Opening bat Josh Roseberry led Knebworth Park to thrilling victory over Chorleywood with an excellent 65 not out to kick start their campaign in the Saracens Herts League Division 2a.
They crept over the line with only three balls to spare chasing 120, a target reduced because of a break for rain after a controlled team bowling performance had restricted the home side to 165 for 9 off 43.5 overs.
The win followed up other victories in the National Village Cup over Championship side Langleybury and neighbours Tewin.
On another rain splattered day, Knebworth half expected their longest journey of the season to the far West of the county to be futile, only to find the pitch playable.
Skipper Adam Sergeant called correctly and won the toss to bowl first.
Openers Niels Hart 1-29 and Gareth Jones 2-30 made the hosts struggle for runs as they crawled to 68 for 3 off 20 overs.
Archie Stephens 1-39 and Guy Warman 2-27 maintained the accuracy and as they sought to up the run rate in the final overs, Alex Richmond bagged 4 for 39.
The Park’s reply had an initial setback with the loss of Kobie Richmond, and then Roseberry and Charlie Randall had to graft hard for runs.
In-form Randall fell for 13 and then Sergeant 26 in a vital stand of 51 with Roseberry lifted them onto 85 for 2 with ten overs left. Sergeant’s dismissal was followed by a flurry of further wickets in the scramble for the winning runs as they slipped to 107 for 6.
In a crucial 28th over Roseberry hit ten runs in opening bowler Smithson’s final over, but thereafter in a tense climax it took almost six overs to snatch the last 12 runs.
Fittingly, it was Roseberry that struck a four to win the game with three balls remaining as the Park closed on 122 for 7.
This was an impressive win over the team that finished top last season and who the Park had lost to on the last two occasions. They now move forward to home matches this weekend against Abbots Langley in the league on Saturday and Northchurch in the next round of the National Village Cup on Sunday.