Knebworth Park seconds secure league status

Knebworth Park seconds secured their Saracens Herts League Division Two status for another year with a brilliant away victory at table-topping Chorleywood. This was thanks largely to a sensational spell of pace bowling by under-16 Matt Hutchinson who took

Knebworth Park seconds secured their Saracens Herts League Division Two status for another year with a brilliant away victory at table-topping Chorleywood.

This was thanks largely to a sensational spell of pace bowling by under-16 Matt Hutchinson who took 5-14.

Put into bat on a capricious wicket, the Park made steady progress to 65-0 after 25 overs thanks to an excellent stand between Richard Leather (47) and Graham Valentine (17). Park then folded for a disappointing 123 all out.

Staring defeat squarely in the eye, the Park began the Chorleywood reply in defiant fashion with the Leather brothers taking three wickets to leave the batting side 31-3.


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The game now appeared to rest on the shoulders of powerful number four bat Luke Vivian but he was bowled by Hutchinson for 24.

Hutchinson went on to tear the life out of the Chorleywood batting in taking 5-14 off six overs, with all five dismissals being bowled.

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In tandem with Adam Ezekiel (2-13), Hutchinson's savage spell bowled Chorleywood out for a paltry 79 to banish relegation concerns.

* The thirds went down by four wickets to Division Five champions Holtwhites Trinibis.

Park went from 74-2 off 25 overs to 78-5. Only a ninth wicket stand of 43 between veterans Graham Fisher and Sandy Reynolds raised the total to respectability at 159-8 after 53 overs.

After trying the old ball without success, Park took the new one and despite Tom Eaton wreaking havoc with 4-9, the home side won by four wickets.

The fourths lost to Holtwhites Trinibis seconds after four straight wins.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, the Park never got their innings going with a number of batsmen getting starts. Bret Painter (29) and Ian Woods (28) top scored before being bowled out for 154 in 48 overs.

Park got off to a great start in the field when a mix-up between the openers led to a run out. Park were never able to get in the game though, only taking two more wickets as Holtwhites cruised past the Knebworth total.

Former chairman Chris Johnson struck his best innings for years with 72 in a 158-run partnership for the second wicket with youngster Russell Tompkin (76) in the fifth team's draw with Sawbridgeworth fourths.

They struck the visitors attack to all parts before both fell in quick succession. The run rate subsided with only 26 coming off the last eight overs in finishing on 214-6.

Dave Murphy toiled away for 18 overs to take 3-44, while Dave Mantle picked up two wickets at the end for 36, as the visitors ended on 192-6.

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