Howson century hits the Hammers hard in Ampthill victory

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Gavin Howson’s third century of the season set up a 25-run win for Ampthill Town Sunday II over Kempston Hammers.

Howson (105 no) and Passman (60) put on 117 in a total of 200-5, before Kempston closed on 175-9 with Neal Casley taking 3-32 and James Potter 2-34.

The Sunday 1s were thrashed at home by top of the table Dunstable. The current league leaders amassed 338-4 in their 45 overs, with centuries for both the openers. Archie Young-Lee top scored with 34 as Ampthill were bowled out for 134.

The Sunday 3s had a high scoring game with Aspley Guise but lost by seven wickets. Ampthill set 205 to win, with skipper Nick Key unbeaten on 86 and Jake Brown adding 48. The Aspley batsmen punished the young bowlers, scoring the winning runs in the 30th over for the loss of just three wickets.

Knebworth Park beat the Saturday 1s in a low scoring Herts League game. Knebworth scored 145-8 off 42 overs; Robbie Thomas taking 2-12. Ampthill struggled from the start and were 28-4 before being skittled for 118, James Kerr top scoring with 39.

The Saturday 2s beat Leverstock Green at the Park. The visitors batted first and were bowled out for 181 in the 50th over, spinners Jamie Casley (4-36) and Phil Clark (3-28) doing the damage. Ampthill’s batting held up this week and they chased down the total in the 33rd over, Pat Brooke with 43, Gavin Howson 36 and extras top scoring with 46.

Steppingley won the local derby against the Saturday 3s by 36 runs. Steppingley scored 199-4 in their 45 – Richard Blunt taking 2-36. Colin Ruddick (31) and Raj Nahar (29) were main contributors in the 163 a/o reply.

Finally the Saturday 4s were involved in a low scoring game with Riseley. Riseley were bowled out for 108 in the 29th over, Ben Truppin mopping up the tail with 3-1 and Kieran Duxbury 3-27. Unfortunately the Ampthill innings never got started and they were bowled out for 56, Nick Furr top scoring with 13.