Haydon Bartlett Tasker became the third member of the first team’s ton-up club when he led the way to set up a thumping 153-run win over rock bottom Hoddesdon 2nds on Saturday.
He finished on 104 and with Louis Champion 55 amassed 112 for the first wicket in the first 17 overs, punishing some loose bowling.
Champion and Kobie Richmond then fell in quick succession before Charlie Randall (29) supported Tasker.
After Randall was out followed quickly by Archie Stephens, Rob Morley picked up the mantle to support Tasker to his century.
Soon after he made it to the magic three figures, the opening bat was out. Skipper Matt Hutchinson (21) and Morley (23) kept up the attack, added by Owen Watkins’ great cameo at the end with 22 from 13 balls. With the damage done they were all out for 306.
Park’s opening bowlers Gareth Jones and Randall were very economical as Hoddesdon openers Byrne (21) and Heard (26) struggling to score.
Hutchinson (2-49) introduced spin into the attack which paid dividends with the first breakthrough and then Alex Richmond (4-17) who took a wicket in his first over with Hutchinson taking a tough catch.
Hutchinson and Richmond bowled well in tandem and wickets continued to fall. Richmond bowled with control and discipline and along with Dave Roberts (3-40) wiped away Hoddesdon’s middle order. Cuffaro (34) batted well but never found any support. Kobie Richmond (1-4) came on and cleaned up the innings for 153.
Park ran out comfortable winners and remain third in Division 2b pushing for promotion and this weekend’s fixture sees them in a crunch game against second place Eversholt at home.
Young tyros looking good before 2s washout
Young tyros Luke Mably 22 and James Bedford 24 were batting well at 73 for 3 against league leaders Lutonians 2nds when heavy rain washed out play.
Thirds and Fourths just fail in thrillers
Both the third and fourth teams had thrilling close finishes to their matches as they lost narrowly.
The Thirds battled hard in a run chase against high flying Ickleford 3rds but in the end fell eight short.
A hostile opening spell from Ryan Ellis (1-8) and Louis Hobbs (2-17) had Ickleford wobbling at 19-3 from nine overs before a torrential storm delayed play by over an hour.
Upon resumption of a now reduced 30 overs a side game, Park could not maintain the pressure and Ickleford recovered well through their middle order despite a useful 2-17 from Iain Hildebrandt.
They finished on 157-5 despite their slow start.
Park started with a typical stuttering start, the top three back in the hut at 32-3. A 48-run stand between Ian Hildebrandt (20) and Jonathan Cirkel (47) took Park to 80-4, and then Cirkel and Trent Hidebrandt (18) up to 125-6.
Needing eight an over Ellis (25) nearly blasted them to victory but fell with two overs to go and 15 needed.
Depite best efforts of the tail they finished an agonising eight runs short, all out for 150 with one ball to spare.
The fourths narrowly lost to Baldock 3s after its young spinners almost turned the game on its head.
They went down by just one wicket after Ahmed Abdi and Finn Hobbs bagged a couple of wickets.
The 4ths had batted first and after being 60 for 1 collapsed before Ryan Loonan steadied the ship with an attacking 39 off 34 balls, to lift them to 135-9 from their 40 overs.
Tight opening spells from Ian Murrill 2 for 22 and Syed Ahmed 1 for 18 stifled Baldock’s reply.
Momentum swung back towards the hosts as R Joshi (54) shared a couple of decent partnerships to put them in sight of victory.
With only 14 required, a mix up between the wickets found Joshi stranded, and then Park piled on the pressure with wickets as young spinners Abdi 2 for 22 and Hobbs 1 for 20 who together took two wickets for three runs to trigger a collapse to nine wickets down, but the last pair edged home by a solitary wicket.