Wagh’s five in vain as Indians forced to hold on at Hitchin

Luton Town & Indians celebrate the wicket of Ampthill batsman Callum Riches on Sunday as he is bowled by Sachin Wagh
Luton Town & Indians celebrate the wicket of Ampthill batsman Callum Riches on Sunday as he is bowled by Sachin Wagh

Sachin Wagh claimed five wickets but Luton Town & Indians were forced to settle for a draw at Hitchin in their Saracens Herts League Division One clash on Saturday.

The hosts finished on 201-9 as Wagh finished with 5-41, while England spinner Monty Panesar took 2-40.

Indians then lost openers Adnan Bashir and Jaswinder Singh with the score on just eight, before in-form Wagh fell first ball, trapped lbw after trying an audacious sweep.

Dhruv Patel and Tom Mills set about rebuilding the innings, adding 75, before Mills was caught behind for 34.

Once Patel was dismissed for 45, with Indians on 96-6, Town adopted safety first tactics and, despite Panesar falling for a golden duck, they clung on at 118-8.

The IIs beat Sawbridgeworth IIs in Division Three by seven wickets.

Sawbridgeworth could only make 236-9, with Indians surpassing their total on 239-3.

In Division Five B, the IIIs defeated Chipperfield Clarendon by 68 runs.

Batting first, Luton reached 191-8 as Clarendon fell short on 123.

Division Nine A saw Luton Town & Indians IVs defeat Hatfield Hyde by 33 runs.

Indians made 203-7 in their innings, with Hatfield Hyde II all out for 170.

On Sunday, Luton Town & Indians were four wicket winners over Ampthill Town in their Beds County League Premier Division contest.

The visitors chose to bat, and were restricted to 208-8 as Sachin Wagh was the best bowler, claiming 3-34.

There were also wickets for Mohammed Ismael (2-46), Sajad Homyoon (2-29) and Muhsin Raquib (2-16).

Despite losing three early wickets, Dhruv Patel (63) and Tom Mills (61) did the bulk of the legwork in the middle order as Town reached 211-6.

The IIs lost by seven wickets to Biggleswade in Division One.

In a match reduced to 28 overs, Luton reached 105-6 with Jeremy Page top-scoring with 32.

However, Biggleswade then eased to 107-3 in reply.

The IIIs’ Division Three match at Bedford was abandoned with the hosts on 46-1.

The IVs hammered Cople by 10 wickets in a match lasting just 12.3 overs.

Rickesh Patel took stunning figures of 5-0 from 5.3 overs, while Sailesh Patel claimed 3-14 as only two of Copley’s batsmen troubled the scorers.

It took Luton just 12 balls to reach their target, with Jugdeep Singh 11 not out.