Week 9 – Steely Dan

Finchampstead 2 v 1s

The 1s made the trip to Finchampstead and were asked to bowl first after losing the toss. Matthew Eldridge (51) and Gary Loveday put on 111 for the first wicket. Gary Loveday made a well constructed 83 before he became the first victim of Andy Murray. But solid contributions from Steve Brogam 39 and a quick fire 34 not out from Zac Leonard helped Finchampstead to an imposing 262 for 6 off 52 overs.

Andy Murray was the pick of the Ascot bowlers with 5 for 48.

Ascot lost Harry Watson for 8 on 21 but Adam Smith (28) and Tom Walsingham put on 80 for the second wicket. With the run rate slowly creeping up Andy Murray made 53 and Christoff Karemaker went for 16 in trying to get the scoring rate up. Tom Walsingham then went for 88 but Ascot kept coming and despite Nick Sweetman (17 not out) and Nick Wiggett (24 not out) they just fell short on 248 for 5 off 48 overs to finish with a draw.

2s v Sonning 2

Sonning were the visitors at the Racecourse Ground and elected to bat first. Dan Anderson was first to go for 0 to Tim Howson but Sonning rebuilt through Gerard Soames (24) and Rob Mosely (37) but Tim Howson got both to finish with figures of 3 for 49. At 111 for 7, Sonning looked in trouble but then some strong and frequent hitting from Raoul Harding propelled Sonning to 227 for 9 off 52 overs as he finished on 99 not out.

In response, Ascot started strongly as they put on an opening stand of 95 with Kamran Zaki (39). But Ascot then lose a flurry of wickets including Billy Baker for a well deserved 68. At 137 for 6, Ascot looked in trouble but then skipper Dan Corsini (53) and Dylan Baker (33) saw Ascot back on track and James Summers finished off the innings in style with a winning 6 to see Ascot home by 2 wickets and 15 balls. Dan Anderson finished with 4 for 63.

3s v Kidmore End 3

Kidmore End were the visitors to Locks Ride. They won the toss and elected to bat first. Callum Driscoll (20) and Peter Roseff (38) got Kidmore End off to a strong start but then wickets started to fall at regular intervals but Aditya Gundluri with 33 held the innings together to help them reach 174 all out in 36.5 overs.

Skipper Tom Clarke was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 24.

However, Ascot were quick out of the blocks with Aarav Radhakrishnan (37) helping Ascot to get above the run rate. Waqas Ashraf (30 not out) and a peerless innings of 84 not out from Hassan Sohail saw Ascot ease home by 7 wickets and nearly 15 overs remaining.

Bagshot 3 v 4s

The 4s made the short trip to Windlesham to visit the Baggies. Bagshot won the toss and elected to bowl first. Ascot started brightly with Pal Chakravorty (53) and Deep Mohain (41) but the middle and lower order fell away as Ascot fell to 156 all out in 38.2 overs.

In response, Bagshot were a runaway train as Rick Medlock (51 not out) and Richard Rowlett (96 not out) saw them easily get home for a comprehensive 10 wicket win with just under 15 overs remaining.

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