Welwyn GC off the hook against the Park

PUBLISHED: 11:00 18 May 2006 | UPDATED: 10:09 06 May 2010

Superb seam bowling from Knebworth Park was in vain at neighbours Welwyn Garden City. Anthony Pratt (3-50), Chris Brook and Paul Slade had the home side struggling at 71-6 before Simon White (67) and Matt Walters more than doubled the total in a stand of

Superb seam bowling from Knebworth Park was in vain at neighbours Welwyn Garden City.

Anthony Pratt (3-50), Chris Brook and Paul Slade had the home side struggling at 71-6 before Simon White (67) and Matt Walters more than doubled the total in a stand of 78. The belated introduction of off-spinner Graham Fisher kept the score to 177-9.

Aaron Laraman had both David Lowe and Tom Jenkins, captaining in the absence of the injured Ryan Skeggs, leg before.

The Park batted tentatively against former Stevenage all-rounder Murty Hussain, whose high-class off-spin made further inroads.

Paul Slade was the most productive of the batsmen with 29 and he and Fisher were in sight of salvaging a draw when he was bowled by Thisanagagam after being recalled to the attack to dismiss them for 123.

Tom Hemingway's off-spin led the way in bowling out Hemel Hempstead in Saracens Herts League Division Two with 5-45 in 20 overs. Adam Sergeant and Karl Padalia took two wickets apiece in bowling out Hemel for 157.

In reply, Stuart Burford took charge with a hard hit 72, supported by Terry Morton (32) in an 88-run stand for the third wicket.

Sergeant's 25no then saw them home to record a convincing win by five wickets.

The third team fought out a thrilling draw with Cavendish.

Jeremy Goodacre (64) and Steve Holmes (51) formed the base of their 219 all out.

Cavendish were sailing home at 176-3 when Holmes removed the impressive Migara and Ajith in quick succession.

Ben Davis picked up three quick wickets at the other end to finish with 4-84 having the last over to remove the last batsman.

Holmes ended with brilliant figures of 3-14 as Cavendish ended on 208-9.

A brilliant catch in the deep by skipper Mark Klimek proved the key moment in the fourth team's win over Monken Hadley.

Park totalled 147 all out before opening bat Britton put the bowlers to the sword before Klimek's magnificent catch in the deep brought his innings to an end.

Gideon Sutcliffe took 3-19 as the visitors were bowled out for 103.

Andy Page marked his debut with 5-28 in bowling out Letchworth 4ths for 97 but the fifths could only make 55 in reply.

* On Sunday, the Park went out of the Cockspur National Cup, losing their second round match to Radlett.

After keeping the visitors down to 66 off the first 22 overs, Nick Hampton then stepped up the pace in thrashing 60 off the fifth bowler. Radlett pushed on to 207-5 off their 45 overs.

The Park progressively slipped behind the scoring rate and only managed 143-8.


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