Dreams of a league and cup double before a large crowd at home to Broxbourne in the Readers Herts Trophy slid away in the rainy conditions on the last day of the 2017 season on Sunday.
Batting first on a slightly tired surface Knebworth lost Jarrod Turner cheaply as he was caught behind.
This bought Adam Sergeant to the crease to partner Rana Arslan (29) as they looked to set a good score.
After his usual big hitting, Arslan made a misjudgement and was run out. Ryan Skeggs followed soon after.
It was then down to Sergeant, pictured above, and Shaun Robinson (21) to get the runs.
Sergeant batted magnificently unfurling an impressive array of shots as he scored a vital 117.
Sergeant was also aided by Charlie Randall (22) as KPCC posted a seemingly competitive 230.
Broxbourne bowled sensibly, taking the pace of the ball with slow bowling that wasn’t particularly threatening but with a deep set field restricted the run rate.
The Broxbourne batters proceeded to make the chase seem relatively easy as the Park were unable to exert the pressure that has been a hallmark of their season.
Randall (2-54) got a couple of early breakthroughs but runs continued to flow.
As the rain started to fall the surface became easier to bat on. The conditions meant the ball ceased to swing and became difficult to grip for the spinners.
There were a couple of half chances of catches which could have conceivably applied some pressure if taken as the visitors middle order batted with great skill and composure to hurry the score on and take control of the game.
Ridley (44) gave good support but it was Broxbourne captain George Davies (103*) who really won the game with a fine display of how to chase down a total.
Only Guy Warman (1-48) and Ross Courtney (1-29) made any further breakthroughs as the visitors easily secured victory by six wickets with 14.3 overs to spare.
While Knebworth may reflect on what might have been, being in the frame for winning two trophies was a rare achievement.
They can happily look back on a season where they only lost three matches and made considerable progress and improvement from the disappointments of the previous year. It now gives them optimism to build further on a very good year.