Knebworth Park completed a convincing five-wicket win against London Colney II thanks to a solid team performance.
After London Colney chose to bat first, Guy Johnson and Archie Stephens used the new ball well and picked up an early wicket. Colney then produced a stand of sorts and Park had to knuckle down and try to create pressure.
It took the introduction of Robert Crowe to make the breakthrough and, when he did, wickets began to fall at regular intervals. Crowe bowled with excellent control of line and length all afternoon and thoroughly deserved every single one of his five wickets. He finished with 5 for 22 from his 11 overs.
Bowling in tandem with Crowe was Harvey Turner, who once more got himself among the wickets. Turner used his variations to good effect and claimed three wickets of his own.
All the bowlers were backed up by some good fielding as Park held their catches and this helped them to restrict the visitors to 98 all out, Sayf Khan taking the last wicket.
In reply, Dave Barwick andStephens got off to a solid start, with Barwick in particular punishing any bad balls from the two medium pace opening bowlers.
The score had ticked along to 43 when Barwick was adjudged LBW for 27 runs and this sparked a mini-collapse as Park suddenly found themselves in trouble at 44 for 4.
The ship needed to be steadied and Ian Woods and Crowe did just that, moving the scoreboard along nicely and looking very comfortable at the wicket. Woods played some lovely cover drives during his innings, and Crowe also hit one four straight back over the bowlers head as the victory target came into sight.
Crowe departed just before the end having made an important 18 runs and that left John Inman to join Woods at the crease and see the team over the line. Woods (37*) did this with aplomb as he smashed a six to finish the game and bring the Park another 30 points.