England spinner Monty stars in leaders’ clash

Ampthill's George Darlow faces Monty Panesar's bowling
Ampthill's George Darlow faces Monty Panesar's bowling

Monty Panesar’s return to local cricket helped his club side Luton Town & Indians defeat Ampthill in a top of the table Saracens Hertfordshire Division One clash.

Ampthill won the toss and batted first but struggled on a turning wicket. No one got to grips with the bowling and Panesar’s introduction ripped through the middle order.

Matt Barnes top scored with 21 in a below par 108 with the England bowler and former Bedford Modern School student taking 5 for 31.

The Luton batsmen knocked off the runs for the loss of just two wickets in 17 overs. Luton are now 54 points clear with Ampthill slipping down to third in the table.

The Saturday seconds didn’t fair much better as they also slipped to an eight wicket defeat at Langleybury. Having slumped to 71-8 they recovered to set 123 with Clark top scoring with 47. Langleybury only lost 2 wickets as they cruised to victory.

The Saturday fourths lost by 98 runs at Pilgrims Oakley. Callum Smith took 4 for 50 as the home side made 197-7. Only John Keeling with 57 not out had any joy in Ampthill’s score of 99 all out.

The Sunday firsts are still looking for their first victory in this season’s County League Premier and they won’t get much closer than their one wicket defeat to Southill Park.

Another under par total at the park saw the home side slump to 117-9. A dogged last wicket partnership between Evans (22) and Bradley got the total to 146, Tyla Scarles top scoring with 23. Southill were cruising at 51-1 but a middle order collapse saw them slump to 129-9 with Ollie Evans taking 3 for 23. A nervy ending saw the last wicket pair secure the winning runs.

The Sunday seconds were defeated by 96 runs at Sharnbrook. Sharnbrook scored 228-8 with youngster Alex Evans taking 4 for 44. 30 from Raj Nahar and 27 from Pat Brooke were the only scores in a total of 132 all out.

The Sunday thirds and fourths games were cancelled.