HURST ensured their Division 2b survival with a shock three-wicket victory at home to second-placed Wargrave, writes Richard Ashton.

Skipper Neal Robinson made an unbeaten 66 and Mandip Sohi (43 from 25 balls) and Mark Firth (47) were also among the runs as Wargrave were bowled out for 230.

Robinson (3-51) completed a fine all-round display, but key innings from James Watt (93) and Ollie Lovegrove (41no) hustled the home side to 231-7 with just two balls to spare.

Hurst travel to Aldershot this Saturday.

Royal Ascot also confirmed their survival after they cruised past Aldershot by seven wickets.

The visitors were bowled out for 189, but from 110-3, captain Jack Kendall (50no) and Jack Lunghusen (46no from 25 balls) guided Ascot to victory with more than 18 overs to spare.

Royal Ascot visit Thatcham Town on Saturday.

Eversley remain third in Division 2a after a five-wicket success at Windsor.

Stuart Lipo (5-37) and skipper Chris Last (3-46) did the bulk of the damage as the Boars bowled out their hosts for 156, and an unbeaten 43 from Alex Sykes helped them reach 157-5 with more than 10 overs to spare.

Eversley host-second-placed Marlow next Saturday as they look to steal the runners-up spot.

Chris Morgan hit a magnificent 141 for Division 4a champions Binfield as they crushed Henley 3rds by 106 runs.

Duncan Wessels added 40 as the visitors smashed 287-8 from their 45 overs, and with seamers Tom Andrews (4-20) and Matt Hayman (3-25) again in fine form, Henley could only make 181 in reply, Berkshire 2nds man Matt Dalrymple notching 123 not out.

Binfield end their campaign at home to Newbury on Saturday.

Royal Ascot 2nds kept their faint hopes of survival alive with a 21-run victory against Bagshot 2nds.

Murray Barter’s 89 helped the visitors post 207, and with Mike Brown claiming 3-32, Bagshot were restricted to 186-8 in reply.

Bracknell’s Division 5b promotion hopes suffered a major setback as they were defeated by eight wickets by Wargrave 2nds.

The two sides swapped places in the table with Wargrave now second – 14 points clear – after John Rimmer (4-33) and Arul Appavoo (3-27) decimated the visitors for just 67. Wargrave (69-2) knocked the runs off in 22.1 overs and now appear set for promotion.

Bracknell host Aldershot 2nds on Saturday.

Joe Howorth (4-32) and Colin Webb (3-14) were in top form as Eversley 2nds (116-5) accounted for Boyne Hill 3rds (112) by five wickets. Jon Last made 48 for the Boars.

Binfield 2nds secured promotion from Division 6b with a week to spare as they overcame Hurst 2nds by six wickets.

Kelvin Baillie (103) and Abhir Joshi (54no) were among the runs as the visitors totalled 229-5 in their 45 overs, but useful knocks from Will Sennett (55) and Steve Jeffrey (54) ensured Binfield reached 230-4 in 36.2 overs.

In Division 7a, Mike Wyatt took 3-31 for Royal Ascot 3rds (168), but they were beaten by Sulhamstead 2nds (219-8) by 51 runs despite Deep Mohain’s 40.

Grant Whelan (4-15) rolled back the years to help Eversley 3rds (134-3) ease past Newbury 2nds (133) by seven wickets.

Bracknell 2nds saw their Division 8a promotion hopes all but ended by Wargrave 3rds following a 132-run trouncing.

Oliver Newton (86) and Chris Hattey (43) led Wargrave to 223-7, and Scott Walker’s 5-32 then ensured Bracknell were bowled out for 91.

Dirk Benneyworth made an unbeaten 68 for Royal Ascot 4ths (196-7), but they fell to a 69-run reverse at Bagshot 3rds (265-5).

In Division 9a, Layla Judge (4-29) and Alex Dobbin (4-38) starred as third-placed Eversley 4ths (159) overcame Reading 4ths (149) by 10 runs.