Monty reins in Otters over a wet weekend

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Rain was the main winner in Flitwick’s weekend double-header against Luton Town & Indians at Wardown Park.

After rain seeped under the covers ahead of the Saracens Hertfordshire Championship match on Saturday, the Luton groundstaff turned to using a disposable barbeque to help dry troublesome patches, and they were able to salvage a reduced match of 41 overs a side.

Monty Panesar, the former England spinner on his way back from personal problems, delivered a spell of 12-4-19-1 to help shackle Flitwick in their response to 176-7.

Nadeera Nawela’s unbeaten 42 helped the Otters hung on for a draw on 78-6.

In Division 4A, Stevenage II declined from a century opening stand to 205-5 at the Hardy Vale, but the total proved sufficient to beat Flitwick II by 58 runs.

Mark Umlauf’s dismissal for 44 signalled the end for the Otters.

Stephen Allen recorded personal-best figures of 5-21 as Flitwick III maintained their 100 per cent record in Division 9A.

Despite a 15-minute shower which dampened an already tricky pitch, Flitwick were able to make 201-8 declared against Harpenden Dolphins, with Andrew Summerfield contributing 58.

Robert Timms then took a pair of brilliant one-handed catches at short leg as Dolphins collapsed to 103.

In Sunday’s Greene King Bedfordshire League programme, Flitwick’s Premier Division match at Luton and Flitwick III’s game against Eaton Bray II were both rained off.

Flitwick II did manage a modest 158-6 after a delayed start against Luton Town & Indians III. Timms struck 50 and Shoaib Rashid 38.

Luton were 12-2 after three overs when a downpour ended the match.