Ampthill Town CC fell just four runs short of toppling the Lashings AllStar cricket club, as the Stars returned for their second visit.
Despite a lunch time downpour, a full game was played out in front of around 1,000 spectators, as the AllStars set the hosts a target of 173-9 from their 30 overs.
Ian Harvey and Chris Schofield opened for Lashings, and were going strong until Adam Nunn managed to dismiss Schofield.
Then came the spinners in an effort to slow the run rate, and they succeeded, with Geogre Darlow, Joey Evans and Chris Esh taking two wickets each.
A late flurry of dismissals left the visitors 173 runs to defend, and they started well with the ball, as Ampthill’s Jake Duxbury and Nick Barden went the way of 93 international batsmen in being removed by Corey Collymore.
And it got worse for the hosts as spinner Saqlain Mushtaq joined the attck, and Howson and James Kerr were stumped and run out.
Callum Riches came out to attack Mushtaq, and managed to take 30 runs, 22 of which came in an impressive over which included two sixes.
Grant Mohle went for 26, leaving Ampthill five overs in which to find 61 runs.
Esh and Nunn came in at nine and 10 for a final slog to reduce the deficit, and they very nearly erased it completely, as Esh hit 41 and Nunn 27, both not out.
However, the AllStar’s target proved just too much for the tailenders, and Lashings took a four run victory.
Times & Citizen photographer Jane Russell was on hand to capture the best of the action and to view a gallery, click the link above.