Warman leads the way in Knebworth's entertaining victory over Ickleford
PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 June 2018
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Guy Warman played a true captain's innings to guide Knebworth Park to a three-wicket victory over Ickleford in Saracens Herts Cricket League Division One.
Their run chase had looked precarious as three quick wickets had seen them slip to 183-7, still 41 runs short of the visitors’ 223-9.
But Warman settled any nerves with 21 not out from just 12 balls as he and Matt Hutchinson (32*) secured the win.
Hutchinson’s innings included one massive six that embedded itself high up in the maple tree never to be retrieved.
The Park’s chase for victory began dynamically as Mo Asif powered 52, including six fours and two sixes in an opening stand of 55 with Tom Liversidge.
Adam Sergeant carried on the good work with 20 and although the Park reply stuttered briefly, Tariq Umair (53) and Charlie Randall (25) took them within sight of victory thanks to a fifth-wicket stand of 62, a success that came in the 45th over despite the late wobble.
Earlier Ickleford had begun well with a sound opening stand of 40 before Asif took a screamer of a catch in the slips off Sam McCrow to remove opener Jack Edwards.
That was one of a string of brilliant catches by the hosts with Randall, Sergeant and Ross Courtney all getting in on the act.
Ickleford had slumped to 88-5 at one point before Dillon Smit’s 60, supported by 26 from Ben Mason, turned the game round.
Courtney’s acrobatic catch on the deep mid-wicket boundary removed Smit and finished the resistance.
Warman finished with figures of 3-33, closely followed by 3-42 from Randall and McCrow’s 2-33.
The win capped another great day for the Park, winning three of the club’s four games.
The seconds won for the third week running, beating Hatfield Hyde by five wickets to move third in Division Four A.
Under 15 all-rounder Ollie O’Brien and Alex Richmond both got three wickets while Gareth Jones and Graham Fisher got two.
And Richmond and Jono Evetts guided them to victory.
A career-best 71 not out from Phil Wheeler carved out a convincing nine-wicket win for the fourths over Cheshunt 2nds while the thirds were the only team to lose despite a superb 5-32 from Ben Childs helping bowl Weston out for 186.