After the intensity of the last few weeks Knebworth Park found themselves embroiled in a promotion thriller against an enthusiastic Dunstable side needing to win the last match to gain promotion to the Saracens Herts League Championship.
After the Park posted what appeared to be an inadequate 150 all out in failing to use all their 50 overs, Dunstable’s batting then jittered, collapsing to 132 for 9.
A win for the Park would have given Kings Langley promotion and they’d turned up at the ground to cheer every move by Knebworth.
In the end the last pair showed nerves of steel to nudge them across the line to victory, to win by one wicket.
The Park got off to a good start with Luke Chapman’s quick-fire 33 before he was second out with score on 36.
A partnership of 57 between Josh Roseberry and Phil Simpson (25) took them on to 83 before wickets fell regularly and Park collapsed to 112 for 7.
Ben Orchard joined Roseberry and the score reached 141 when the Park opener was out for a resilient 43 off of 120 balls.
Orchard was last out for 21 with Park failing to use the allotted 50 overs.
A wicket apiece from Guy Warman and Orchard reduced Dunstable to 24-2 but then they recovered steadily accumulating runs to 83-2 at the halfway point.
Ross Courtney was introduced after drinks and with his first ball made the breakthrough.
The Dunstable innings followed a similar pattern as the Park and with Sam Gardiner picking up 4 for 19 runs in his 10 overs and Dunstable were reduced to 111-8.
At this point Dunstable’s No.8 struck a quick 20 before he was caught with the score on 132 still 19 short of victory.
However, the last two with the help of some wides (27 conceded by the Park in total) gave Dunstable victory and promotion.