Following a wash-out the previous week, Knebworth Park were keen to start the second half of the season as they had begun in May with a victory over Hoddesdon.
Skipper Charlie Randall won the toss and decided to bat first on a notoriously high-scoring ground.
Openers Richard Leather and Phil Simpson batted steadily against the new ball, punishing any width offered by the Hoddesdon bowlers and building a solid platform from which a large score could be set.
Having seen off the Hoddesdon new-ball attack, the score had progressed to 78-0 before Simpson fell to off-spinner Curtis, who at times was able to extract significant turn and bounce from the wicket.
Parth Patel showed positive intent against and looked in good form, dispatching a full toss for a large six over the leg side. He had taken his score to 20 and, at the other end, Leather had reached his half-century before Patel fell to an outstanding one-handed diving catch in the covers.
This sparked a mini-collapse which saw Adam Sergeant, Leather for 63, Josh Roseberry and then Shaun Robinson all fall immediately before the lunch interval.
At that point, Park were battling to get a score that resembled anything close to par. Lunch was taken with the score on 142-6 with James Leather having hit the last ball of the session for a six over long-off.
Things got worse for the Park after Lunch when Randall was stumped off the bowling of Curtis.
However, this proved to be a turning point for the Park as James Leather and Danny Digweed tried to rebuild. Digweed was well caught following a well timed pull shot for ten.
He was replaced by Luke Chapman who played his naturally aggressive game from the start, launching two memorable sixes, first a pull shot off Thorne and then a straight drive.
Together with James Leather, who was also scoring freely they put the pressure back on Hoddesdon and the number of mistakes in the field increased as the fielding side were clearly rattled by this Park counter-attack.
James Leather was caught on the boundary for an outstanding 48.
The fun didn’t stop there as No.11 Tom Elliott got in on the act, also clearing the long on boundary and then the square leg boundary which took the Knebworth score to 254 before Elliott holed out to long-off. Chapman finished with an excellent 41 not-out.
Park took the momentum into the mid-innings break although they were aware that their total was short of the target they had set themselves.
After the first ball of the Hoddesdon innings was pulled for four by Walters, the Park opening attack of Charlie Randall and James Leather, buoyed by his earlier batting performance, got quickly into their stride.
Randall took the first wicket before Leather bowled Hoddesdon captain Walters. Randall struck again as the batsman fended a short ball to gully.
At the other end, James Leather was making the most of good conditions for swing bowling, moving the ball in both directions to trouble the Hoddesdon batsmen.
Curtis fell caught in the gully to an exceptional reaction catch from Josh Roseberry before stand-in keeper Sergeant dived full stretch to to an edge off the bowling of James Leather.
Going into the tea interval, Park were in a very strong position with 34 overs remaining to take the final five Hoddesdon wickets.
Park were briefly frustrated after the interval as edges either evaded fielders or were poorly dropped when they did go to hand.
Randall was aggrieved not to have his next wicket, with an appeal for caught behind as the batsman flashed at a short wide ball.
This seemed to refocus the Park side as Randall then had Jones caught at second slip by Robinson.
At the other end, Tom Elliott replaced the tiring James Leather and picked up his first wicket caught at first slip by Simpson.
As Park strove for the final three wickets necessary to win the game, Hoddesdon dug in, making Park work hard for every opportunity.
After Randall’s long spell, Patel was introduced to the attack. He immediately caused trouble finding turn and bounce and consistently hit a good area.
For a while the ball would not go to hand, before a loose drive provided Simpson with the easiest of catches at first slip.
A couple of tough chances went to ground before Patel struck again, generating a leading edge which was held by Randall at short cover.
Hoddesdon’s final pair had several overs to bat to save the game and stubbornly resisted.
However, James Leather produced one final effort ball to bounce Thorne who fended the ball away to the leg side where a simple catch was taken and the victory secured.