Knebworth beat Hitchin with a huge six off last ball of the game

Jonny Harris batting for Hitchin gets out as Knebworth successfully appeal.
Picture: Melissa Page.

Jonny Harris batting for Hitchin gets out as Knebworth successfully appeal. Picture: Melissa Page. - Credit: Archant

Knebworth Park’s Charlie Randall hit a huge six from the final ball of the game to secure a two-wicket victory against Hitchin in a tremendous game of cricket.

Batting first Hitchin’s innings was struggling at 72-5 before they found a partnership when Dave Moore joined Jonny Harris and the pair finally managed to keep the Knebworth bowlers at bay.

However when Harris (42) was caught off the bowling of Shaun Robinson there was another regular clatter of wickets and the innings looked dead at 118-8.

At that point Haseeb Bawja, returning form injury, was the man to join Moore and bring the total to a degree of respectability.

The pair added 40 before Bawja was stumped for 26 and a useful cameo from Rishi Chandarana (11) saw Hitchin end with 175 all out, Moore remaining on 38*.

On a good pitch and fast outfield the total seemed to be at least 40 short and it appeared so as Jarred Turner (40) and Josh Roseberry (40) added 73 for the first wicket in just 12 overs.

Moore though won the battle of the veterans having Turner caught behind and with him bowling in tandem with Bawja and Asif Mahmood’s excellent off spin the wickets started to fall.

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Robinson (24) batted calmly but when he was caught-and-bowled by Bawja (4-33), Knebworth were suddenly 132-7 and despite the rocketing start overs were running out.

Guy Warman and Randall showed their experience adding 30 but after Warman’s dismissal 18 runs were still required and eventually that became 10 from the last over.

Ross Courtney bravely hit his first ball for four but some tight bowling left Park needing three to win from the final ball. This set the stage for Randall whose huge swing of his bat won the game.

Hitchin 2nds beat Shenley Village 2nds to move top of Division 5B. Simon Bayston’s 4-29 and U14 Leighton Gibbs’ 1-20 from 12 overs helped bowl Shenley out for 150. Tim Porter (67) and Paul Smith (53) saw Hitchin home.

The 3rds had an emphatic 10-wicket victory against Kings Langley 3rds. Andy Beaton took 4-21 as Langley were bowled out for 158. In reply Stuart Gwinnett (71) and Harry Lanyon (70) helped Hitchin reach the target without the loss of a single wicket.

The 4ths (178-4) beat Northampton Exiles 3rds (176-8). U14 player Finn Norrington took 2-25 and U15 Dan Brooks hit 51.