Knebworth almost pull off the highly unlikely before Old Albanian clinch victory
PUBLISHED: 11:19 20 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:37 21 June 2018
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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.
They won the toss and chose to field first and watched as Old Albanian made 193.
They were eight down and 71 runs adrift in reply but had clawed most of it back before falling 27 short.
Knebworth were under pressure early as OAs made 30 in the first four overs but slowly the home side battled back.
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.
A stand of 125 built with some patient batting had OAs looking at a big score with 10 overs to go.
But the Park bowlers finished strong with Ali taking 4-26 and Gareth Jones 2-11 to keep Albanian below 200.
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.
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.
Jones got to 26 and Orchard 21* before the two wickets put an end to Park’s hopes.
The second and third teams had little luck either.
Hoddesdon put the seconds to the sword, reaching a massive 363-4 before bowling Knebworth out for 245.
Alex Richmond was the only bowler to restrict the scoring and 88 from skipper Jono Evetts were the highlights for the Park.
It was a familiar story for the thirds as their batting once again was below-par.
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.
But only Danny Digweed and Sharma made any kind of score as Park were all out for 120.
But there was better news for the fourths as they beat Harrow Town by six wickets.
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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