Knebworth get season off to winning start at Bishop's Stortford
PUBLISHED: 09:25 11 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:25 11 May 2017
Knebworth Park Cricket Club's first team travelled to Bishop's Stortford 2nds for their first game of the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League Division Two A season - and came away with a 35-run victory.
Having lost the toss, they were put into bat on what seemed to be a very good wicket.
But things didn’t quite go to plan as they found themselves on 66-5.
That brought wicket-keeper Rana Arslan and skipper Guy Warman together and the pair put on a very important 50 partnership, running hard between the wickets and putting the bad ball away.
When both went in quick succession, with the score on 124, the innings could of easily fell apart.
But the lower order, held together with Sadiq Kamal, managed to get the score to 154 all out.
The opening partnership with the ball of the evergreen Sam McCrow and Charlie Randall started well and it wasn’t long until they had Stortford in trouble.
Two wickets each for the new-ball bowlers put Stortford on 33-4 but when two catches went down in the field, both off McCrow, there was a feeling that the missed opportunities could be very costly.
A change of bowling brought Warman and Matt Hutchinson together and with tension growing it was Hutchinson who was to make the breakthrough, taking two wickets in two balls.
Jack Orchard then claimed a smart caught and bowled and two more smart pieces of fielding from McCrow and Ross Courtney brought the Park two more wickets through run outs.
Orchard claimed the final wicket.
Watford Town travel to KPCC next week and the Park will be very keen to make it two wins from two.
The seconds couldn’t follow suit in their match against Old Finchleians in Division Three A.
They made 176 in their innings, Rob Morley top-scoring with 54, and despite strong bowling they couldn’t prevent Finchley taking the win by six wickets.
The 3rds also suffered a bad start as they were bowled out for just 65 runs on their way to a nine-wicket defeat against a strong Tewin side.
And the 4ths completed the run of defeats with a 73-run loss to Holtwhites 3rds.