Week 10 – Young Guns

There will be a bigger round-up of the Colts matches next week as they are now nearing the business end of the season.

The 1s were at home to top of the table Beaconsfield, Beaconsfield won the toss and decided to bat first. Henry Chapman and Mike Brown took the new ball and Chapman showed how rapid he was be cleaning bowling the opener Adam Francis for 0.

The innings was build around a solid 62 from Nilesh Odedra but it was the introduction of spin that provided the main challenge. Ollie Dunnett and Kevin May slowed the run rate down and then bowled out Beaconsfield for 186 in the 47th over with Ollie returning figures of 5 for 48.

In reply, Ascot lost George Payne early but Andy Murray with 49 and Jack Kendall 35 put on 73 for the second wicket to rebuild the innings. Nick Sweetman’s 60 saw Ascot within 18 runs of a win but Henry Chapman finished the job off with a 6 and 19 not out to see Ascot home by 3 wickets in the 49th over.

The win saw Ascot go up one place to 6th and visit Sonning this Saturday.

The 2s did the reverse fixture and visited Beaconsfield 2s. Ascot won the toss and elected to bat. Elliot Coggins and Murray Barter opened the innings and put on 51 before Coggins was out for 27. Murray Barter 34, Danny Parker 47 and Jason Carr 28 made contributions but no one made the big score as Ascot made 185 all out in 50.3 overs.

In the end Beaconsfield made light work of the total with Mike Stafford 52, Luke Shepherd 54 and Callum Holloway 37 not out seeing them over by 6 wickets with 5.5 overs remaining. The defeat sees the 2s slip to 6th and Eversley 2s visit the Racecourse Ground this Saturday.

The 3s played Reading 3s and batted first. On a good wicket and a fast outfield Ascot failed to capitalise on this and despite a good 38 from Ben Clark finished 151 all out in 41.4 overs.

Reading played slowly but steadily keeping wickets in hand as they had 58 overs to chase. Despite a great spell from Tim Howson with 19 overs, 5 maidens, 2 for 33 and an amazing over the shoulder catch – Reading reached their target with 5 wickets in hand with 44 from Chris Reynard and 46 not out by Mark Spruyt.

The 3s remain bottom of the table and are way at Hurst 2s on Saturday.

The 4s were away at Reading 4s and put Ascot into bat. The decision looked good at 36 for 3 but Tom Clarke playing a great innings of 132 not out with 18 fours and 4 sixes and with support from debutant Saria Muhammad with 71 not out, they put on 161 for the 6th wicket enabling Ascot to declare on 287 for 5 off 38 overs.

Despite the presence of ex-county player Julian Wood who scored a quick fire 24 including 2 fours and 2 sixes, Taffy Allen made sure that Ascot won comfortably with 4 for 31, supported by Naeem Mohammad’s 3 for 33. Reading were bowled out for 164.

The win keeps the 4s in 3rd position on average points and they will entertain Bagshot 3s at home.

It was a good weekend for the youngsters with Ollie Dunnett, Henry Chapman, Elliot Coggins, Ben Clark and Tom Clarke all impressing. Long may it continue.

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