1s v Slough 2
Slough were the visitors at the Racecourse Ground and were invited to bat after ascot won the toss. The openers got Slough off to a quick start with a 100 partnership and the stand was eventually broken on 126 when Yash Lakhani was smartly caught off the bowling of Andy Murray for 70.
Aizaz Ahmed fell for 15 to the same combination but Arsalan Oberoi kept up the run rate to reach 101 before Mike Breet took a good catch of Christof Karemaker. Nasser Ahmed then became Andy Murray’s third victim for 46 but Slough continued to pile on the runs.
They passed 300 in the 46th over and should probably have declared but continued to 329 for 4 off 49 overs with Veerender Pathlavath 66 not out. Andy Murray took 3 for 71.
Ed Clarke (28) and Zain Malik (25) started brightly but fell within a few deliveries of each other leaving Ascot 53 for 2. Christof Karemaker then fell with the score on 57. Harry Watson and Andy Murray then fell on 91 for 5. Despite this wobble the wicket was looking good and Adam Smith (47) and Mike Breet (53) put on 107 for the sixth wicket.
Despite them both going within 5 runs of each other, Tom Walsingham (49 not out) and Billy Baker (20 not out) saw out the remaining 10 overs to get Ascot to 278 for 7.
A tough day for the bowlers on a great wicket and fast outfield and Slough will probably rue the chance to give themselves more overs so that there was more chance of a result.
Purley-on-Thames 2 v 2s
Ascot made the trip over past Reading to Purley-on-Thames. Purley won the toss and elected to bat first. Purley were in big trouble at 59 for 7 but a 112 stand between Sam Harlowe 73 and Arjun Mather 60 helped Purley recover to a respectable 195 all out in 49.4 overs. Andy Wiggett 4 for 51 and Jacob Parry 4 for 40 were the pick of the Ascot attack.
Ascot started brightly with Kamran Zaki 31, Deep Mohain 22 and Jem Bains 25 helping Ascot reach 107 for 2. But a collapse in the middle order saw Ascot reduced to 139 for 7. Dylan Baker 18 and Ian Dawkins helped keep the momentum in the run chase and despite Baker falling with 8 runs needed, Ian Dawkins saw Ascot home with 70 not out, and 4 balls and 2 wickets remaining. A close match but another good win for the 2s.
3s v Bradfield 2
Bradfield made the trip to Locks Ride and were invited to bat first. Despite 4 batters making double figures with Max Edmonds top scoring with 36, all 6 Ascot bowlers took wickets and bowled Bradfield out for 116 in 33 overs.
The end came quickly for Bradfield as Ascot openers Tom Clarke (84 not out) and Amaar Malik (26 not out) gave Ascot a 10 wicket win in 15.4 overs.
Sulhamstead & Ufton 3 v 4s
The 4s were away at promotion chasing Sulhamstead & Ufton and after losing the toss took to the field. Sulhamstead piled the runs on with Binit Sahu (121 not out) and Paul Hale (69) taking Sulhamstead to an impressive 273 for 2 off 40 overs.
Despite this tall order, Ascot’s batting stuck to the task with Murray Barter (50), Jon Searle (62 not out) and skipper Richard Baker (38 not out) taking Ascot to a respectable 233 for 7. Finn Mercer tool 3 for 45 for the home team.