After the run fest of the previous week, Knebworth Park felt the brunt of defeat on Saturday in going down by seven wickets to Hertford 2nds.
Batting first nearly all the batsmen made good starts but never pressed on to a sizeable score as Hertford bowled with discipline although with no great threat but importantly backed up by excellent catching.
Opening bat Haydon Bartlett Tasker and Rob Morley 23 apiece, Kobie Richmond 41 and Alex Richmond 32 not out took them to 211 all out with Ben Van Rooyen 3 for 47 the most successful bowler.
Apart from Charlie Randall’s 1 for 35 off his ten overs the Park failed to bowl well and missed a few catching chances that could have made a difference.
Van Rooyen 52, Ollie Ray 52 not out and Hugh Reid 58 not out took Hertford home with ten overs to spare with 214 for 3.
The second team enjoyed their first win of the season in beating Rickmansworth 2nds by six wickets to bounce back brilliantly after their heavy loss the week before.
After Rickie set off punishing any loose delivery Ian Hildenbrandt and Ian Woods pegged them back before the spin of Adam Sergeant 1-42 and Graham Fisher 4-35 changed the course of the game, eventually restricting Rickmansworth to 230 for 9 with a notable knock of 77 from Waahab Choudhry
Skipper Mark Woods (41) who punished anything full with an array of eye catching cover drives led the run chase aided by Sergeant, coming back from an early season broken hand injury, with an opening stand of 90.
Sergeant and Danny Digweed carried on the chase batting in a stand of 110 to take the game away from Rickmansworth.
Sergeant ended with 111 and Digweed ending 53 not out in a total of 231or 4.
The thirds just fell short in a run chase in going down by 19 runs to Hitchin 4ths.
The visitors raced away to a fast start with the bat before the experienced Gavin Skeggs and John Inman reined them in and wickets started to fall including smart work in the field by Rafi Comabarro and Tarun Ralla forcing two run outs in a total of 215 for 6
A solid start from Inman (16) and skipper Miles Baron (34) started the reply well but were falling behind the run rate before Combarro (23) and Ryan Ellis (61) gave them a scent of winning before both fell in the final overs eventually ending 20 short on 195 for 9.
The 4th team romped to their first win of the season in defeating 4s Welwyn Garden City 5ths.
Thick outfield made runs hard to come by as the home side were bowled out for 159. Louis Hobbs 3 for 15 and Masood 3 for 14. The Park chased down with 37 for Ahmed Abdi, 33 for Ryan Loonan and 32 for Nick Banks.
On Sunday a Development XI had a thrilling tie with Datchworth, the Park scrambling a run off the last ball.
Under 13s Finn Hobbs took 2 for 32 and Trent Hildenbrandt struck 55, hitting 202 for 9 in reply to 202 for 7.