Gallery: Turner's ton puts Saints to the sword
PUBLISHED: 17:17 27 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:03 26 October 2009
Saracens Herts League Division One St Albans 177-10 Knebworth Park 181-3 A BRILLIANT unbeaten century by Jarrod Turner steered Knebworth Park to victory against St Albans on Saturday. The Aussie cracked a wonderful hundred as the Park clinched their firs
Saracens Herts League Division One
St Albans 177-10 Knebworth Park 181-3
A BRILLIANT unbeaten century by Jarrod Turner steered Knebworth Park to victory against St Albans on Saturday.
The Aussie cracked a wonderful hundred as the Park clinched their first win of the season in Saracens Herts League Division One.
Turner's ton, coupled with a determined team effort in the field, secured Knebworth a seven-wicket victory.
They bowled out their visitors for 177 and then Turner's 113 not out ensured there was only going to be one winner.
Saturday's win sets the Park's campaign rolling after narrowly failing to beat St Margaretsbury in their first match and then being rained off against Reed.
St Albans batted first after winning the toss, but right from the first delivery they were in trouble.
The Clarence Park club initially escaped as the first three scoring shots, which were all catching chances, weren't held.
However, their reprieve was short-lived as very soon they were 8-2.
Park captain Tony Skeggs, running back, grasped the ball with one hand to dismiss Phil Caley for two off Chris Brook's bowling.
Then, in the following over, Paul Slade found the edge of Ian McKinlay's bat to give Turner a straightforward slip catch.
Yasir Arafat and Kyle Sharp tried to steady the innings, only for Sharp to become Slade's second wicket with an easy catch by Adrian Holmes with the total only on 23.
This prompted Arafat to try and hit St Albans out of trouble, blasting the score to 64, including three sixes off Brook.
However, he then nicked his first delivery from Under-16 player Charlie Randall to grateful wicketkeeper Harry McCue.
Left-arm pace bowler Randall, a pupil at Heathcote School in Stevenage, was impressive in his first full outing for the Park at this level.
The wickets proceeded to fall steadily, all caught, the most spectacular being the dismissal of Phil Dorsett (14) with an acrobatic dive by Adam Sergeant off the bowling of Skeggs.
At 129-9, Saints looked unlikely to even gain a bonus batting point.
But the last 13 overs of their innings saw 16-year-old Dan Lovett and Richard O'Toole (51) bat through to a competitive score of 177.
Captain Tony Skeggs returned the home side's best bowling figures of 4-47 from 14 overs.
There was a glimmer of hope for the visitors when Knebworth batted.
Both opening batters, Ryan Skeggs and Steve Gregory, were dismissed lbw to James Goodwin by the 13th over with the score only on 37.
A partnership of 84 between Turner and Adrian Holmes then took control of the match.
Holmes was the only other wicket to fall for 31 after lofting an easy catch to Kyle Sharp off St Albans skipper Martin Jones with the score on 121.
Turner, batting with typical calmness and assurance, ended the day unbeaten on 113 as Park got home with five overs to spare.
The winning shot hit by Adam Sergeant, who finished 24 not out, ensured Knebworth took all 30 points with 181-3.
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