Week 6 – Read(ing) ‘Em and Weep

1s v Reading 1

Reading were the visitors at the Racecourse ground. They won the toss and elected to bowl first. Reading soon had Ascot reduced to 10 for 3. Adam Smith (32) and Christo Karemaker rebuilt the innings with a stand of 69 before Smith was given lbw off Luke Beaven. Jem Bains (22) and Karemaker then added 67 for the next wicket and with the lower order Christo Karemaker made a well constructed 100 not out to help Ascot reach 193 for 8 off 52 overs.

Luke Beaven was the pick off the Reading bowlers with 3 for 33.

While Ascot slumped, Reading roared and were soon 60 for 0 off 10 overs with Rehan Akram making a quickfire 46. Will Ellison then struck quickly getting both openers but Reading eased to the total with Firaz Amjad (44) and Luke Beaven (33 not out) with 6 wickets and more than 4 overs remaining. Will Ellison took 3 for 41.

Eversley 2 v 2s

The 2s went across the border to Eversley and elected to bat first on winning the toss. Unfortunately Ascot never got out of second gear and while 7 players made double figures, top scorer was Ian Dawkins with 37 as Ascot were bowled out for 162 in 50.3 overs. Umair Pervaiz was the pick of the Eversley bowlers with 3 for 26.

In response, Eversley were never in trouble as John Matthews (73) and Tom Surrall (54 not out) saw them home with 8 wickets and 23 overs remaining.

Reading 3 v 3s

The 3s made the trip to Reading. Reading won the toss and elected to bat first. Ascot’s bowling and fielding kept Reading down and at 109 for 8 looked in trouble. But a last wicket stand between Nalin Rupasinha (20 not out) and Chris Reynard (11 not out) saw them reach 150 for 9 off 40 overs.

In response, Ascot while up with the run rate lost wickets at regular intervals and despite Usman Mumtaz making 30, Ascot were all out for 112 to lose by 38 runs. Hatib Khan took 4 for 38 for Reading.

4s v Binfield 4

Binfield were the visitors to Locks Ride. Ascot won the toss and elected to bowl first. Daniel Orford top scored for Binfield with 35 but with only three other players reaching double figures, Binfield made 149 for 9 off 40 overs. Waqar Ahmed Soomro was the pick of the Ascot attack with 3 for 20.

In response Ascot were in quick trouble as the top 6 made only 27 between them with Mahesh Acharya taking 3 for 26. But Ashwin Vasudevan turned the innings around with 55 and with support from skipper Richard Baker (21 not out) helped Ascot to the win with 3 wickets and more than 6 overs remaining.

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