Knebworth warm up for cricket season with two wins

PUBLISHED: 11:36 17 April 2012

Cricket Club all set for a busy 2012 season

Knebworth Park Cricket Club warmed up with two wins on Sunday against near neighbours Preston.

As hail and rain caused interruptions, new player Earl Lee 54no and Phil Simpson 52no boosted the total to 157-1 off 25 overs as the game was curtailed because of stoppages.

Young tyro Joe Elliott took 3-20 bagging two wickets in the final over of the day as the visitors ended with 102-5.

Ben Orchard (30) and Ollie Laws-Math (35) boosted the seconds’ score to 157 before most of the bowlers shared the wickets in bowling out the home side for 90.

The club has been preparing hard for the new season under new chairman Paul Mather and new first team captain Adam Sergeant,

The club has several new players including a new coach Ramesh Subasinghe, a Sri Lankan, who plays first class cricket in his home country and is in England for the summer while his wife studies in London as part of her doctorate degree.

Many of the club’s outstanding young players are a year older, stronger and more capable and will be stepping up to further strengthen the club’s senior teams where the club is one of the few in the county to field six XIs.

Training under Ramesh’s direction is on Tuesdays and Thursdays for seniors, while the juniors train on Saturdays at 9.30 and on Sundays also at 9.30 for the U9s.

Overall it’s a hectic summer with over 300 fixtures as the club runs six seniors teams and 13 junior squads, including two for girls. The club is also hosting numerous county matches and training sessions as well as a girls’ cricket festival. The club also boasts more qualified coaches than any other club in the county.

At half-term and during the school holidays the club will also be staging cricket camps for 6 to 12-year-olds to both enjoy and learn about the sport.

As well as indoor training and fitness sessions during the winter the club has been hard at work with the members re-decorating the clubhouse and generally improving the upkeep of the ground. A major improvement is the renovation of the scoreboard where all the electronic mechanism has been replaced with the help of a grant of £2,000 from Knebworth Village Trust.

Full news on the club’s activities can be viewed on the new-look website www.kpcc.org.uk

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