Broxbourne 238-4 v Knebworth Park 150 all out
Knebworth Park arrived at Broxbourne still looking for their first win of the season.
But on what looked like a good surface, big outfield and with the temperature getting hotter, they knew it was going to be a tough day.
After losing the toss and asked to field, it was key that they made early inroads into a strong Broxbourne batting line-up.
The opening partnership of Ali Khan and Charlie Randall was unable to make any early breakthroughs and, after the first eight overs, Broxbourne were in a good position at 60-0.
Gareth Jones replaced Randall at one end and Khwar Iqbal’s left arm spin was brought into the attack at the other end, both doing a great job of stemming the flow of runs although neither could make the breakthrough.
But the pressure began to tell, with Graham Fisher claiming the first wicket with the score on 100.
Ollie O’Brien was introduced into the attack and bowled a controlled spell against two set batsmen. He picked up the wicket of opener Mohammed Ahmed for 89 and finished with figures of 1-42 from his seven overs.
Fisher, who finished with 2-43 from seven overs, and Mo Asif grabbed another wicket each, helping Knebworth restrict Broxbourne to 238-4.
Jono Evetts and Josh Roseberry got the Knebworth innings off to a positive start, both manipulating the field and putting away the bad balls.
The partnership reached 50 before Evetts fell for 29 but he was immediately followed by Archie Stephens who left his first ball and was given out LBW.
New man Sibet Hussain (20) and Roseberry (33) pushed along, taking the score to 90 before Hussain was given out stumped.
The innings then fell away. With six of the top seven getting in and getting out, the innings never had momentum and Knebworth were 150 all out from 40 overs.
Under-16 opening bowler Jack Randall, pictured, took a hat-trick in returning excellent figures of 5 for 46 for Knebworth Park II against high-riding Northwood Town
With economical support from Ian Pickering and James Roos they kept the visitors score to 285 for 7 on a good batting surface at the Park.
Pickering (24) and James Hobbs (33), whose previous game had seen him score a century for the Fourths, were going well at 77 for 2 but once Pickering was bowled trying to up the scoring rate the innings petered away against a useful bowling attack.
Northwood Town II 274-3 v Knebworth Park III 125 all out
The Thirds were well beaten by Northwood II.
Opening bowlers and Bella Hopcraft and skipper Jonathan Cirkel bowled tidily as the opening pair set up as big total.
Ben Childs looked like he may break through with some good pacey bowling including one nick through which unfortunately was dropped.
Adam Hassall also caused a few issues but the openers continued comfortably to 140.
However, with the introduction of Catherine Cirkel and the continued accuracy of Hassall at the other end, the runs did slow down considerably and the two wickets that fell soon after were just reward for the bowling accuracy if not falling to the bowlers themselves.
First, the Northwood captain was a victim to his own lazy running when Ian Murrill, having chased a drive to the boundary flicked the ball back to a following Bella Hopcraft who then, hit the stumps with a direct throw.
Soon after, following a drive direct to Imogen Lightning fielding at wide mid-on, the non-striking other opener, now on 97, backed up and failed to return to his crease before Imogen superbly threw the stumps down with a direct hit.
The Northwood Town batters gradually rebuilt and started taking on more deliveries.
Imogen Lightning bowled well flighted leg breaks before Childs got the last of the three wickets to fall with a very well taken high caught-and-bowled on his follow through
The innings closed on a very good 274-3
The Park’s reply started steadily with both Phil Wheeler hitting the few loose balls the opening bowler gave and Hassall managing the pace from the other end before the Park slumped to 32-5.
Childs struck several blows including a flat-batted straight six before departing LBW for a brisk 20.
With KPCC at 60-7, John Inman and Catherine Cirkel batted excellently together to try to get Knebworth to a respectable score.
Inman eventually fell to a catch by the keeper for a supporting 14 while Catherine finished with a well made 43.
The Park finished on 123 all out from 30 overs.