Ampthill Town become the latest victims of Knebworth Park’s league revival

PUBLISHED: 15:01 27 August 2015 | UPDATED: 15:01 27 August 2015

Guy Warman Knebworth Park 2nds captain

Guy Warman Knebworth Park 2nds captain

Copyright 2014 Mike Jones

Knebworth Park continued their charge towards the Division One safety zone after a fourth victory in their last five games, this time a slender 27-run triumph over third-placed Ampthill Town.

With conditions heavily affected by endless rain on Thursday and Friday, the match was reduced to 42 overs apiece.

A soft pudding of a crease had been produced due to the rain with a slow outfield leading to Ampthill’s decision to bowl first after winning the toss.

Runs were hard to come by early with Park managing just 50 at the halfway mark of the innings.

The second half proved to be much more fruitful though as they went on to post 145 off their 42 overs.

Sam Gardiner (40) and Josh Roseberry (26) laid the early foundations to allow the in-form Charlie Randall to make an attractive 35 and give Park some momentum.

Guy Warman (4-19) and Ben Orchard (0-10) had the visitors reeling at 28-4 off the opening 16 overs.

After Orchard’s opening spell went unrewarded, Graham Fisher took a decent 1-9.

Spin came to the fore for the rest of the innings as the worn wicket offered sharp turn and bounce.

Luke Chapman (3-32) and Gardiner (1-24) bowled in tandem from the halfway mark, putting the brakes on any chance of a successful chase as Ampthill were dismissed for 118.

Knebworth have now taken 134 out of 150 points in their last five games and are two points behind eighth placed Broxbourne who they face in a crucial clash this Saturday.

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