Dunstable down Ampthill as unbeaten run comes to an end

Action from Ampthill Sunday Is defeat to Lutonian. Picture (c) June Essex
Action from Ampthill Sunday Is defeat to Lutonian. Picture (c) June Essex

Ampthill CC’s Saturday first XI lost their unbeaten start to the season in a high scoring game at Dunstable.

The home side batted first and scored an impressive 257 for 6 in 50 overs, with George Darlow and James Sneath taking three wickets each.

Darlow also performed well with the bat, making 67 from 79 balls, but it was Dunstable who came out on top as they bowled Ampthill out for 234 in the last over.

The Saturday second XI were also involved in a high scoring game at home to Harpenden III.

Harpenden scored 245 but were bowled out in the 48th over, Jeremy Degnan claiming 5-40.

The response started well, with Gavin Howson scoring 59. Paul Strong added 72 late on, however the home side fell 9 runs short as they closed on 236 for 6.

An exciting game in the local derby at Steppingley saw the third XI lose by 6 runs. Steppingley scored 205 for 6 in their 45 overs, with Adam Sibley top scoring with 62.

The Ampthill batting struggled and reached 139 for 7, but 64 from U15 Patrick Brooke and an unbeaten 39 from Ben Bradley saw them just fall short on 199 for 8.

The Saturday fourth XI were defeated by Henlow at Marston, as Henlow ran out convincing victors by 10 wickets.

On Sunday the first XI entertained league leaders Lutonian. Ampthill batted first and could only muster 162 off their 45 overs, youngster Archie Young-Lee the mainstay with an unbeaten 49.

Lutonian knocked off the total in just 30 overs for the loss of 3 wickets, Ben Bradley claiming 2 for 26 off his 7 overs.

At Caldecote, the Sunday 2s lost by 98 runs. Caldecote batted first and scored 238 for 9 in their 40 overs; Robert Bowyer hit 93 while Andy Passman (4-40) and James Potter (4-51) took the wickets.

Ampthill’s reply never got going and the innings closed on 140 for 8, Potter top scoring with an unbeaten 30.

The Sunday 3s entertained Offley & Stopsley and were all out for 129, Nick Key (52) and young Marcus Lake (43) the main contributors.

The runs were knocked off in quick time by the openers, before the sole wicket fell to Ben White in a 9 wicket loss.