A batting collapse cost the Knebworth Panthers dear in their first game against Hertford in the Nat West T20/20 competition on Friday night.
Winning the toss and electingto bat they were in trouble straight away as Knebworth’s opening batsman Ben Cowell was run out backing up when Brad Dawson stuck out a hand and deflected the ball on to the stumps.
Two more wickets quickly fell, the first a flying diving catch to remove Jack Orchard and the second a direct hit run-out from extra cover to remove Archie Stephens.
This brought together Robert Morley and Ollie Pitts who then proceeded to launch into everything.
The pink ball seemed to be travelling further in flight than the more traditional red one and each boundary was welcomed by Luther Vandross or Michael Jackson blasting out from the pavilion.
Both players were motoring and it was only the silly rule of having to retire at 50 which brought the Hertford Stags some relief.
Their innings were assisted by a couple of dropped catches and overstepping no-balls which brought the free hit into play.
At one stage it looked as though Hertford might be chasing 180+ but Matt Pizzey managed to drag it back by taking 3-29 in his four overs.
The collapse left Knebworth 130 all out.
In reply, Hertford lost Ryan Stevenson for 0. However, it was then Hertford’s Nathan Mead’s turn to show some power hitting and he hit the pink ball very hard straight past the bowler on a number of occasions. Iwan Dawes was just as effective but he kept everything on the carpet choosing the covers as his route of choice.
Mead then had to retire and, although Alice Baird managed to claim two wickets, including Dawes, Hertford got home by six wickets with two overs to spare.