No chance of promotion for Ampthill firsts

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Ampthill Town Saturday first XI’s feint hope of promotion was firmly ended with a heavy 130-run defeat to Luton Town & Indians.

Luton chose to bat first at Wardown Park and started well, with Bashir hitting 57, however the introduction of spinners Darlow, Esh and Slawinski slowed the run rate and ripped out the middle and lower order.

Luton went from 101-1 to 178-9, with Slawinski taking 4-29 and Esh 4-33. Luton closed the innings on 185-9, with Monty Panesar 4 n/o.

Luton’s spinners then followed suit and terrorised the Ampthill batting. They were soon in trouble and slumped to 35-7. Paul Strong top scored with 10 as the innings ended 55 all out.

Hasan and Irshad took three wickets each, with Panesar and Wagh snaring two apiece. The win means Luton are crowned Saracens Hertfordshire League Division One champions.

Meanwhile, Langleybury beat Ampthill Saturday 2s by three wickets at the Park.

Ampthill started brightly with Gavin Howson scoring 33 and Phil Clark 30, however a middle order collapse was only saved by a ninth-wicket partnership of 47 by Andy Passman (31 n/o) and David Morgan (23 n/o) as the innings closed on 200-8.

Clark took two early wickets in the Langleybury reply but the pick of the bowlers was Ollie Evans (4-25). However the visitors squeezed home with 10 balls and three wickets remaining.

The Saturday 3s lost their last league game at Old Warden by 11 runs. Old Warden scored 182-7 in their 45 overs, with Sam Wilson taking 3-51. Alan Reynolds top scored with 48 and Richard Blunt hit 32 late on, however they were bowled out on 171 in the last over.

Meanwhile the Saturday 4s lost their final league game by 33 runs at Pilgrims Oakley. The Pilgrims scored 199-8 in their 40 overs, with youngster Matt Houghton taking 4-26.

A 97-run partnership between Jon Keeling (45) and Lee Houghton (39 n/o) was not enough as the innings closed on 166-6.

Sunday’s friendly game was abandoned due to the heavy rain, while Monday’s derby against Steppingley was also cancelled due to the bad weather.