The firsts clinched a thrilling last over four wicket win over King’s Langley in Saracens Herts League Divsion 2B on Saturday.
Chasing 227 to win accurate seam bowling and smart fielding by the visitors progressively pushed The Park behind the run rate. Openers Louis Champion 37 and Haydon Bartlett Tasker 14 provided a useful start followed up by 25 from Rob Morley. Charlie Randall 56 and Archie Stephens 52 not out in a vital stand of 90 seemingly were on course but gradually the target was slipping away. In the hunt for quick runs Randall was caught behind chasing a wide one and Kobie Richmond fell to a risky shot. It was Roberts who transformed matters with two superb fours in a brisk 14, leaving skipper Matt Hutchinson to scamper the winning runs with three balls remaining. Earlier Langley looked to be posting a huge total as they cruised to 87 for 1 in spite of another fine opening spell from Randall. Alex Richmond 2 for 33 broke through in his opening over as he and Roberts 4 for 47 strangled the visitors with their slow bowling. A fine 83 from Harry Sambrook held together Langley's innings of 226 all out. The second team chalked up a second successive win in beating Welwyn Garden thirds by 71 runs. A quartet of youngsters were the stand- out match winners. Tight Welwyn bowling had plunged them to 93 for 5 including Under 15 Ryan Sheldon Green's 25 before Under 17s James Bedford (39) and Luke Mably (57 not) staged a superb recovery in a stand of 75. Ian Hildebrandt's swashbuckling 28 lifted them to a final total of 228 for 9. Ross Courtney's (3/32) tight opening spell supported by first change Graham Fisher (0/18) made it difficult for Welwyn to get going. Then young leg spinner Rafi Combarro (5/47) came on with Welwyn needing to accelerate the run rate but fine bowling from the youngster, backed by smart catching behind the stumps by Bedford took the game away from Welwyn. At the other end Adam Sergeant's 2/19 completed the win in bowling out Welwyn for 157 . To make it a hat-trick of wins on an excellent day for the club, the 4th team had a convincing 83-run win over Letchworth 5ths. A big opening partnership of 142 between Adam Hassell 94 and Ryan Loonan 50 set the platform to reach 210-7 from their 40 overs. Disciplined bowling from Knebworth restricted the home side. Dave Mantle 4 for 22 took advantage of useful opening spells from under 14s Jack Matthews and Johnny Satchell. Park were sharp in the field with three run outs, two by Matthews, one direct hit from Eddie Mably to dismiss the hosts for 126. The thirds were convincingly beaten by Welwyn 4ths by 118 runs but worked hard to gain ten useful league points. Promising spin bowling in the later overs by Finn Hobbs 2-52 saw wickets fall aided by steady seam bowling from Charlotte Banks 2-44 to restrict WGC to 257 for 6 . Trent Hildebrant weighed in with 1-42 Park started well with Miles Baron 31, but soon fell behind the run rate. Stubborn resistance by Richard Jones (20), Jonathan Cirkel ( 15) and Charlotte Banks (29) couldn't prevent the inevitable as they were bowled out for 139.