Vital win moves Knebworth Park away from the foot of the table

PUBLISHED: 15:30 26 June 2018 | UPDATED: 08:19 27 June 2018

Knebworth's Sam McCrow faces a delivery from Harpenden's Matt Ball in the match between Harpenden II's and Knebworth Park. Picture: DANNY LOO

Knebworth's Sam McCrow faces a delivery from Harpenden's Matt Ball in the match between Harpenden II's and Knebworth Park. Picture: DANNY LOO

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A strong all-round team performance clinched a much needed win for Knebworth Park in SHCL Division One.

Knebworth's Matt Hutchinson is caught and bowled by Harpenden's Nick Reeves in the match between Harpenden II's and Knebworth Park. Picture: DANNY LOOKnebworth's Matt Hutchinson is caught and bowled by Harpenden's Nick Reeves in the match between Harpenden II's and Knebworth Park. Picture: DANNY LOO

The 42-run success at Harpenden 2nds means they have pulled clear of the bottom two places and to within touching distance of the pack ahead.

Choosing to bat first on a fine batting surface and rapid outfield, Park set off like an express train with a run-rate of almost 10 an over.

Knebworth's Muhammed Ali faces a delivery from Harpenden's Matt Ball in the match between Harpenden II's and Knebworth Park. Picture: DANNY LOOKnebworth's Muhammed Ali faces a delivery from Harpenden's Matt Ball in the match between Harpenden II's and Knebworth Park. Picture: DANNY LOO

A stand of 66 between openers Mo Asif (33) and Josh Roseberry (30) in a stand of 66 tore into Harpenden’s attack, sending them quickly to spin for the majority of the remainder of the innings.

Tariq Umair played the anchor role with an invaluable 52 while all the other batsmen made starts without kicking on, David Steadman 29 and Ryan Skeggs 20 being the best.

Knebworth's Sam McCrow walks off at the end of the innings in the match between Harpenden II's and Knebworth Park. Picture: DANNY LOOKnebworth's Sam McCrow walks off at the end of the innings in the match between Harpenden II's and Knebworth Park. Picture: DANNY LOO

But despite all that, they had gone from a well-placed 158-3 to 211-9 and only a terrific unbeaten last-wicket stand of 40 between Mo Ali and Sam McCrow lifted the total to 251-9, still much less than they wanted.

Asif returned with a terrific spell of slow bowling (3-26) and in tandem with skipper Guy Warman (3-42) had them on the rack at 77-6.

Knebworth's Matt Hutchinson walks off in the match between Harpenden II's and Knebworth Park. Picture: DANNY LOOKnebworth's Matt Hutchinson walks off in the match between Harpenden II's and Knebworth Park. Picture: DANNY LOO

The home team rallied with a seventh-wicket stand of 108 between Nick Winchester (26) and Josh Sambrook (67) which was finally broken with a smart run out of Winchester by keeper Umair and the bowling of Sambrook by Gareth Jones.

McCrow (2-46) completed the task to dismiss Harpenden for 211.

Knebworth's Muhammed Ali faces a delivery from Harpenden's Matt Ball in the match between Harpenden II's and Knebworth Park. Picture: DANNY LOOKnebworth's Muhammed Ali faces a delivery from Harpenden's Matt Ball in the match between Harpenden II's and Knebworth Park. Picture: DANNY LOO

It proved to be the only win in the club.

The seconds failed to take their catches as they lost by three wickets to Lutonians.

Knebworth's Muhammed Ali walks off at the end of the innings in the match between Harpenden II's and Knebworth Park. Picture: DANNY LOOKnebworth's Muhammed Ali walks off at the end of the innings in the match between Harpenden II's and Knebworth Park. Picture: DANNY LOO

Good bowling from youngster Ollie O’Brien (4-30) and off-spinner Graham Fisher (2-46) were the highlights with the ball.

A valiant effort by Spencer Bayford in hitting a maiden league 50 was not enough to stop the thirds dropping to the bottom of Division Seven A with a defeat to fellow strugglers Totteridge Millhillians.

Bayford eventually made 64 while Ian Woods took 4-63.

The fourths lost by eight wickets to Hertingfordbury.

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