Brook's high five stuns Dunstable
PUBLISHED: 18:54 02 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:05 26 October 2009
Saracens Herts League Division One Dunstable 85-10 Knebworth Park 88-2 CHRIS Brook took a familiar five-wicket haul to set Knebworth Park on their way to a second successive win. Brook s five-star show helped skittle Dunstable for 85 runs and the Park
Saracens Herts League Division One
Dunstable 85-10 Knebworth Park 88-2
CHRIS Brook took a familiar five-wicket haul to set Knebworth Park on their way to a second successive win.
Brook's five-star show helped skittle Dunstable for 85 runs and the Park knocked off that target for the loss of just two wickets for maximum Saracens Herts League points.
At a ground that in the past has not been a happy hunting ground for Knebworth, they looked set to dominate from the moment that skipper Tony Skeggs won the toss and asked Dunstable to bat.
Even though Paul Slade's first over went for eight runs, each shot from Naeem Khan was lofted with little control just out of reach of the Knebworth fielders.
It was only a matter of time before the chances would be taken.
Park didn't have to wait long either with Khan edging again in the fourth over to Jarrod Turner at slip.
That gave Brook his first of what turned out to be yet another five-wicket haul.
Dunstable's Sam Cherry tried to ride his luck, offering at least three chances, all put down, during his one hour at the crease.
Cherry's stay was ended when he was clean bowled by Brook for five and Dunstable were struggling at 31-5 in the 20th over.
The sixth wicket partnership for the Lancot Park club was their most productive, adding 21 runs, through Andy Boocock and captain Steve Watts.
Brook then made them his victims four and five for the afternoon.
Boocock was caught sharply by keeper Harry McCue for 10 and Watts was spectacularly caught at gully by Adrian Holmes on 21.
The Dunstable tail was cleaned up by the other Park bowlers.
Slade finished with 2-33 and Turner took 1-4. Rookie Charlie Randall once again impressed with 2-15.
However, it was the evergreen Brook who was man of the match with 5-32 in 18 overs.
In contrast to the Dunstable innings, the Knebworth reply was controlled and steady.
The dismissal of opener Steve Gregory for 31 provided Beds club Dunstable with their first point with the score on 55.
Gregory was caught by wicketkeeper Rob Simpkins during a tidy spell of bowling from Khan, which produced figures of 1-9 in eight overs.
With Park needing only two more to win, opening bat Ryan Skeggs gave Dunstable their only other point for the match.
Ryan fell lbw to Sam Cherry for 38.
This allowed Adrian Holmes to come in and finish the match with one hit for four as Knebworth Park reached 88-2 in 30.3 overs.