Knebworth Park Brox clever as Muhammad Asif delivers knockout blow in fine victory

PUBLISHED: 07:05 12 July 2018

Knebworth's Muhammed Ali top scored in their fine victory over Broxbourne with 90. Picture: DANNY LOO

Knebworth's Muhammed Ali top scored in their fine victory over Broxbourne with 90. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Knebworth Park romped to an 82-run win over Broxbourne on Saturday to invigorate their Saracens Herts Cricket League Division One campaign.

It overturned two previous defeats at the hands of their east Herts opponents, having lost to them in the county cup final last year and in the opening fixture of this season.

Overall, it was a highly-controlled team performance that was given a strong start by Mo Asif, showing a certain amount of restraint in a fine innings of 90 which, along with Josh Roseberry’s 32, gave them a solid start of 79 off the first 20 overs.

Adam Sergeant (31) carried on the good work and 29 from Charlie Randall maintained momentum.

A flurry of wickets at the end, lost in search of quick runs, saw them slip from 208-4 to 240-9 in the last seven overs.

Sam McCrow made the breakthrough in the first over and a run-out left Broxbourne 30-2.

And after the resumption following the football, the hosts started to fall further behind.

The Park’s spinners were progressively gaining a stranglehold on the game.

Matt Hutchinson’s 3-36, bowled in a terrific spell, and Asif’s 2-40 made run-scoring difficult and they slumped to 128-8.

Steve Humphries did his best with a counter-attacking 33 before he was last out as Mo Ali added 3-18 to leave Broxbourne all out for 158.

The seconds also had a good win, beating North Mymms 2nds by seven wickets.

Niels Hart and Ollie O’Brien took three wickets each as Mymms were removed for just 132 and that left the stage free for Robert Morley to crack a fine half-century.

He started things off with a sweetly-timed pull which sailed over the boundary for six before reaching 51 not out as Park eased home.

Skipper Jono Evetts (26) and teenager Archie Stephens (34) chipped in with valuable runs too.

However, the thirds and fourths both suffered defeats.

The thirds lost by five wickets at Potters Bar, Mark Taylor taking four of them for the loss of just 16 runs.

But Park never got going with the bat as Pete Bayford top-scored with 21.

And the fourths lost by eight wickets to Hoddesdon, Dean Digweed’s 47 and Phil Wheeler’s 33 the stand-out figures.

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