Gallery: Park beaten in dramatic last over
PUBLISHED: 13:00 14 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:08 26 October 2009
Saracens Herts League Division One Knebworth Park 217-7 St Margaretsbury 218-9 KNEBWORTH Park lost out in a last-over thriller against rivals St Margaretsbury. Any one of four results was possible entering the final over on Saturday, with the visitors ev
Saracens Herts League Division One
Knebworth Park 217-7 St Margaretsbury 218-9
KNEBWORTH Park lost out in a last-over thriller against rivals St Margaretsbury.
Any one of four results was possible entering the final over on Saturday, with the visitors eventually squeezing home by one wicket with one ball to spare.
St Margaretsbury needed eight runs off the last over, which was bowled by skipper Tony Skeggs.
The final pair of Michael Anstead and Martin Robinson scrambled the runs, aided by four byes, as Skeggs sought to take the wicket to win the game.
The Park could reflect on taking 19 bonus points, coupled with a good all-round display and a determined recovery, especially after the Saints had looked to be on course for victory before they collapsed from 174-4.
After losing the toss and batting first, the Park's Ryan Skeggs (46) and Jarrod Turner (39) laid the foundation for their total of 217-7 with a second-wicket stand of 49.
Captain Tony Skeggs (43), Adam Sergeant (23), Phil Simpson (22) and Paul Slade (20 no) all tried to keep the momentum going.
However, each time they tried to accelerate, the Park lost a wicket.
Nick Anstead took the man-of-the-match honours for his 2-67 off 18 overs, which he then followed with an impressive 61 that locked the visitors' batting together.
Chris Brook (2-39) had made early in-roads, reducing St Margaretsbury to 58-3.
Anstead and Simon Tilbury (34) then put together a vital fourth wicket stand of 71.
The game took a dramatic turn at 174-4 when Tony Skeggs brought himself into the attack and caught and bowled Anstead.
That was the first of his three wickets for 19.
With Turner (4-92) picking up wickets at the other end, it was a hectic finish with the game repeatedly tilting in one direction and then the other.
In the end, the final visiting pair made it home, scoring the crucial run off the fifth ball of the last over.
* Knebworth comfortably overcame London Maccabi Vale in the Evening Standard Trophy on Sunday.
Chasing the visitors' 218-8, Ryan Skeggs and Phil Simpson (71) put the Park in control.
Adrian Holmes (37), Sam McCrow (15) and Adam Sergeant (18 no) completed the task to finish on 221-4.
The Park now travel to Essex club Saffron Walden in the next round.
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