Ampthill firsts back on track with a victory

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The Ampthill Saturday first XI won their first game in five with a tight two-wicket victory at Kings Langley.

Captain Esh asked the home side to bat first and a superb bowling display by Tyla Scarles had them in trouble at 24-5.

Kings recovered with a fine 72 by Donaldson but were eventually all out for 147 in 42 overs; Scarles finishing with 6-18 off 12 overs including nine maidens.

Scarles also starred with the bat as his 56 set up victory, and he was ably supported by Barden (32) and Darlow (29).

The Saturday 2s, meanwhile, lost out by eight runs in their derby game with table-topping Flitwick II.

Batting first, Flitwick slumped to 58-6 before recovering to 163 all out; Barzilay top scoring with 41 and Degnan taking 5-42.

Ampthill then got off to a flyer, with Clark hitting 46, but the innings fell away and they were bowled out for 155 with eight overs to spare. Nahar scored 34, while Ross Bailey was the chief destroyer with 5-47.

The Saturday 3s lost by two wickets at Houghton Chargers. Batting first, they scored 167-7, with Liam Everitt top scoring with 47 and Richard Smith 40.

The ninth-wicket pair won the game for the hosts as they put on 27 to secure victory with six overs to go, Richard Blunt taking 4-39.

The 4s tied with Biggleswade II at Marston. Batting first, Ampthill scored 166-6 in their 45 overs, with Alan Reynolds top scoring with 71 n/o and James Freeman chipping in with 24.

The game ebbed and flowed and either side could have won it at the end, but Biggleswade ended on the same score with nine wickets down. Alan Reynolds took 3-51, with Lee Houghton and Matt Houghton taking two wickets each.

The only Sunday game saw a friendly team travel to New Bradwell and win by eight wickets.

New Bradwell batted first and were bowled out for just 99 in 23 overs; youngsters Raj Nahar taking 4-30 and Alex Evans 3-22.

The runs were knocked off in under 15 overs, with Jake Brown unbeaten on 25 and Tyla Scarles unbeaten on 42 in just 10 balls.