A good finish is thwarted

PUBLISHED: 15:16 25 May 2006 | UPDATED: 10:14 06 May 2010

A sparkling half-century by Tom Jenkins was the highlight of Knebworth Park s Home Counties Premier League match at home to North Mymms that was frequently interrupted by rain. The covers were pushed on and off on numerous occasions as the game lost any c

A sparkling half-century by Tom Jenkins was the highlight of Knebworth Park's Home Counties Premier League match at home to North Mymms that was frequently interrupted by rain.

The covers were pushed on and off on numerous occasions as the game lost any continuity.

At 90-4 and with the overs having been reduced, the Park had to step on the accelerator after lunch.

After Anthony Pratt had gone leg before to Duggan for 41 to a ball that kept low, stand-in skipper Jenkins (56no) batted with quick feet and aggression and, with Tony Skeggs (17no), ran superbly between the wickets to pressurise the visiting fielders.

Their stand of 58 in only seven overs took the total to 192-5 off 56 overs to set a testing target for Mymms.

With the outfield becoming increasingly wet, the Park bowlers were hampered by difficult conditions.

Chris Brook repeatedly beat the bat in taking 2-52 off 18 overs as Mymms' reply was looking in good shape on 140-3 off 38.3 overs when rain finally brought an end to a frustrating day.

The seconds slumped to a disappointing defeat by five wickets at Dunstable after a bright start.

They were cruising at 100-1 with Steve Gregory, having stepped up from the thirds to open impressively in a knock of 28, with skipper Jarrod Turner (59).

When Turner was run out, the innings went from bad to worse as they struggled against the spin of Bedfordshire off-spinner Steve Watts (6-24) and Alston (3-32).

The Park lost nine wickets for 20 runs, which could only be attributed to terrible shot selection, and ended their innings at 121 all out.

Despite Karl Padalia taking three wickets, Dunstable scored too freely and passed the total for the loss of five wickets.

Gideon Sutcliffe's aggressive innings of 61 hauled the thirds from a dire 30-5 to a respectable 140 all out at home to Radlett 3rds.

James Wright and Sandy Reynolds were making batting difficult for the visitors who were 52-3 when rain finally abandoned play for the day.

A sensational catch off the last ball by Mark Woods was the climax to a low-scoring match for the fifths at Clifton 2nds that was shortened because of rain.

With two needed off the last ball bowled in gloomy light, Woods dived to thwart Clifton's efforts for victory and to end the game in a draw with just one run separating the teams.

Chasing the Park's 81 all out, Connor Alderman, in his first game at this level, bowled with control and a cool head in taking 4-12 in eight overs as Clifton ended on 80-7.

The sixths saw opponents St Margaretsbury 4ths total 157-6, veteran Eddie Large (3-52 in 13 overs) having the most success with his slow left-arm spin. Knebworth were looking comfortable at 30-0 off six overs when the rain prevented any further play.

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