An eagerly awaited weekend which ended in triumph, as England won the World Cup in an amazing match. I remember listening to the last World Cup in 1992 with friends at university not knowing how long another final would be!
The 1s were the visitors at Hurst. On winning the toss they elected to field first. Lewis Smith 71 not out, Christopher McCarthey 54 not out and Max Caroll 55 enable Hurst to declare on a comfortable 224 for 5 off 50 overs.
Unfortunately the 1s never got started and Lewis Smith came back to haunt the middle and lower order with 5 for 21 in a man of the match performance to see the 1s all out for 116.
The 2s entertained Slough 4 at the Racecourse Ground, and Slough won the toss and batted first. Some tight bowling and fielding saw early wickets fall but the innings was held together by Lav Prabhakar’s 86 not out seeing them through to a respectable 205 all out inside 50 overs.
Jason Carr was the pick of the 2s bowlers with 3 for 52.
The 2s started well despite the loss of Billy Baker for 3. James Wensley swung the momentum Ascot’s way with 74 and Jez Wing and Jason Carr saw the 2s home with 6 wickets and 11 balls to spare.
After so many near misses, this was a great win for the 2s.
The 3s were away at Aldershot 3s. Aldershot won the toss and batted first. The game ebbed and flowed as Garry Dates with 88 and Tim Howson 4 for 62 the main protagonists as Aldershot were all out for 207 in the final over.
The 3s got off to a poor start, not helped by being out in the field for four hours and lost 5 wickets with only 60 on the board. Disney helped kick start the innings with 50 and some good lower order batting kept Ascot in the game until the final over but Ray Burnett’s 5 for 42 was the difference as Aldershot took the last wicket in the final over to win by 6 runs.
The 4s were at home to Thatcham Town 3s. The 4s elected to field first and Thatcham battled to 187 for 6 off 40 overs thanks to Joe Harwood’s 67 and William Thorne’s 44 not out. Dan Bailey took 3 for 40 for Ascot.
In response the 4s kept losing wickets at vital times and despite a valiant 51 from Ralph Weeks, the 4s fell to 129 all out and a 58 run defeat. Venkat Reddy the pick of Thatcham’s bowlers with 4 for 12.
Week 11 sees the following fixtures:
1s v Aldershot 1 (Home)
2s v Aldershot 2 (Away)
3s v Yateley 1 (Home)
4s v Eversley 3s (Away)