Half way through the league season? Surely not – but here we are at Week 9.
The 1s entertained Burnham 2s at the Racecourse and the visitors won the toss and elected to bat first. Rain reduced the match to 84 overs and Burnham looked well set at 92 for 1. But Kevin May kept chipping away to stop the momentum to end up with 6 for 61 as Burnham reached a respectable 190 for 8 off 44 overs. Sarwar, Sidique and Ali all made 40+.
Jack Kendall and James Wensley put on 83 for the first wicket, with Kendall out for a fine 56. Skipper Nick Sweetman joined Wensley and they made an undefeated 2nd wicket partnership of 108 as they reached the total comfortably in the 34th over – Wensley 81* and Sweetman 44*.
The 1s are fourth in Division 2b – in what is a close division. Henley 2s are 51 point clear at the top but only 47 point cover 2nd and 8th place.
The 2s visited Sonning 2s. The home team won the toss and elected to bat but a fine bowling performance from Saeed Ahmed 3 for 48, Henry Chapman 3 for 21 and wickets from Carr, Oshea and Trainor saw Sonning all out for 110 before tea.
The 2s won quite confortably in the end reaching the target for the loss of only 2 wickets with Arup Viderthey and Joshua Oshea both at the crease on 35*.
The 2s are in second place behind Bagshot 2s by 14 points and ahead of Boyne Hill 2s by 12 points as all three teams are starting to pull away from the rest of the league.
The 3s were visitors to Cove 3s at the excellent Aldershot Garrison ground. Cove won the toss and elected to field first. A great batting performance saw contributions all round with Jack Lunghusen 47, Ralph Weeks 36, Dan Corsini 20 but the innings was built on a fine 91 from George Payne as Ascot declared on 220 for 6.
Cove found runs hard to get as Tim Howson 3 for 26 and Elliot Coggins 1 for 23 restricted the home team. Mike Wyatt then came back to get a fine 4 for 37 as Cove ended up all out for 99.
The 3s are in third place – again it is a close division except for Wargrave 2s at the top – there are only 36 points between 2nd and 8th position.
Finally, the 4s were at home to Bagshot 3s. Bagshot won the toss and put Ascot in, in damp conditions. They did well to reach 157 for 9 off 47 overs with Lewis Sullivan top scorer on 32.
However, Bagshot found batting a lot easier and cruised to the total in just under 30 overs with only 3 wickets down as Matthew Alexander top scored on 69.
This leaves the 4s in ninth position but are within one win of 6th placed Bagshot.
Fixtures for Week 10 are:
1s v Thatcham Town 1 (Home)
2s v Boyne Hill 2 (Away)
3s v Cove 3 (Away)
4s v Kew 4 (Home)