Ampthill Town prepared in style for this Friday’s game against Lashings with two victories in the Bedfordshire County Cricket League.
The firsts defeated Blunham at the Park after chasing 229 for victory. Chris Esh led the way with an unbeaten 69 and was well supported by Adam Nunn 39 and Robbie Thomas 25.
The seconds had a big win at Kempston Hammers. Batting first 58 from Fraser Liddell, 43 from Jed Bradley and 41 from Raj Nahar set a total of 212. in response Kempston were bowled out for 98 with Andy Passman taking 7-24 and Dave Bradley 2-27.
The fourths lost by 77 runs in a friendly at Eaton Bray. James Prestwich scored 43 and Jason Furr was 32 not out in a total of 141 chasing 218. Nick Howson took 2-39. The thirds lost in the last over at Marston to Kempston Hammers seconds.
The Saturday seconds had an excellent victory at high flying Broxbourne seconds in the Saracens Hertfordshire League Division 4. Batting first on a seamers’ wicket a competitive total of 161 was scored, Jason Dimond top scoring with 67 and skipper Howson 31. In response Ampthill’s bowlers strangled the home batsmen and early wickets fell. The introduction of Jamie Casley saw the game turn as he took three quick wickets and despite some late hitting the home side were bowled out for 123 and victory by 38 runs. Jamie Casley taking 4-34 and Jez Degnan 3-47.
The Saturday firsts suffered only their third league defeat as the double was completed by Botany Bay. Ampthill batted first but were skittled for just 131, James Kerr batted through undefeated on 64. Botany cruised home for the loss of four wickets, Ben Slawinski took two late wickets.