Knebworth Park 167 all out v Kings Langley 168-5
Knebworth travelled to Kings Langley for their eighth game of the season, still searching for their first win of the season.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Josh Roseberry and Charlie Randall got off to a solid start, both punishing anything too full to the boundary.
But with the score on 40 without loss, Knebworth got themselves into trouble, as they have done too many times this year.
Randall was bowled for 17 triggering a collapse. They slumped to 55-5, before youngsters Ollie O’Brien and Archie Stephens started rebuilding.
Both players showed great maturity, taking their time, running hard and finding the boundary frequently.
They put on a 58-run partnership before O’Brien was dismissed for 21, pulling a short ball to midwicket.
Stephens fell soon after caught at mid off for 26.
This brought Gareth Jones to the crease. Jones, along with the able support of Ali Khan, started to accumulate runs.
Jones was in fine form, and when he was dismissed caught cover for 37 the innings came to a swift end with Knebworth posting a competitive score of 167.
Knebworth knew they were well in the game as Kings Langley had been struggling this year with the bat just as much as they had.
But the two openers got off to a steady start, putting on 80 for the first wicket before one of them had to retire hurt, the heat eventually getting too much.
The spin twins of Khawar Iqbal and veteran Graham Fisher toiled away at both ends.
Fisher picked up a couple of wickets. Ali Khan returned back to the attack and grabbed another caught at square leg.
But it wasn’t enough, with Kings Langley’s skipper taking the side over the line to win by four wickets
A couple of dropped catches in the field from Park could be looked back on as costly but, in truth, they needed a few more runs to put real pressure on the opposition.
They welcome Ickleford this Saturday, marking the half way stage of the season.
Knebworth Park II 208 all out v Old Haberdashers 209-1
The Seconds went down to a nine-wicket defeat, despite a spirited batting performance, led by skipper Rob Morley (72), the returning Adam Sergeant (38) and veteran nurdler Ian Pickering (22).
Having won the toss on a blistering day, Knebworth fought hard to compile runs in the face of disciplined bowling and an exceptional team effort in the field from opponents, Old Haberdashers.
The eventual total of 209 all out, achieved in the penultimate over, felt about par on a good wicket, but one that was perhaps slightly slower on to the bat than anticipated.
Morley was to suffer later from his exertions with the bat, when he was forced to leave the field in the eighth over through heat exhaustion, replaced as skipper by Ian Woods, and behind the stumps by Sergeant.
Despite the half time optimism, Haberdashers opener Hugh Brannan took advantage of some woeful Park bowling to see his side home with a classy, chanceless and measured 119 not out.
Knebworth will take comfort from a much improved final 20 overs in the field but must start more quickly with the ball in hand if they are going to progress in the second half of the season.
Knebworth Park III 114 all out Luton Town & Indians IV 117-7
The Thirds put up a great effort against Luton Town and Indians IV.
After only managing 114 on a benign wicket, they made the visitors work hard for victory, scrambling home by three wickets with 117 for 7.
Knebworth Park IV 134-8 v Potters Bar IV 136-2
The Park fielded a Fourth team out for several weeks but went down to a crushing defeat to high riding Potters Bar IV.
As everywhere else, temperatures were high and on what looked like an excellent batting track with a short boundary one side, skipper Jonathan Cirkel won the toss and elected to bat first.
This looked like it would be the right decision with Phil and Richard Wheeler both getting a good start despite riding their luck a bit with Potters Bar putting down a few catches.
The bowling appeared to be nothing special and the Park’s batters all looked forward to having a good day of scoring runs and putting on a big total for the opposition to chase.
Phil Wheeler went for 17 and brother Richard was caught at slip for 26 with the score on 53.
John Inman (13) and Sophie Stewardson (16) then batted sensibly but once they went the innings unfolded despite Richard Jones staying around for a while for a decent 18.
Ethan Murrill (12) and Bella Hopcraft (11) did their best to get Knebworth to a defendable total and to ensure we batted the full 40 overs.
The 134-8 final tally was, given the conditions, unlikely to ever be enough.
Potters Bar then strode home to victory quickly by eight wickets in spite of Bella Hopcraft taking 2 for 32.