Following the previous day’s victory in the league, the Park were optimistic heading into their quarter-final away game against Shenley.
On a dry wicket, slipper Sam Gardiner won the toss and elected to bat.
Losing wickets in heaps was the order of the day for the visitors as they were bowled out for 142.
Adam Sergeant (59) and Gardiner (50) looked to have restored the innings after a magnificent partnership of 115.
At 140-4 a total of 250-plus was achievable until an embarrassing flurry of wickets saw the park lose six wickets for two runs handing the home side the momentum.
After making what was thought to be a significantly under-par total, the Park’s bowlers would need to be at the top of their game to come close.
The innings started positively for the home side racing to 35-0 until Graham Fisher made the breakthrough.
Slow bowling proved to be the way forward for the away side as Gardiner’s 3-19 off his ten led the way to a stunning collapse that saw Shenley reduced to 85 for 7
But Shenley’s No.9 rode his luck to make a match-winning 40, although when he was dismissed two runs were needed by the home team with just one wicket remaining.
A thick edge through the slips handed Shenley the victory knocking the Park out of the County Trophy.
Knebworth will rue another hefty batting collapse where another ten to 15 runs perhaps would have seen a different result.