So as weather forecasters officially announce that Autumn starts on 1st September, the weather officially decided to end the Thames Valley Cricket League season at tea as all 4 matches were abandoned.
The 1s travelled to Burnham 2s who needed points to avoid relegation and included their 1st XI top run scorer in the Home Counties Premier League – Aftab Khan. Ascot won the toss and decided to field.
Burnham made an impressive 267 for 8 declared off 49 overs – built around an innings of 124 by… you guessed right – Aftab Khan. Ollie Dunnett impressed with 3 for 40, and Andy Murray and Nick Wiggett took 2 wickets a piece. And then it rained.
The 2s had a difficult decision to make. Rain was forecast for 4pm. The lead over Boyne Hill 2s was 3 points. The Ascot brains trust worked out the permutations – if Boyne Hill batted first and scored 200 and it rained, they would get 10 points.
The visitors to Ascot were Sonning 2s who needed points to avoid relegation – do you see a theme here? So the likelihood was that Sonning would have a side reinforced with a couple of 1s players
If Ascot fielded first and the match was abandoned then the likelihood was that Ascot would get only 7 points – and that would mean that Boyne Hill went up as both would be equal on points but Boyne Hill would go up as they would have more batting points.
Are you still following this? So the brains trust decision was if they win the toss – bat first – and aim for 175 – as that would guarantee 8 points.
With the toss duly won Ascot batted first and despite a strong bowling attack, Ascot managed to reach 191 for 7 in 52 overs thanks to 77 from Will Ellison – a reinforcement from our 1st XI. And then it rained.
So – what was happening at Slough – where Slough 4s were playing Boyne Hill 2s? Well Slough won the toss and batted first. They scored 214 all out in 45 overs. So Boyne Hill had time to bat but they now needed the win to go up. Boyne Hill 2 reached 65 for 2 off 17 overs. And then it rained.
But the 2s got the second promotion spot by 4 points – and celebrations all round.
The 3s played their final game in Windsor Great Park against Cove 3s. Only 25 points would give them a chance to take 2nd place but Wokingham 3s also only needed 4 points or an abandoned match to go up.
The 3s batted first and good all round contributions from the top order helped them reach 205 all out off the 52 overs. Cove’s skipper Richard Swannell got the bowling plaudits with 6 for 39. And then it rained. So the 3s ended up 3rd.
And finally to the 4s, who were safe from relegation. They were at Bagshot 3s who won the toss and decided to bat first.
Bagshot made 187 all out off 47 overs, with their leading batsman – Richard Rowlett making 94. For Ascot, Tim Howson took an impressive 6 for 65.
Ascot then batted and decided to go for it with Chris Nichol making a quick 26 and Cameron Temple 42 but at 70 for 2 off 10 overs it started to rain…
So a rather damp end to the season, but not for the 2s who celebrated successive promotions to reach Level 4.
Watch out for an analysis of the season later in the week!