Old Owens and Knebworth Park battle it out across three Herts Cricket League matches
PUBLISHED: 08:14 06 July 2018 | UPDATED: 08:18 06 July 2018
Old Owens and Knebworth Park battled it out in three fixtures and it was the Potters Bar club who edged it in two.
The main one saw the club’s first teams meet in SHCL Division One and the league leaders were worthy winners.
Batting first in the shadow of Knebworth House, Owens made 305-8.
Ralph Lane top-scored on 71 but he was ably assisted by Conor Robson, who made 57, and Jordan Cleghorn who hit 46.
The Park bowlers were never able to curb the consistent scoring with only Sam McCrow (3-43) and Mo Asif (2-41) getting economical figures.
Even the normally frugal bowling of skipper Guy Warman could not curtail the big total.
An early setback in the run chase was the loss of Asif but Josh Roseberry was again looking in excellent form until he was run out.
It sparked a fatal collapse as they slid from a hopeful 47-1 to 77-8.
A superbly aggressive 57 from Charlie Randall did bring respectability to proceedings before he holed out and they finished 134 all out.
Jack Bloxham had the best bowling figures with 3-34 while Caleb Hewson and Robert Sibley took two wickets each.
Owen’s second team also beat Park’s thirds despite a magnificent first-ever league century for Ian Pickering.
However, his 101 was no match for Robinson Thiruchelvam’s unbeaten 128 and 53 from Tim Lane.
Umair Atta also managed 47 and took 3-41 as Owens won by 31 runs.
Knebworth did have one success over Owens as the fourths beat the thirds by 13 runs.
Dean Digweed hit his first half-century for the club, his innings of 60 coming just after they had plunged from a runaway 68-0 to 77-5.
It got them to 188-8 in their 40 overs, Tom Fuller taking 3-30 for Owens.
Ricci Achillini (33), Naman Paropkari (31) and Alan Hunter (30) kept the visitors in the game but John Inman (3-20), Richard Wheeler (2-20) and Isabella Hopcroft (2-47) ensured Park took the win.