Resilient Park seconds bat out final overs
Knebworth Park seconds frustrated Hatfield as they held on for a draw, nine wickets down. Hatfield batted first and after a cautious start took advantage of the lightning fast outfield at the Park as they piled on 253-6 in 52 overs. Captain Shaun Robinson
Knebworth Park seconds frustrated Hatfield as they held on for a draw, nine wickets down.
Hatfield batted first and after a cautious start took advantage of the lightning fast outfield at the Park as they piled on 253-6 in 52 overs.
Captain Shaun Robinson and Maz Iqbal were the only bowlers to take wickets with three apiece.
A regular fall of wickets hampered Knebworth in their chase as consistent opener Colin Letford was the only member of the top order to take advantage of a good batting track scoring 40.
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Ed Wright's controlled and classy innings of 38 and a patient 33no from Harry McCue helped Knebworth who needed to bat out the last six overs nine wickets down to hold on for a draw.
* The thirds suffered another nail-biting defeat at the hands of Berkhamsted seconds.
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Having won the toss and elected to bat, the Park struggled to get going against some fine tight bowling from the visitors and closed on 161 all out.
Berko flew to 50 without loss after just six overs before collapsing to 91-6 with 24 overs bowled.
The match was finely poised at 133-8 and eventually their final pair survived a close run out appeal before four leg byes saw them home.
The fourths never capitalised on a strong start in their Division Eight match against Waltham Cross Rosedale seconds.
Jono Evetts (31), new player Colin Brown (20) and Ian Woods (30) laid the foundations, but then only skipper Bret Painter (47) got to grips with the home team's bowling and they finished on 164 all out.
Waltham coasted home by seven wickets with only Graham Rose (2-33) making any inroads.
Christian Gugolz smashed a rip-roaring 45 in only eight overs to take the fifths towards back-to-back victories in beating Hertingfordbury seconds.
Hitting nine fours with thunderous shots, he and opener Russell Tomkins (26) catapulted the score to 76 in a stand of 67 in double quick time before both fell quick as they stuttered to 83-4.
Skipper John Inman (61no) and Richard Evans (18no) calmly steered them home in a superb, disciplined stand of 91 to win by six wickets.
They were chasing the visitors' total of 173-8. Legger Connor Alderman (2-28) and Richard Evans (3-30) triggered a collapse from 105-2 to 138-8 before a lively ninth wicket stand lifted the total.