Knebworth Park’s magnificent run of eight wins in succession finally came to an end with defeat at Dunstable 2nds on Saturday.
In spite of accurate opening bowling by Charlie Randall 1 for 20 and Kobie Richmond 1 for 30 they couldn’t break the back of the home team’s batting.
A strong middle order partnership lifted them onto 217 all out with Alex Richmond bagging 4 for 56 and Asif Mahmood and Matt Hutchinson picking up two apiece.
On a benign slow wicket runscoring wasn’t always easy. After securing promotion the previous week, The Park’s performance lacked its usual sharpness.
In reply The Park lost the two early wickets of inform Louis Champion and Archie Stephens against good accurate bowling. Josh Roseberry grafted a marathon 40 balls for his 9 and skipper Adam Sergeant 25 sought to haul the innings round but wickets kept falling and only a determined 30 from Randall and Kobie Richmond 29 salvaged a decent score of 169 all out, the final wicket falling in the 48th over.
The second team entered their relegation match at home to Radlett 4ths knowing a win would all but seal survival!
Losing the toss and being asked to bowl Knebworth set about restrcting Radlett, George Neville tight opening spell producing a tight first 5 overs was backed up by Danny Digweed’s who 0 for 20 from his ten.
Unfortunately fielding woes let them down with a number of dropped catches aiding Radlett to set a competitive 255 for 6 from their 50.
Having chased a similar score the week previously, Knebworth set about reaching their desired target in bullish fashion! Wayne Hunt 42 along with opener Mark Woods who made a magnificent 101 laid the foundation for what should have been a routine chase – with the score at 180-2 with a required rate of six an over when Woods departed subsequently led to a collapse by the Park who ended on 211 all out.
Taking 13 points from the match leaves above Radlett and still within their own hands!
The thirds again failed to capitalise on a good start. After Miles Baron 41 and Adam Hassall 26 lifted the total to 107 for 2, they then slid to 138 all out which visitors Reed chased down comfortably for the loss of two wickets.