Wargrave remain undefeated
NEAL ROBINSON’S knock of 76 helped Wargrave preserve their unbeaten start to the Division 2b season.
Although Robinson and co slip to third following their draw against Royal Ascot, they have still not been defeated this year and are now just five points off top spot.
Upon winning the toss Wargrave opted to bat first but lost Will Allum (17) and Luke Taylor (18) before they could put a real mark in the scoreboard.
Opener Mandip Sohi reached 27 only to also lose his wicket, leaving Wargrave on 73-3, but a fine partnership between Michael Cowdell (39) and Robinson (76no) put them in good shape.
Sam Bowers also added 25 as the hosts closed on 238-7.
In the first of nine weeks of traditional matches as opposed to straight win/lose matches, Ascot knew they could take a draw if the target proved too much to reach.
And that was exactly how the second innings panned out with Jack Clark posting impressive figures of 4-47.
But Ascot regained some composure from 91-5 to reach 178-8,
down in no small part to a 115 from James Wensley, and earn a draw. HURST stay bottom of the table but they did pick up a draw at WOKINGHAM 2s.
Aside from a game washed out by the rain, Hurst had lost all their games this season but Alex Kayser (95no) led their charge against the Oaks.
James Watt (40) and Kelvin Baillie (34) also contributed well to the tally of 222-8 with John McDonald (3-44) the pick of the bowlers.
But Wokingham threatened to chase it down with important scores from Tanseef Mehdi (38) and Jack Fisher (49) before an unbeaten 53 by Ben Myles looked to push home the victory.
But the overs ran out with the Oaks on 215-5, meaning they had to settle for a draw.
FINCHAMPSTEAD 2s stay seventh following defeat at Thatcham Town.
Half centuries from Russell Lane (85) and Ed Oliver (53) helped Finches to a total of
204-8 and brilliant bowling from Andy Lazenbury (5-28) set up a thrilling finish, but Thatcham got over the line with one wicket to spare. EVERSLEY have tumbled down to sixth in 2a after back-to-back defeats.
Leaders just two weeks ago, the Boars have slipped following a 54run loss against Hayes.
Chris Last (3-75) was the pick of the bowlers as Hayes posted a target of 270 for victory, but Eversley fell short despite a knock of 55 from James Magowan.
Three wickets apiece for Matt Bell and Henry Leach guided
FINCHAMPSTEAD 3s out of the 3a relegation zone.
Seeking a first victory of the season, Finches posted a total of 230 all out with Liam Matthews (36) top scoring.
But Wooburn Narkovians were chasing down that tally, only to be bowled out 15 runs short of victory with Bell and Leach doing most of the damage. SONNING’S struggles continued with a heavy 145-run defeat at NPL in 3b.
Now down to eighth and just one point off the foot of the table, Sonning failed to make a meaningful breakthrough with the ball as NPL closed on 316-2.
Nigel Jackson (44) and Mark Richards (31) top scored in reply but the innings was cut short after being bowled out for 171.
In 4a, a fine all-round display from Alex Jackson helped BINFIELD to a big win at Reading 2s.
Jackson’s unbeaten 40 as well as fine scores from Chris Morgan (57), Steven Carson (64) and Mike Staves (86) saw Binfield reach 298-4, where they declared.
And they had more than enough overs left to finish the job with Jackson (5-28) tearing through the Reading order, which crumbled to 90 all out.
WARGRAVE 2s have been knocked off the top of 5b following defeat at Aldershot 2s.
Wargrave looked well placed after a first innings score of 261-8 with Charlie Moss (98) and Matthew Townson (41) the top scorers.
Kam Hanif (3-34) was also in form with the ball in reply, but Aldershot reached the target to win by three wickets in the 46th over.
An unbeaten 56 from Mathew Salter guided EVERSLEY 2s to a four-wicket win at WOKINGHAM 3s.
After Rezaul Roni and James Berger-North had both taken three wickets apiece to reduce the Oaks to 151 all out, Salter and Saranya Madina (34) got Eversley over the line with ease. SONNING 2s stay second bottom after a seven-wicket home loss against Falkland 3s.