Turner prize for Knebworth as Jarrod sees Park to title

PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 September 2017

Rana Arslan batting against St Albans. Picture: Danny Loo

Rana Arslan batting against St Albans. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2017

Jarrod Turner helped Knebworth Park to the victory they needed to clinch the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League Division Two A title.

Seventeen points would have been enough against St Albans but they continued their fine form with the bat to win by 94 runs.

Batting first Park lost a couple of early wickets but Adam Sergeant and Turner’s fine 77 in particular rebuilt the innings as they posted a competitive total.

Ryan Skeggs scored 45 and 32 off the final two overs from Charlie Randall and Matt Hutchinson got Park to a very healthy 254-6.

Mbekezeli Mabuza hit 55 in reply for Saints but they always looked short of chasing down Park.

Guy Warman (3-28) and Shaun Robinson (4-37) ripped through the rest of the batting as six wickets fell in eight overs, taking the game away from the visitors.

They couldn’t add the cup double though as they lost to Broxbourne in the Readers Herts Trophy by six wickets.

But while Knebworth may reflect on what might have been, to be in the frame for winning two trophies was a rare achievement and they can look back happily on a season where they only lost three matches and made considerable progress and improvement from the disappointments of last year.

It now gives them optimism to build further on a very good year.

Jono Evetts’ unbeaten 87 helped the 2nd team to a morale-boosting seven-wicket win over Met Police Bushey.

It was all too little too late though as they finished bottom of Division Three A.

Graham Fisher took four wickets as the home team struggled to 164 all out before Evetts, backed up Rob Morley and Alex Richmond with 20 apiece, took them home with 165-3.

There was joy for the 3rd team though as they managed to stave off relegation from Division Seven A despite losing to Bushey.

Ben Childs took 3-48 as Park restricted Bushey to 264-7, picking up what would be valuable bonus points.

The batting line-up struggled although Ian Pickering and Jack Hay did their best.

But they finished on 168 and needed news of Southgate Adelaide’s loss to Old Owens to confirm their safety.

Jack Randall, one of four U14s, was named their player of the year.

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