Records tumble at Ampthill CC

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It was a day where it all came together for the Ampthill Town Saturday 1st XI as Old Finchleians were thrashed by 171 runs at the Park.

Batting first they lost the early wicket of Darlow for 8 before Matt Barnes (149 n/o) and James Kerr (140) added 315 for the second wicket.

Nick Barden ended on 5 no as a record total of 343-2 was scored after 50 overs.

Despite a quick start from the visitors, wickets soon fell and they were bowled out for 172 in the 34th over; Robbie Thomas (3-35) and skipper Chris Esh (3-39) the main wicket takers.

With two league games left, the team now sit fourth in the Saracens Hertfordshire League Division One, with the top two promoted.

It was another high scoring match at the Park on Sunday as Luton Town & Indians came out on top by 39 runs in a rain-affected game.

Luton scored 261-3 off 33 overs, with Wagh hitting 110. There was a brave chase by Ampthill, with 67 from Liam Everitt and 61 from Jake Duxbury, however the innings closed on 222-7.

The Saturday 2s tied with Dunstable at Lancot Park. An unbeaten 74 from Tom Degnan and 64 n/o from Paul Strong set a first innings total of 186-4.

A knock of 63 from Ian Horton nearly got the home side to victory as they scored six of the seven runs needed from the final over, while Dan Bennett was the pick of the bowlers with 4-26.

Graveley were beaten by the Saturday 3s as 43 from skipper Richard Smith and 20s from Colin Ruddick, Sam Craig and Rob McLeod made up a total of 218-8.

Some tight bowling ensured the visitors never got close as they were out for 146, with Sam Clipstone, Rob McLeod and Will Shaw each picking up two wickets.

Graeme Presswell hit 57 in the Saturday 4s’ 174-8 at Biggleswade, however an unbeaten 93 from Paul Wyatt got the home side to victory by nine wickets.

The Sunday 2s’ last league game was also rain affected away to Great Brickhill. The home side and champions elect scored 165-8 off 25 overs, Alex Evans taking 3-48. Despite some late hitting from skipper Haxell (29) Ampthill were bowled out for 132.

Leighton Buzzard Town racked up 264-5 in their 30 overs against the Sunday 4s, with Sam Wilson taking 3-62. Ampthill’s innings never really got going as they finished on 69-3 with young Will Glenister 21 n/o.