Knebworth Park again failed to record back-to-back victories as a poor batting display left them with not enough runs to play with although they got close to taking the ten wickets needed for victory.
After winning the toss and choosing to bat, the day did not begin well as opener Richard Leather fell to the third ball.
Stand-in opener Ross Courtney followed a couple of overs later and Knebworth were in real trouble.
Parth Patel and Adam Sergeant battled to get the Knebworth innings off the ground but found the going difficult against some tight bowling with the ball swinging in humid conditions.
Sergeant fell to a tough low catch in the gully just before the drinks break with the score 24-3.
With scoring difficult, Knebworth were not able to get any momentum and the next wicket fell when Charlie Randall edged the impressive Joseph through to first slip. Alex Richmond fell without adding to the score, leaving Park 48-5. Patel who had battled his way to 20 was the next to fall.
This brought together Shaun Robinson and James Leather who put together the best partnership in the Knebworth innings.
With the opening bowlers now out of the attack they took advantage of some less disciplined bowling and managed to see out the morning session, meaning Knebworth were six wickets down at lunch.
After lunch, however, Knebworth were still unable to shift the balance of play and Robinson was bowled with the score on 89. James Leather was unfortunate to be adjudged LBW having made 26.
The last two wickets also fell cheaply and Park ended with 111, which was well short of par, reflecting both some excellent bowling from Flitwick but also some very poor batting from the Park.
However, Park knew that they were still in with a chance, if they could take some early wickets to put the pressure on the Flitwick line-up.
The Randall-Sergeant partnership struck twice to remove both Flitwick openers who both edged behind. The third wicket fell with the score on 51 to Patel thanks to an excellent catch from Danny Digweed.
When Patel then had Flitwick captain Thurstance caught at cover, Park were reinvigorated. With Patel and Chapman bowling well, Park applied pressure to incoming batsmen and were reward with their fifth and sixth wickets with the score on 81.
With 31 runs required and four wickets remaining, the game was still in the balance, however Flitwick No.5 Danny Alder coped well with the pressure and steered his side home with a composed 35 not out.
Park had fought hard in the field to take seven wickets but just didn’t have enough runs to play with. In the end, it was a disappointing day when Park were left wondering what could have been if they’d managed to make even another 30 runs.