Adam Sergeant's big knock seals comfortable romp to cap an excellent weekend

PUBLISHED: 16:30 22 May 2018

Knebworth Park v Kings Langley. Picture: DANNY LOO

Knebworth Park v Kings Langley. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Adam Sergeant led Knebworth Park's romp to a comfortable win by seven wickets over Kings Langley on Saturday in the Saracens Herts Cricket League Division One.

Matt Hitchinson takes a wicket during Knebworth Park v Kings Langley. Picture: DANNY LOOMatt Hitchinson takes a wicket during Knebworth Park v Kings Langley. Picture: DANNY LOO

Sergeant’s ruthless innings of 84 not out led the way to an impressive victory and capped an excellent day for the Park with three of their four sides picking up league wins.

Matt Hitchinson celebrates taking a wicket during Knebworth Park v Kings Langley. Picture: DANNY LOOMatt Hitchinson celebrates taking a wicket during Knebworth Park v Kings Langley. Picture: DANNY LOO

The talented Sergeant’s knock included 13 fours that saw him dominate the visitors bowling on a superb batting track at Knebworth as they chased a below par score of 174.

Matt Hitchinson in action during Knebworth Park v Kings Langley. Picture: DANNY LOOMatt Hitchinson in action during Knebworth Park v Kings Langley. Picture: DANNY LOO

Sergeant was supported by Ryan Skeggs whose 42 not out included a huge six that rattled against the pavilion roof in a stand of 98.

Charlie Randall in action during Knebworth Park v Kings Langley. Picture: DANNY LOOCharlie Randall in action during Knebworth Park v Kings Langley. Picture: DANNY LOO

Opener Mo Asif, who had earlier bagged five wickets, gave the innings a bright start with 19 which was carried on by number three Tariq Umair’s 17.

Muhammad Asif in action during Knebworth Park v Kings Langley. Picture: DANNY LOOMuhammad Asif in action during Knebworth Park v Kings Langley. Picture: DANNY LOO

The Park’s run fest saw them reach their total of 177-3 and the win with almost 20 overs to spare.

Knebworth Park celebrate a wicket during Knebworth Park v Kings Langley. Picture: DANNY LOOKnebworth Park celebrate a wicket during Knebworth Park v Kings Langley. Picture: DANNY LOO

Earlier, Knebworth had lost the toss and Kings Langley chose to bat first.

Knebworth Park fielding during Knebworth Park v Kings Langley. Picture: DANNY LOOKnebworth Park fielding during Knebworth Park v Kings Langley. Picture: DANNY LOO

They were pegged back, particularly by Sam McCrow who took 2-26 off his 10 overs including the wickets of Harry Sambrook and and Simon Walker.

Knebworth Park v Kings Langley. Picture: DANNY LOOKnebworth Park v Kings Langley. Picture: DANNY LOO

Sambrook had made 44 and along with Paul Ashford (20) had taken Kings Langley on to 80-2 but from there they crumbled to 113-8 with the spin of Asif, who took 5-29 including a sharp caught and bowled, the accuracy of skipper Guy Warman and Matt Hutchinson’s 3-25 off eight overs doing the main damage.

Liberty Maher’s 36 not out and a belligerent 41 from number 10 Varman Ratnakumaran hoisted their total but it wasn’t enough.

The seconds’ victory over Cheshunt in Division Four A came courtesy of 57 runs and 3-16 bowling figures for Archie Stephens as they made 226-5 before bowling the home team out for 123.

The third team picked up their first win of the season as they defeated Watton-at-Stone.

Having chosen to bat first Park’s Danny Digweed (55) and Spencer Bayford (35) put on 92 for the first wicket before 63 from Ian Pickering and 40 from Ian Woods steered them to 219-5.

Ben Childs took 3-30 as Watton were dismissed for 189.

But after a useful start the fourths slumped to defeat against Stevenage 5ths, scoring only 106 in reply to 248-6.

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