Henlow beat village rivals in Invitation League

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Henlow inflicted the first defeat on Langford in the Invitation League on Saturday - exacting swift revenge over their rivals.

Beaten a fortnight previously by four wickets, Henlow won the return fixture in Division Two by five wickets with more than 10 overs to spare.

This looked unlikely after the visitors were 123-1 in 25 overs (opener Phil Ord making 71) before spinner Scott Spicer (5-16 in seven overs) demolished their middle order to restrict them to 168-8 in their 40 overs.

All-rounders Wayne Bilcock (59) and Lee Ownsworth (40) were the mainstays of the successful Henlow run chase, old boy Luke Peters (4-40 in nine overs) claiming four of the five wickets to fall.

Clifton sailed home to victory against Ampthill fourths.

Clifton wrested early control as opening bowlers Richard Foxall 1-16 and Lewis Bridger 1-25 bowled good tight lines. Gradually Ampthill upped their run rate and set a total of 168.

Clifton started like an express train and never looked back. Richard Foxall (61) and youngster Liam Stevens (91no) both hit aggressively as they put on 140 for the first wicket .

Stevens took Clifton home in just 25 overs with another well timed drive for four. Youngster Matt Houghton 1-16 was the pick of the Ampthill bowlers.

Biggleswade seconds fell to another defeat against Riseley. Their opponents batted first and made good progress in 51-2. Then Cameron Monteith was bowled by Stuart Garwood. Andy Monteith fell toMick Dagless, Martin Kinsella went lbw to Dagless and Bruce Green was caught behind off Garwood, reducing Risely to 61-6 .

King and Miles then shared a partnership of 37. Both were removed by Oli Charter and the side were all out for 118.

In reply Conor Smith and Wyatt put on 26 for the first wicket before Smith edged the keeper Pullin, and soon Wade were 37-4.

Max Smith looked comfortable before being bowled by Caitlin Monteith and Charter was caught behind. Garwood and Dagless then added 25 taking the score to 80 before Garwood became the final caught behind.

Skipper Mark Bentley last man out caught by Cameron Monteith off his father’s bowling Biggleswade were all out for 84, losing by 34 runs.

In Division One Ashad Ahmed took 3-11 as Old Warden beat Ampthill Town thirds by 39 runs in Division One.

Caldecoterecorded a massive win over Blunham fourths in Division Three on Saturday.

Ravi Kodikara scored 114, and Sameem Safia 158 not out as they made 351-4 in 40 overs. Blunham were all out for 78, Karl Madden taking 4-15.