Park survive thrilling finish against Watford to remain undefeated after two games

PUBLISHED: 13:45 15 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:45 15 May 2017

Joshua Roseberry and Adam Seargent grab another run for Knebworth. Picture: VIKKI LINCE

Joshua Roseberry and Adam Seargent grab another run for Knebworth. Picture: VIKKI LINCE

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Knebworth Park made it two wins out of two in Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League Division Two A with victory over Watford Town – although they had to survive a thrilling finish to do so.

The Park were seemingly coasting to victory as they reduced Town to 126-8 chasing their total of 211.

But a battling ninth-wicket stand between Ibrar Hanif and Asad Sajjad helped Watford reduce the gap to just 38 with five overs to go.

However, Matt Hutchinson bowled skipper Hanif for 29 and removed Sajjad for 30 with four balls left, to win by 14 runs.

The Park’s seam attack had made batting difficult for the visitors, restricting the run rate and picking up wickets regularly with the pick being Sam McCrow’s 2-37, Ross Courtney 3-34 and a frugal 1-28 from skipper Guy Warman.

Hutchinson finished with 2-29.

Earlier opener Josh Roseberry 33 and Adam Sergeant 52 added 82 for the second wicket, in what proved a vital partnership.

The 2nds fell to an agonising defeat at Hertford.

Having lost the toss and being asked to field things didn’t quite go to plan for the Park. Opening bowlers Gareth Jones and Niels Hart got of to a respectable start without claiming a breakthrough with the new ball.

And once the movement in the air was gone the Hertford openers were able to put their hands through everything and the runs began to rocket.

Hertford’s openers batted well for scores of 101 and 83 but Park did wrestle back some control with the hosts finishing on 281-6.

Unfortunately a slightly depleted Park batting line up could not take advantage of the favourable conditions.

And once the second wicket partnership of 53 between Danny Digweed (26) and Ian Pickering (44) crumbled wickets fell regularly.

A lower order counter attack from Jono Evetts (29) Jones (34) and Hart (23) secured valuable batting points for the Park who ended up 198 all out.

The 3rds lost by 88 runs to Weston as an excellent display with the ball and in the field was undone by another disappointing day with the bat.

And despite three excellent performances with the bat from Shaun Robinson (39), Pete Bayford (54) and Rob Crowe (59), the 4ths went down to Boxmoor 2nds, losing by seven wickets.

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