Knebworth can't quite overhaul Dunstable's total
PUBLISHED: 18:57 05 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:49 26 October 2009
Saracens Herts League Division One Dunstable 198-10 Knebworth Park 188-8 KNEBWORTH Park blew a gilt-edged opportunity to beat Dunstable at home in Saracens Herts League Division One on Saturday. After an indifferent bowling performance allowed the visit
Saracens Herts League Division One
Dunstable 198-10 Knebworth Park 188-8
KNEBWORTH Park blew a gilt-edged opportunity to beat Dunstable at home in Saracens Herts League Division One on Saturday.
After an indifferent bowling performance allowed the visitors to reach 198 all out, the Park were well placed in reply.
They needed 27 off the last three overs, only to fall 11 runs short of victory.
The Park lost six wickets for 25 in the late rush for runs and ended on 188-8.
Nevertheless, they still took 14 vital points from the game to remain in second place.
The Park are now 18 points behind leaders Letchworth - the side they visit this Saturday.
The match had a delayed start due to a light shower, but it was a heavier one 30 minutes later that took six overs out of the game.
Dunstable commenced their innings after winning the toss and the bowling of Paul Slade had accounted for two wickets with only 16 runs on the board when the rain forced them all off.
He trapped Geoff Baines lbw for nine and had Ian Moody caught by Tony Skeggs for a duck.
When the match continued, Slade continued bowling with good control, but a niggling injury forced the end of his spell.
He finished with 2-15 from his seven overs.
Robbie Keogh batted solidly for Dunstable, looking to give his team a platform for a competitive score.
With Sam Cherry (10), he took the total past 50 and then the 100 plus partnership with Andy Boocock looked to be the foundation for a mighty total.
However, a magnificent catch by Ryan Skeggs, running around and back towards the longest boundary, dismissed Keogh for 71 off Jarrod Turner's bowling.
Turner's next over dismissed Boocock for 39, stumped by keeper Louis Champion.
That left Dunstable 160-5 with 10 overs remaining.
Shaun Robinson, playing his first Herts League match for the ones of the season, bowled in tandem with Turner for the rest of the innings.
Both players bowling their second spell of the innings restricted the total to 198 and claimed the final wickets.
Robinson ended with 3-46 in 15 overs and Turner took 4-51 in 13.4.
The Knebworth reply was not troubled by the weather and all 44 overs were played in the sunshine.
Turner and Steve Gregory started in familiar mode at a very good pace.
Gregory then edged to Robbie Keogh, now with the keeping gloves on, in the fourth over for 11 with the score on 26.
Turner was joined by skipper Tony Skeggs and the innings continued at a steady pace.
But when Dunstable captain Steve Watts brought himself on in the 14th over, the bowling regained a little control.
Watts' first four overs conceded only three runs and the introduction of Sam Cherry ground the Knebworth innings to a halt, with Turner being trapped leg before for 56.
Watts and Cherry bowled all the way through the rest of the match, and although Skeggs was joined by brother Ryan, they were never allowed to dominate or push the run rate passed the required six runs an over.
When Ryan (26) edged to keeper Keogh in the 39th and Tony (70), bowled in the 41st, both by Cherry, Knebworth still needed 27 runs off the last 18 deliveries.
Watts and Cherry (4-45) denied Knebworth a much-needed victory.
The Park finished on 188-8, 11 runs short of the winning line.