Howson hits a ton as Ampthill win a thriller

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Skipper Gavin Howson’s unbeaten 104 was the highlight of the weekend as Ampthill Saturday II beat Dunstable II in a high scoring game at Ampthill Park.

In a rain-affected game, Dunstable inserted Ampthill and the hosts declared on 225-4 off 42 overs.

Clark also chipped in with 66 and Strong added 30.

Dunstable had 38 overs to chase down the total, and 30s from Barker, Harvey and Marshall supported Horton who made 74.

Dunstable needed just 32 to win off the last four overs, but were all out on the last ball needing four to win. Morgan took 4-51.

The Saturday first XI suffered a five-wicket defeat in a rain-affected game at Old Finchleians.

Having been bowled out for just 100 in 32 overs, the home side were cruising at 54-1 when the rain came.

A long delay meant only another seven overs were possible, however this was enough for the runs to be scored with 5 wickets down.

The Saturday third team set Pavenham & Felmersham 183 to win after Alex Evans top scored with an unbeaten 40 in their 35 overs.

However, Hussain was in sparkling form for the visitors and hit an unbeaten 114 as his side won by nine wickets with seven overs to spare.

Ampthill IV were set exactly 200 to win by Langford as Lee Houghton took 3-51 in his nine overs.

With only 32 overs to get the runs, this proved a tall order and the innings closed on 90-7 – Nick Furr top scoring with 26.

There was a high scoring game at Blunham Playing fields on Sunday as the Ampthill first XI chased 305.

They made a good fight of chasing the total and eventually were bowled out for 259 with 10 balls left.

Dean Bryce top scored with 78 n/o and Tyla Scarles hit 43.

The Sunday 2s were defeated at home by Blunham II by 76 runs.

Blunham lost the toss and were asked to bat first but 70 from Sadd and 54 from Hurst got them to 206 for 9 off their 40 overs. Young Marcus Lake taking 4-54 in 8 overs.

The reply never gathered any momentum and wickets fell regularly as only Nick Key got going as he top scored with 35. Jimmy Potter was last man with the total on 130 and still 12 overs left.

The Sunday 3s were well beaten by Queens Park Westfield at Marston. Ampthill’s youngsters were bowled out for 77 with Simeon Clipstone carrying his bat for 19. The visitors knocked off the runs in just 8.1 overs for a 10-wicket win.