The 1s were on the road at Wokingham 2s. Wokingham won the toss and elected to bat first. Wokingham were soon in trouble at 48 for 4 as Will Ellison decimated the top order with a great spell of 4 for 22. But recovery came in the form of a 5th wicket partnership of 94 between Rahul Patel 79 and Joe Drabble 43.
However, another great spell from Andy Murray with 4 for 31 saw Wokingham subside from 142 for 4 to 183 all out off the final ball of their 52 over allocation.
Skipper Jack Kendall got Ascot off to a quick start with 42 and while a wobble saw Ascot go from 65 for 0 to 69 for 3, James Gamble with 62 not out was supported by Jack Lunghusen 28 and Andy Murray 31 to see Ascot claim the win by 5 wickets.
A much needed win as the 1s continue on the road at Finchampstead 2s.
The 2s faced Henley 3 at the Racecourse Ground. Henley won the toss and batted, and batted, as Ascot endured a long afternoon in the field not helped by dropped catches. Henley finished on a strong 288 for 8 off 52 overs with major contributions from Adam Lubbock 94, Oliver Buckle 55 and Ashley Hayden 49.
In the end, this was a total too far as Ascot subsided to 103 all out off 29.1 overs with the wickets shared among the Henley bowlers.
The 2s are at home again this week facing Reading 2s.
The 3s were on the road at Douai Abbey facing Theale & Tilehurst 3s. Theale won the toss and elected to bat first. The innings of ten-man Theale was based around opener’s Khadim Aslam 59 and some late order runs including 33 from Simon Moore saw Theale reach a very respectable 189 all out off 49.5 overs.
Tim Howson was the pick of the bowlers with 5 for 91.
The 3s struggled and were soon in trouble at 30 for 3. Ralph Weeks aided Ascot’s recovery with 50 but Theale looked the likely winners with Ascot on 136 for 8 with Alastair Brown 3 for 41 and Elliot Smyth 3 for 18 doing the main damage.
But an unbeaten 9th wicket partnership of 54 by Jacob Parry 24 not out and man of the match Tim Howson 28 not out saw Ascot home by 2 wickets and a much needed win.
The 3s are on the road again this week at Fleet 2s.
The 4s were at home to Bracknell 2s. Bracknell won the toss and elected to bat first. Bracknell made 219 for 6 off 40 overs with all the batsmen making double figures and Chris White top scoring with 42 and Satpal Madhan Singh, Ascot’s best bowler with 3 for 39.
In the end Ascot fell cheaply and were all out for 89 with only John Dunnet 25 and Samm Daniel 19 making a contribution.
The 4s are at home to Datchet 4s this week.