for 14) tore into the Finch batting line-up and No.10 Justin Navetta provided the main resistance with 33 to see Finch to 104 all out with nearly 15 overs remaining.

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