Maiden ton for Slawinski as Ampthill beat Biggleswade

Opening up: Ampthills Tom Degnan and Jarryd Biviano
Opening up: Ampthills Tom Degnan and Jarryd Biviano

Ampthill Town stayed top of the Beds County League Division One with a fine 82-run win over Biggleswade on Sunday.

After a shaky start Ampthill were reduced to 70-4, however Tom Degnan and Ben Slawinski set about the visitors bowling putting on 145 in 15 overs.

Slawinski hit his maiden century making 104 and Degnan departed for 94.

Skipper Dan Bennett added 32 not out as Ampthill reached an imposing 300-9 from 45 overs.

Biggleswade had a steady start but were always behind the run-rate and were bowled out for 218 in the 43rd over.

Schalk Van Der Merwe took 5-17, while there were two wickets each for Robbie Thomas and star man Slawinski, who also took two catches.

The Sunday IIs were beaten at Blunham, youngster Will Glenister top scoring with 45 in a total of 192 all out as Blunham hit the winning runs with seven wickets in hand.

The Sunday IIIs lost to Stevenage at Marston, skipper Colin Ruddick top scoring with 46 in a total of 118, as Stevenage eased home by seven wickets, despite Sean Hardwidge’s 2-18.

Ampthill’s Saturday first team were defeated at home by to West Herts in Saracens Herts League Division Three.

After winning the toss and batting, Ampthill could only muster 186-8 in their 53 overs, with 65 from skipper Chris Esh and Jarryd Biviano’s 43.

West Herts comfortably got home only losing three wickets with eight overs left.

The IIs beat top of the table Dunstable IIs at Lancot Park. Also choosing to bat first they too made 186-9, Phil Clark top scoring with 42.

Dunstable started well but four quick wickets changed the game, skipper Phil Clark coming on to mop up the tail taking 4-14 and Jeremy Degnan taking 3-25 as the home side were dismissed for 110.

The IIIs had no game and the IVs completed their biggest win ever recorded defeating Road Runners by 207 runs.

Ampthill’s 328-5 in 40 overs saw youngster Archie Young-Lee hit a career best of 177 in just 96 balls, with 29 fours and three sixes.

James Freeman ably supported him with 55 as Road Runners were dismissed for 121 with Sean Hardwidge taking 3-18 and Richard Blunt 3-44.