Week 2 – Here comes the sun… (maybe)

Week 2 at least saw some weekend match actions as the 1s and the 4s were able to play.

The 2s travelled over to Bracknell, but on arrival it was more in hope than likelihood as the wicket was very damp and with the predicted sun not out then the match was abandoned without a delivery.

The 3s at Locks Ride was also abandoned early Saturday morning as puddles on the outfield and square were never going to make play possible.

However, the 1s were able to kick-off the league season with a home match against local rivals Bagshot. Bagshot won the toss and not surprisingly elected to bowl first.

Initially this decision looked to backfire as Ascot made a solid start at 107 for 3 with Andy Murray top scoring with 39. But then some tight bowling from James White with 5 for 9 and Brad Passfield with 3 for 12 and some poor batting saw Ascot slump to a well below par 120 all out.

Bagshot went in and started slowly but knew that they had plenty of overs and despite only scoring at one an over saw off the new ball. There was a small glimmer of hope as Andy Murray took 2 quick wickets to see Bagshot go from 55 for 1 to 61 for 3 but Brad Passfield 47 not out and an aggressive 49 not out off 36 deliveries from Jamie Heathcote saw Bagshot home by 7 wickets and just under 15 overs remaining.

A disappointing start to the season and the 1s will look to bounce back over at Theale & Tilehurst.

The 4s made the trip over to Thatcham to play Newbury 3s. Ascot won the toss and elected to bat first. Runs were hard to get but thanks to a fine 39 from Murray Barter and 34 from Sadiq Khan plus 41 extras then Ascot were able to reach 142 for 9 off their 40 overs.

Jon Hawkins put in a player of the match spell with figures of 6 for 14 for Newbury.

While Newbury also found runs hard to get, with wickets in hand they were able to overhaul Ascot’s total by 6 wickets and 22 deliveries with Ed Uden top scoring with 31 retired not out.

A disappointing start to the league but hopefully we will see a full league programme this weekend.

On Sunday morning the club hosted a great U9 Girls Festival with Finchampstead, Boyne Hill and Emmbrook & Bearwood being the visiting teams.

Some great cricket was played in a great spirit and we look forward to seeing more festivals throughout the summer. A big thanks to Ian Warren for organising and managing the festival.

In the afternoon, the Sunday XI played against Ruislip Orientals. Ascot won the toss and elected to bowl first. Gauran with 88 and Hardik Mehta with 66 helped Ruislip to 245 for 8 off 40 overs.

Tom Clarke was the pick of the Ascot attack with 2 for 13. A rain shower between innings saw a revision of the totals and Ascot were looking at 197 off 32 overs.

Despite knowing we had a weak side, Ascot were only able to get 118 all out in 27.1 overs. Tom Clarke top scored with 23.

And finally, we have some exciting news. We shall soon be receiving a Frogbox system so we will be streaming some matches live from the Racecourse later this summer. Watch this space!