Shaun Robinson cracked a half-century as the seconds recorded a handsome away win… the only victory for the Park on an exciting opening weekend of league action.
The tall all-rounder struck 73 as his side chased down Hatfield Hyde’s 202 with five balls to spare. Alex Richmond also made 44 and Shaun’s brother, Lee, hit 38.
Earlier, Shaun was among the wickets alongside Ross Courtney, who took 3-36.
At the Park, the firsts were well beaten by Old Albanians after they were bundled out for just 90 on a tricky wicket. Adam Sergeant top scored with 26 but the visitors got home by six wickets, with skipper Charlie Randall claiming 2-15.
The thirds, down to ten men and shorn of first choice bowlers, were denied a tremendous victory in a last-over thriller away at Kings Langley II. The home side compiled 212 for 8 in their 50 overs, with Sean Carmody’s men putting in a tremendous effort in the field to keep the scoring in check.
Teenager Harvey Turner was the pick of the bowlers, conceding just 26 runs in his ten overs, and under-15 Archie Stephens claimed two wickets in two terrific overs at the death.
In reply, Ian Woods struck a fine half-century to set up the chase but last man Matt Inman was bowled with just five runs needed off the last two balls.
The fourths, who also played with just ten men, went down by one wicket in a low-scoring thriller against Cockfosters.
Bundled out for just 65, they seemed to have little chance of victory but Joel Curtis (4-21) and John Inman (2-12) kept the game in the balance until the visitors scraped home.