Week 8 – Purple Rain

1s v Cove

Cove were the visitors to the Racecourse Ground and elected to bowl on winning the toss. The wicket was hard and fast and Cove’s overseas bowler, Kyle Wisniewski gave Ascot plenty of chin and rib music. At the other end Andrew Short kept it tight and got both openers out. Wickets continued to tumble and Ascot were looking at the precipice at 36 for 7. But Nick Wiggett (40) and James Stock (28) helped Ascot to 112 all out but Andrew Short 4 for 10 and Wisniewski 4 for 33 took the plaudits.

Cove kept their composure and won with 8 wickets to spare just as the rain fell. Jack Wilson leading them home with 50 not out accompanied by Jordan Finney 26 not out.

Bagshot 2 v 2s

The 2s made the short trip to Bagshot and elected to bowl on winning the toss. Bagshot were looking comfortable at 77 for 2 when Stuart Falconer had them in trouble taking 5 for 32 and reducing Bagshot to 106 for 7. But Lewis Wolfe’s 55 helped them recover to 179 all out in 48.3 overs.

Ascot got off to a quick start with Dylan Baker’s 28 and Mike Breet kept the momentum going with a swashbuckling 94. Just as the rain was coming in Kamran Zaki (58 not out) helped Ascot to an 8 wicket win.

Bracknell 2 v 3s

The 3s also had a short trip to neighbouring Bracknell and elected to bowl on winning the toss. The top order were held together by the opener, Sanjeewa Darshana’s 55 but an unbeaten 8th wicket stand from Meganathan Kanagaraj (65 not out) and Thiru Mohan (27 not out) saw Bracknell reach 216 for 7 off 40 overs.

In response Ascot were going well with Murray Barter (49) and Waqas Ashraf (47). Ascot were well set for the final push in the last 8 overs when the rain abandoned the match and despite 6 wickets remaining they were 9 runs behind the AAR at 162 for 4 when the match was abandoned, so Bracknell took the win.

For the stattos among you if the Duckworth Lewis Stern method had been used then Ascot would have won by 10 runs.

4s v Eversley 4

At Locks Ride, the 4s won the toss against Eversley and elected to bat first. Several of the middle order made contributions with Ashin Vasudevan top scoring with 33 to help Ascot to 156 for 7 off 40 overs.

However, Eversley made light of the response as they won with 7 wickets and 10 overs in hand with Bill Burnett scoring 40 to take the win.

You are the Umpire!

For a bit of fun have a look at this delivery from the Sulhampstead v 1s match just under 2 weeks ago. Do you think the delivery is legitimate or a No ball?

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