A young Park team was given a stern test when a squad of rising stars from New Zealand visited the club on Tuesday.
They were beaten by 30 runs in a 50-over match as the teenage tourists gave a demonstration of high-class batting, bowling and fielding.
The New Zealand side, who are on a 25-day tour of England, rattled up 237-9 in their innings, although the Park’s bowlers stuck to their task, with wickets being shared around. Ben Orchard, brother Jack and First XI off-spinner Luke Chapman were the pick of the attack.
In reply, Parth Patel made 75 and Kafi Khan 30 before the home side were bowled out for 207.
Captain Sam McCrow commented: ‘It was an excellent investment in our youth players to play a competitive 50-over game against high-class opposition.
‘Their fielding was as high a standard as I’ve seen in a long time but I thought our bowlers were excellent and showed great maturity.’