Robinson routs Northchurch

Knebworth Park seconds snatched victory in dramatic fashion after all had seemed lost in their Saracens Herts League Division Two game against Northchurch. After winning the toss, Knebworth chose to bat and nobody could get settled against the good bowlin

Knebworth Park seconds snatched victory in dramatic fashion after all had seemed lost in their Saracens Herts League Division Two game against Northchurch.

After winning the toss, Knebworth chose to bat and nobody could get settled against the good bowling and were eventually bowled out for 116 from 48 overs.

Colin Letford (23) and Junior d'Abreu (24) were the top scorers.

Shaun Robinson picked up the first four wickets as Northchurch fell from a comfortable 64-2 to be four down at the same score.

Northchurch seemed to be back on track until the arrival of Maz Iqbal, with only 31 runs needed for victory and six wickets in hand.

Pressure bowling from Robinson and Iqbal squeezed the life out of the middle order.

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Thanks to best league figures of 7-29 from Robinson and 3-17 from Iqbal, Knebworth managed to get the remaining six wickets for 19 runs in 12 overs to claim an amazing two-run victory and gain 30 valuable points.

The thirds kept up their run of good form with another victory, this time against high-riding visitors Old Owens.

But they contrived to turn what should have been a comfortable win into a dramatic finish where it was left to their number 11 to win.

Sandy Reynolds and Tom Eaton picked up two wickets each and skipper Steve Holmes (3-11) picked up three wickets in four overs before Matt Hutchinson came back to clean bowl the number 11 and end the innings on 188 from 44.1 overs.

In reply, Mark Turner moved to his second fifty of the season, scoring 53, and Hayden Bartlett-Tasker made 23 as the Old Owens score began to look below par.

Chris Scott made a brisk 31 and the Park were well placed at 150-3 with plenty of overs in hand. Eaton (28) fell to begin a clatter of wickets before Mark Klimek joined Hutchinson.

With the scores level, the Park amazingly lost three wickets and last man Usman Chaudhary strode out to score the one run required for victory, calmly hitting his first ball for four to secure the 30 points.

Another fine bowling display by left-arm paceman Robert Crowe (6-56 in 18.5 overs) was not enough to clinch victory for the fourths.

They were away to Enfield seconds who won on the penultimate ball with two wickets to spare.

Jeremy Goodacre (26), Chris Bonser (39), skipper Bret Painter (53) and Phil Stevens (24) took the total up to 194-8, declaring an over early.

In spite of tight bowling by Crowe and fellow opening bowler Stuart Dempsey, they struggled to break the back of the home batting and they nudged home for victory.

Leg spinner Connor Alderman hauled the fifths back into their match against Hertford fourths in taking 4-61 in 17 overs, but in the end they lost out to stronger opponents.

Matt Woods also bowled well in taking 2-41 in 17 overs as Hertford declared an over early on 175-7.

Chris Johnson (26) sought to hold the batting together against a useful Hertford bowling. Briefly there was hope while Tristran Tompkins launched a whirlwind assault on the bowling hitting a rapid 36 as they were bowled out for 121.

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