Knebworth Park 285-9 v Langleybury 289-5
Knebworth Park came mighty close to pulling off a brilliant win in a high-scoring match against high-riding Langleybury before going down by five wickets with four balls remaining.
In probably their best performance of the season, The Park rattled up 285 for 9 in a spirited batting performance and seemed to have a great chance with the opposition needing 40 to win off the final four overs. But a flurry of fours and sixes took the visitors home.
The Park innings started brightly. Although they lost Josh Roseberry for nine, Mo Asif (27) and Adam Sergeant (50) laid the base for a big score.
Sibet Hussain with a fine 66 and Jono Evetts (24) took the total to 198 for 3 but then both fell at the same score followed three runs later by Louis Clayton.
Youngsters Ollie O’Brien (27) and Archie Stephens (34 not out) batted with maturity to take the score to 264 for 7 and, with five overs left, the Park were well placed for a total above 300.
However, they could only manage 21, although last man Graham Fisher (13 not out) struck a big six to lift the total to 285 for 9.
Langleybury’s reply began strongly before Evetts pulled off a fine stumping off Asif to remove opener Mo Manzoor.
Fellow opener Tom Carson (76) and Yuvresh Malhatra (45) laid a strong platform.
Malhatra fell to Fisher (1 for 48) who cleverly restricted the run rate. But Carson and Danny Walker (97 not out) added a further 96 for the third wicket to put them in pole position.
Slow bowlers Asif and Khwar Iqbal (2 for 56) and medium-pacer Hussain kept the runs in check, which led to fall of three wickets and kept the game finely balanced at 237 for 5 with six overs left.
Two gilt-edged run out opportunities and a dropped catch would have strengthened the Park’s position further.
But Walker struck 27 off 11 deliveries and Khalid Manzoor 19 not out off ten balls to seal a dramatic win that was harsh on a Knebworth team that had performed so well.
Sandridge 247-8 v Knebworth Park II 118 all outThe Seconds went down to a heavy defeat to Sandridge as their batting let them down once more.After being asked to field, the bowlers put in a decent stint, never letting the home side get away.Ian Pickering (2-35) removed both openers after a solid stand which threatened to take the game away from the Park.The impressive Kobie Richmond picked up 3 for 31, while Ian Woods (2-54) was as steady as ever as Sandridge finished on a respectable but gettable 247 for 8.Knebworth’s reply began disastrously and were 10 for 3 inside five overs before the returning David Steadman, batting in pain owing to his rib injury, unfurled a succession of powerful blows.He showed what was possible as he dominated the strike and scoring in a 53-run fourth wicket stand with Pickering.
But he was out to a superb catch as he tried to heave the Sandridge spinner over the fence.
Pickering (34 not out) batted through the innings but could find no one to stay with him as the Park subsided to 118 all out.
Knebworth Park III 128 all out v Old Cholmeleians II 129-5
The Thirds lost by five wickets to Old Cholmeleians.
James Hobbs (32) and Ryan Hassell (19) top scored in the Park total of 128.
It did not look enough but Ben Childs picked up two wickets and fellow opener and skipper James Roos one as the visitors slipped to 50 for 4.
But the visitors lost only one more wicket in chasing down victory with 17 overs to spare.
Jo Coulsdon and Bella Hopcraft also picked up a wicket each.
Hitchin IV 159-9 v Knebworth Park IV 110 all out
David Mantle with 3 for 19 and Richard Wheeler (2 for 10) did most of the damage in bowling out Hitchin IV for 159.
The Park began well with openers Amelia Kemp (23) and Richard Wheeler (14), but thereafter wickets fell all too regularly and only a cameo from chairman Bill Martin boosted the score to 110.