Knebworth almost pull off the highly unlikely before Old Albanian clinch victory

PUBLISHED: 11:19 20 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:37 21 June 2018

Old Albanian's Moz Hayat is caught and bowled by Knebworth's Gareth Jones in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOO

Old Albanian's Moz Hayat is caught and bowled by Knebworth's Gareth Jones in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Knebworth Park were within sight of an unlikely victory after a determined fightback before two wickets in successive deliveries consigned them to a second home defeat in a row.

Old Albanian's Zahir Ahmed faces a delivery in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOOOld Albanian's Zahir Ahmed faces a delivery in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOO

They won the toss and chose to field first and watched as Old Albanian made 193.

Knebworth celebrate a wicket in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOOKnebworth celebrate a wicket in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOO

They were eight down and 71 runs adrift in reply but had clawed most of it back before falling 27 short.

Old Albanian's Zahid Ali Khan walks off in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOOOld Albanian's Zahid Ali Khan walks off in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOO

Knebworth were under pressure early as OAs made 30 in the first four overs but slowly the home side battled back.

Knebworth celebrate a wicket in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOOKnebworth celebrate a wicket in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOO

Good lines coupled with some great fielding and catching had the visitors 41-4, Sam McCrow being the pick of the bowlers with 4-25 in his 10 overs.

Old Albanian's Zahid Ali Khan is bowled by Knebworth's Gareth Jones in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOOOld Albanian's Zahid Ali Khan is bowled by Knebworth's Gareth Jones in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOO

A stand of 125 built with some patient batting had OAs looking at a big score with 10 overs to go.

Old Albanian's Zahid Ali Khan is bowled by Knebworth's Gareth Jones in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOOOld Albanian's Zahid Ali Khan is bowled by Knebworth's Gareth Jones in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOO

But the Park bowlers finished strong with Ali taking 4-26 and Gareth Jones 2-11 to keep Albanian below 200.

Knebworth's Gareth Jones prepares to bowl in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOOKnebworth's Gareth Jones prepares to bowl in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOO

Jones would return with the bat to take Park to within sight of an unlikely win along with Jack Orchard but that partnership only arrived after a steady loss of wickets.

Knebworth's Muhammed Ali dives to stop a straiht drive in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOOKnebworth's Muhammed Ali dives to stop a straiht drive in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOO

Park struggled to 81-6 and then 122-8 with only Adam Sergeant and Dave Steadman showing any resistance leaving any thought of winning way off in the distance.

Knebworth's Gareth Jones prepares to bowl in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOOKnebworth's Gareth Jones prepares to bowl in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOO

Jones got to 26 and Orchard 21* before the two wickets put an end to Park’s hopes.

Knebworth's Muhammed Ali bowls in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOOKnebworth's Muhammed Ali bowls in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOO

The second and third teams had little luck either.

Knebworth's Muhammad Asif chases down a ball in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOOKnebworth's Muhammad Asif chases down a ball in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOO

Hoddesdon put the seconds to the sword, reaching a massive 363-4 before bowling Knebworth out for 245.

Old Albanian's Moz Hayat faces a delivery in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOOOld Albanian's Moz Hayat faces a delivery in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOO

Alex Richmond was the only bowler to restrict the scoring and 88 from skipper Jono Evetts were the highlights for the Park.

Old Albanian's Moz Hayat faces a delivery in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOOOld Albanian's Moz Hayat faces a delivery in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOO

It was a familiar story for the thirds as their batting once again was below-par.

Old Albanian's Moz Hayat faces a delivery in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOOOld Albanian's Moz Hayat faces a delivery in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOO

Ian Woods finished with 3-21 and Jack Randall 3-30 while Kunal Sharma and Spencer Bayford both bagged two wickets as Chipperfield Clarendon made 167.

Knebworth's Muhammad Ali bowls in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOOKnebworth's Muhammad Ali bowls in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOO

But only Danny Digweed and Sharma made any kind of score as Park were all out for 120.

Knebworth's Muhammad Ali bowls in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOOKnebworth's Muhammad Ali bowls in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOO

But there was better news for the fourths as they beat Harrow Town by six wickets.

Knebworth in the field in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOOKnebworth in the field in the match between Knebworth Park and Old Albanian. Picture: DANNY LOO

Richard Wheeler (3-29), Amelia Kemp (2-27) and John Inman (2-15) starred with the ball before Chris Johnson (19*), Jonathan Cirkel (33), Catherine Cirkel (19) and James Roos (13*) hurried them home to victory.

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