After a week’s break, Ampthill Town CC’s first XI returned to action in the Bedfordshire County League Division One on Sunday, with a 91-run win at Dunstable IIs.
Batting first, the visitors set Dunstable a target of 192 with Ben Slawinski hitting 57 ably supported by Pat Brooke (37) and Ben Collinge (21).
Early wickets had Dunstable in trouble with Alex Evans taking 3-23 and Jimmy Potter 2-31. Slawinski then completed his man of the match performance with 3-13 as Dunstable were bowled out for 100 in the 28th over.
The triumph maintains top spot over also victorious Biggleswade.
The Sunday IIs had a good win over high flying Harrold by 57 runs in Division Three.
Raj Nahar followed up his maiden hundred with 51, while Richard Haxell (33) and Michael Wiles (31) set a total of 219-9.
Neal Casley’s 3-36 struck at the top of the Harrold innings and two wickets each for Joey Evans and Martin Warman saw Harrold dismissed for 162.
The IIIs lost by five wickets against Eaton Bray in Division Six.
Dan Massa 32 not out and Graeme Presswell 28 set a total of 150-5, but Eaton Bray got home with 12 overs to spare as Ben White picked up 2-13.
The Development XI lost by 10 wickets at Offley & Stopsley after scoring 118-9, their opponents reaching 119-0.
The Saturday firsts had the better of a draw against Shenley Village in Saracens Herts League Division One.
Ampthill batted first and Jarryd Biviano scored his fourth century of the season with 118 in a total of 218-7, Chris Esh offering good support with 47 not out.
Shenley ended short on 192-8 with Esh taking 3-59 and two wickets each for Will Sneath and Ben Slawinski.
Dropped catches cost the IIs victory against Reed IIs as they also drew.
Reed recovered from 44-4 and 180-9 to make 211-9 as Robbie Thomas and Phil Clark took two wickets each.
The last wicket partnership made a difference as Ampthill closed on 186-6, Paul Strong unbeaten on 52 and Rob Cummings on 38.
The IIIs played a friendly at Hitchin IVs after Old Warden conceded the league game.
Batting first Ampthill scored 255-3 in 40 overs, Michael Wiles hitting his maiden century scoring exactly 100 and Nat Howson a quickfire 63.
The bowlers then skittled Hitchin for 57 in 27 overs, Will Shaw taking 3-6, plus two wickets each for Luke Hardwidge, Neal Casley and Rob McLeod.
The IVs lost by 47 runs to Hexton, despite bowling their opponents out for 131 thanks to Jon Keeling (3-25), Ben Truppin (2-23) and Richard Blunt (2-39). Blunt top scored with 21, but Ampthill were rolled over for just 84.
>> Lidlington CC defeated Eggington Foresters by eight wickets.
Foresters batted first as they were dismissed for 106, with Ricky Dobbs, Tom Bland and David Whitfield taking three wickets each.
In reply Lidlington openers Steve Swann (29) and Hamayun Shahid added 81.
Shahid continued his good form with an attacking 62 not out as he guided Lidlington to 107-2.