Knebworth Park won their fourth game in succession on Saturday in Saracens Herts League 2B to remain in third place.
They had to work hard to overcome Potters Bar 2nds on a poor damp green wicket.
Having bowled out the home side for 144 they then lost six wickets in passing that score.
Park skipper Matt Hutchinson won the toss and chose to bowl first to make best use of the wicket and favourable overhead conditions.
Opening attack Charlie Randall (1-28) and Gareth Jones (3-39) bowled with patience and control, Jones cleaning up the top three batsmen and later a cheeky run out as well.
Archie Stephens (2-14) and Dave Roberts (1-30) maintained the stranglehold but Callum Baylis counter attacked with a fighting 62, before Alex Richmond (2-5) cleaned up the tail with some good catching from Rob Morley to restrict them to 144.
The chase for victory was never going to be easy on a surface of variable bounce and pace.
Indeed, Park’s batting had a shaky start losing both openers cheaply. Randall (9) and Josh Roseberry (39) brought some control but Ashish Padki’s testing bowling stalled the chase.
A brief cameo from Stephens (24) upped the run rate with some lusty blows and at 107 for 6 the game was potentially in the balance.
But an unbeaten stand of 41 between Morley (29 not) and Hutchinson (16 not) steered them home to 148 for 6 with measured and controlled batting.
Park now take on unbeaten league leaders West Herts at home on Saturday.
Seconds fall to defeat
The second team lost by eight wickets to Old Finchelians 2nds.
Adam Sergeant (27) and Woods (42) began brightly before sliding to 49/4 before Woods and James Bedford 40 batted sensibly to nudge the total to 106 after 30 overs before Woods fell. Jack Randall (27 not) helped lift the total to well under par 170/8 from 50 overs.
A controlled opening spell from 2nd team debutant under-15 Louis Hobbs was the pick of the bowlers but he unfortunately failed to make a break through while Finchelians batted sensibly. Park kept trying to change things and pushing for wickets with Sergeant and Rafi Combarro picking up the two wickets that fell.
Ryan hits his first half century
Under-15 Ryan Sheldon-Green hit his first adult half century as the thirds fought hard but in the end fell 37 runs against Hertford 4ths.
His innings of 50 including two 6s with the experienced Jonathan Cirkel 44 added 73 for the fifth wicket to put them in with a chance of winning
But the lower order couldn’t maintain the momentum in spite of David Mantle’s 17.
Earlier Hertford were restricted to 217 for 5 on the small outfield.
Drew Myles 1-28 and Richard Wheeler 2-16 bowled tightly at the start on a small and fast outfield.
But in the second half of the innings a hard-hit 91 by Richard Eaton took control in spite of the best efforts of Mantle 1-39 and Finn Hobbs 0-25
Nevertheless 12 bonus points helps soften the blow as the 3’s remain above the relegation places in the league.
Father and son stand rescues Fourths
Father and son Ian and Trent Hildenbrandt rescued the fourth team against Potton 2nds.
Ian hit 57 and Trent 28 and later James Best weighed in with a battling 19 to lift the total to a below par 1r1 all out.
4s won the toss and decided to bat. Their decision didn’t look a great one after both openers we’re back in the hutch without troubling the scorers. Father and son paring Ian and Trent Hildebrandt took up the mantle and built a solid partnership (Ian 57, Trent 28) before a flurry of wickets before and after drinks dampened our efforts and we were bowled out for 141, but not before a battling 19 from James Best.
Potton’s openers raced away to a 100-run opening stand before under 13 Lewis Fung on his senior debut took the wicket of their skipper (82), bowled through the gate with one that seamed down the hill. A fine piece of fielding from Ian Hildebrandt led to a direct hit run out an over later, but it was too little, too late for the Park and the visitors won by eight wickets with half their overs to spare.