Knebworth hold their nerve to beat Owens

PUBLISHED: 19:14 24 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:55 26 October 2009

Saracens Herts League Division Five Old Owens 188-10 Knebworth 3rds 192-9 NERVOUS Knebworth had their number 11 bat to thank after defeating high-flying Old Owens on Saturday. Usman Chaudhary was the man in question, hitting his first ball for four to se

Saracens Herts League Division Five

Old Owens 188-10 Knebworth 3rds 192-9

NERVOUS Knebworth had their number 11 bat to thank after defeating high-flying Old Owens on Saturday.

Usman Chaudhary was the man in question, hitting his first ball for four to secure the win in Division Five of the Saracens Herts Cricket League

With the covers on overnight, a good looking pitch prompted Old Owens to bat having won the toss.

The Park made early breakthroughs with a wicket each for Chaudhary and Matt Hutchinson, although runs were coming at a reasonable rate.

Both Sandy Reynolds and Tom Eaton picked up two wickets each.

At this point Old Owens counter-attacked and the scoreboard moved towards a challenging total.

However, Steve Holmes (3-11) finally brought himself on and picked up three wickets in four overs.

Matt Hutchinson came back to clean bowl the number 11 and end the Potters Bar side's innings on 188 from 44.1 overs.

Mark Turner continued his recent good form in partnership with Hayden Bartlett-Tasker and the Park had a solid start.

Mark moved to his second 50 of the season, scoring 53, and Hayden made 23 as the Old Owens score began to look below par.

Chris Scott made a brisk 31 and the Park were well placed at 150-3 with plenty of overs in hand.

However, there was plenty of drama to come.

Tom Eaton (28) fell and then skipper Steve Holmes, and when Ed Wright was out for a duck, the nerves began to set in with 27 runs still needed.

Mark Klimek joined Hutchinson and they steadily chipped away at the target and the match looked to swing back in the home side's favour.

But with the scores level, the Park wobbled again, losing Klimek for 19, Courtney and then Hutchinson.

So, with nine wickets down, last man Chaudhary strode out to score the one run required for victory, calmly hitting his first ball to the boundary to secure the 30 points.

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