Kings Langley v KPCC, Sat 29th May 2021
Knebworth Park 1st XI made it five wins from five competitive outings this summer with a comfortable victory over old rivals Kings Langley.
On the first hot day of summer for cricket, Park lost the toss on a slow, low track that had not fully recover from the recent spell of damp weather, yet posted what proved to be an above par 179 all out.
This was led by an excellent 74 from Charlie Randall, who was well support by 44 from Josh Roseberry. Both displayed patience and careful shot selection in compiling a partnership of 85 that proved to be the difference between the sides.
In reply, Langley made a quick start reaching 24 without loss from five overs against some uncharacteristically loose bowling from normally consistent openers Gareth Jones (1-25) and Niels Hart (0-11).
But, once Archie Stephens was introduced as early as the fifth over, followed by club stalwart Guy Warman shortly after, both with pace off, Park were able to stem the scoring, and set a heavily ringed off side field that the home team were unable to penetrate.
During an unbroken combined spell of twenty overs, Stephens returned a match-winning 4-10, with Warman contributing 3-25. Once the damage was done, league debutant Ben Parkash finished things off with 2-11.
It can be argued that Park had the better of the umpiring decisions second half, and they will also be concerned by that early blip in the field, but that was quickly remedied and an 87 run victory was fair reward for a good day’s work, built once again around one excellent batting partnership and a smart and varied bowling attack.
Onwards now to a huge double header next weekend, against Watford in the league at home, followed by the Beds and Herts Divisional Final of The Village Cup, versus Preston, away, on Sunday.