The Fifths went down to a strong Tewin II side on Saturday – beaten by a lack of good fortune and in the face of experienced opposition.
Tewin won the toss and elected to bat on what looked like a flat wicket, which proved to be the case from the first overs when the pitch offered nothing to the bowlers and the temperature out in the middle rose steadily.
The bowling attack took a major hit in the 14th over when Sandy Reynolds, who was bowling as accurately as ever and had removed one of the openers, went for a caught and bowled from a well struck ball, split the webbing on his right hand and had to leave the field to go to hospital to have it stitched up – and therefore could play no further part in the game.
All the other bowlers were well supported in the field, which was very fast and any connection with the bat was likely to go for runs, but it was a day for batting and the runs kept flowing – particulary as Knebworth were a man down.
Dave Murphy, on his return to the team, and David Mantle both took a wicket each but the innings concluded on 209-3, which tells its own story.
The batting response started well with James Wareham and Tom Orchard making the most of the conditions but this was stopped in its tracks when Wareham was bowled by a full toss which probably should have been called for a no-ball on height.
Gareth Taylor, on loan from the Sixths, joined Orchard and the runs continued to accumulate before Taylor managed to drag one on to his own stumps from three feet outside off.After that, the experience of the oppostion began to tell as they kept the ball in good areas and took wickets regularly, until the innings ended with the score on 110 – Reynolds being unable to bat because of his earlier injury.
All in all, a learning experience but Knebworth kept a high standard in the field for all 47 overs in the heat and managed to eke five bonus points against a side expected to be challenging for promotion at the end of the year.