Binfield v 1s
The 1s had a local derby as they made the short trip to Binfield. Binfield won the toss and elected to bowl first. Jack Kendall went early but Zain Malik and Ed Clarke helped consolidate before Ed Clarke was dismissed for 26 and given a warm departure by the skipper leaving Ascot on 64 for 2. Malik went on to make 41 before being the third man out on 94 and then Christo Karemaker was out for a duck leaving Ascot at a preilous 94 for 4.
Andy Murray hit a couple of sixes to get some momentum going but was then bowled by Joe Sculley for 30 making it 112 for 5. This brought Adam Smith and Nick Sweetman together and they put on a brilliant stand of 117. Nick Sweetman was out for a well crafted 70 and Adam Smith shortly after for a well deserved 51 and the tail helped Ascot reach a respectable 251 for 9 off 52 overs.
Skipper Mike Brown was on fire as he ripped out the Binfield top 5 leaving them on 37 for 5 including the wicket of his opposite number for a golden duck. Brown finished with the figures of 5 for 33 and it could have been even better but for a couple of dropped catches. Myles Trainor chipped in with two wickets and when Owen Bowles had Nower caught by the skipper, Binfield were 99 for 8.
However, the ninth wicket of Ben Clarke and Joe Sculley provided strong resistance. They put on a stand of 65 in 16 overs and Binfield were within 27 balls of safety when Ben Clarke was caught by Zain Malik off the bowling of Andy Murray.
And in Murray’s next over he bowled Rob Pigden to complete a 67 run victory for a well deserved and well needed victory for the 1s.
2s v Binfield 2
The 2s played the reverse fixture and Ascot won the toss and elected to bowl first. Steve Jeffrey (69) and Jack Green (47) got Binfield off to a great a start with a 100 partnership until Dylan Baker made a great run out of Jack Green. Cameron Ireland (42) and Thomas Williams (54 not out) kept up the momentum and the run rate to take Binfield to an imposing 256 for 6 off 52 overs. Kamran Zaki was the pick of the Ascot bowlers with 15 overs and 2 for 48.
Zaki went early but Deep Mohain (44) and Mike Breet put on 146 for the second wicket to keep Ascot on track. When Mohain departed, Ascot lost several more wickets but Breet kept the pressure on the Binfield bowling attack. Steve Bowles and Breet then got the score to 231 before Breet was bowled for a magnificent 146. Bowles and Dan Corsini then kept the scoreboard ticking over when Bowles was out for 19 and just 5 runs short. However, Dylan Baker hit the winning boundary with 2 balls remaining to give Ascot a thrilling win in a 516 run thriller.
Sonning 3 v 3s
The 3s led by Tom Clarke made the trip to Sonning. Sonning won the toss and elected to bat first. On a good wicket, Sonning made a commanding 249 for 3 off 40 overs. Daniel Edwards led the way with a superb 100 not out for Sonning. On a day of runs, special mention needs to go to Ascot bowlers, Tom Dummigan, 8 overs and 0 for 21 and skipper Tom Clarke with 8 overs and 2 for 32.
If Sonning scored quickly, then the 3s took it up another notch. Tom Clarke got the run chase going with a well made 70. This was then followed by an unbeaten 3rd wicket partnership between Waqar Ashraf (104 not out) and Jacob Phillips (50 not out) to see Ascot home by 7 wickets and with over 10 overs remaining.
4s v Theale & Tilehurst 3
At Locks Ride, the 4s entertained top of the table Theale & Tilehurst. The 4s won the toss and elected to bat first. There were solid contributions from all of the batting line up including Luka Prashad (42) and Disney Abeyesekara (37 not out). Hammad Ali was the pick of the bowlers for Theale & Tilehurst with 3 for 35.
However, in response Ascot were blown away by Sohail Arshad (109 not out) and Hammad Ali (63 not out) as Theale & Tilehurst eased to an 8 wicket victory with over 12 overs remaining.