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Newbury made it two wins from two thanks to an impressive seven wicket win against Royal Ascot 2nd XI.

Royal Ascot, who now sit bottom of Division 5b, won the toss and elected to bat.

Jimmy Herdman made an instant breakthrough, dismissing opening batsman Kamran Zaki without scoring.

Pace bowling
Pace bowling

That set the tone for the innings, and Royal Ascot were dismissed for 159 from 43.2 overs.

The wickets were shared between Herdman (1-30), Prashanth Kundar (3-30), Jagjit Singh (3-20) and Charlie Anstey (3-34).

Newbury's batsmen made short work of the chase, surpassing Royal Ascot's total inside 38 overs thanks to an unbeaten 67 from Charlie Anstey, rounding off an impressive performance from the opening batsman.

Sulhamstead and Ufton suffered a second successive defeat in a disappointing start to the Division 2b season.

Sulhamstead won the toss and put opponents Binfield into bat.

Craig Palmer led the bowling attack and claimed a five wicket haul (5-25) including important wickets at the top of the order.

He was ably supported by Charlie Baker (3-33) and Binfield were dismissed for 195 in 47.4 overs.

Sulhamstead lost two early wickets, however, and were all out for 134, 61 runs short of Binfield's total.

That was despite a determined innings from opener Joe Webb (28) and some big hitting from Craig Palmer (30) further down the order.

Prashanth Kundar bowling for Newbury against Royal Ascot.
Prashanth Kundar bowling for Newbury against Royal Ascot.

There was also disappointment for Purley-on-Thames in Division 4a, who fell to a 29 run defeat at the hands of Wokingham 3rd XI.

Wokingham won the toss and chose to bat, but some good bowling from Purley restricted them to 159 all out.

Purley kept the pressure on throughout the Wokingham innings thanks to economical bowling from Samuel Jugg (3-27), Patrick Allen (2-30) and Caleb Maycock (2-44).

Purley lost three quick wickets in response, and needed to rebuild at 24-3.

That rebuild never materialised, though, and Purley were dismissed for 130 in spite of starts from Ben Hardy (20) and Robert Clarke (20).

Purley's 2nd XI game against Reading 2nd XI also ended in defeat in Division 5b.

Purley won the toss and batted, but were all out for 165 in 35 overs.

Opening batsman Tejpal Singh made an impressive 69, but he needed someone to stick around with him to post a competitive total.

Reading's batsmen were measured in their reply and eased to their total in 34 overs, securing a seven wicket win.

Charlie Anstey inspecting the ball
Charlie Anstey inspecting the ball

There was a wicket apiece for Purley's Raj Senniappan (1-29), Hassan Rasheed (1-31) and Richard Leach (1-14).

Elsewhere, Theale and Tilehurst 2nd XI moved up to second in Division 6b thanks to a 19 run win over Bradfield.

Theale and Tilehurst posted 186-8 from their 45 overs, thanks in part to a 68 from opener James White that included six fours and a six.

Lauren Turner (3-28) was the outstanding bowler for Bradfield.

Bradfield threatended the total in response but Henry Conron (54 not out) ran out of partners and his side fell short.

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