Jerome snaps up five wickets for Knebworth Park 2nds

PUBLISHED: 07:25 14 May 2009 | UPDATED: 22:07 26 October 2009

RICHARD Jerome snapped up five wickets as Knebworth Park 2nds beat Northwood in a thrilling finish. Jerome took the final wicket to fall as the Park claimed a nail-biting Saracens Herts League Division Two victory by seven runs. After an impressive Park b

RICHARD Jerome snapped up five wickets as Knebworth Park 2nds beat Northwood in a thrilling finish.

Jerome took the final wicket to fall as the Park claimed a nail-biting Saracens Herts League Division Two victory by seven runs.

After an impressive Park batting show to post 230-7 declared, they seemed destined to lose before taking the last three wickets in a dramatic turnaround.

Choosing to bat first on a pitch which looked to have plenty in it for bowlers, Colin Letford (123) and Phil Simpson (55) set about building the basis of the Knebworth total, after the early loss of Adam Sergeant for 11.

Letford played the perfect opener's innings, playing with due care early on, before manoeuvring and manipulating the field to find the fence 21 times.

Simpson's innings was filled with shots all round the wicket, and his hard work in the winter in Australia looks to be starting to pay dividends.

After both fell, the lower order battled the score up to a very competitive 230-7 declared after 51 overs.

The bowlers struck early as Sergeant bounced out opener Noach, who was caught by Matt Hutchinson, his first of two one-handed catches.

Captain Shaun Robinson (2-68) broke a good second-wicket stand before the introduction of Jerome, who had dusted off his kitbag after two years that morning.

An eighth wicket partnership of 70 looked to have taken the game away from the Park, with Northwood needing just 12 to win with three wickets in hand and three overs to spare.

Matt Hutchinson (2-33) returned to take two wickets in an over with Jerome holding a stunning catch at slip. Jerome completed the victory in the next over with his fifth wicket of the match.


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