A spirited bowling performance gave a glimpse of what this young Thirds side is capable of as they made visitors London Colney work hard for victory on Saturday.
Under-13 Jack Randall took two wickets in two balls, under-15 Catherine Cirkel claimed a well-deserved wicket during an excellent spell of slow bowling and under-13 Ollie O’Brien produced the ball of the match to rip out the visitors’ best player.
There was also an excellent run out from under-16 Matt Inman as he swooped in to take advantage of hesitancy between the batsmen – both teachers at his school.
Two brilliant bits of fielding on the boundary from Catherine also showed how the side refused to give up.
However, the bowlers were left to rue the efforts of their batsmen as London Colney edged past the Park’s inadequate 101 all out.
Earlier, the toss proved crucial as the Park were asked to bat on a slow, sticky wicket where the ball occasionally popped off a good length.
Jonathan Cirkel provided the main resistance scoring a fluent 30 before holing out to cover. Captain Ian Pickering (13) and Inman (13) were rebuilding without alarm in a solid eight-wicket partnership when Pickering was adjudged LBW.
Catherine Cirkel (10) also provided late order resistance but the Park finished what was to prove 40 or 50 runs shy of a competitive total.