Massive Finchleians stand stuns Knebworth

PUBLISHED: 17:58 17 June 2008 | UPDATED: 22:26 26 October 2009

Saracens Herts League Division Two Knebworth Park 2nds 200-9 Old Finchleians 202-1 A PROMISING batting display by the Park s 2nds was completely overshadowed by a dazzling, unbroken partnership of nearly 200 by their opponents Old Finchleians. Winning th

Saracens Herts League Division Two

Knebworth Park 2nds 200-9 Old Finchleians 202-1

A PROMISING batting display by the Park's 2nds was completely overshadowed by a dazzling, unbroken partnership of nearly 200 by their opponents Old Finchleians.

Winning the toss and batting first on an excellent track, Knebworth set about building an innings in sensible style.

Colin Letford (24) and Phil Simpson (51) set the foundations at a steady if unspectacular pace, though Letford eventually fell to a diving catch behind the stumps.

Adam Ezekiel fell somewhat unfortunately next ball, but Simpson and skipper Shaun Robinson stayed calm and they built a valuable partnership of 74.

At 98-3 after 30 overs, Park were going well. However, only 25 runs were added in the next 10 overs.

This poor spell culminated with the loss of Simpson as he went for an injudicious slog with the score on 122.

With Robinson (60) keeping the strike rotating, Alex Richmond (20) and then Louis Champion (17) helped accelerate the scoring.

Robinson and Champion fell within a few balls of each other and Park were 185-7. Some swipes from Maz Iqbal (10) helped see Park to 200-9 off 53 overs.

However, the target proved too little as the Park was given a lesson in putting bad balls away, of which the Knebworth bowlers supplied the batsmen with far too many.

Michael Fisher grabbed an early wicket thanks to a fine diving catch by Robinson, but his opening partner Jack Thorn pulled up with a side strain after bowling only three overs.

The Old Finchleians pairing of Wynne-Jones and Derala then set about the bowling attack with relish.

They showed just how good the track was with some sumptuous shots on the rise, putting pressure on the bowlers, who were unable to keep the ball in good areas for long enough.

Robinson uncharacteristically tried seven different bowlers in search of a breakthrough, but found the opposition content to wait for bad balls and then put them away with great assurance.

Derala made a richly-deserved maiden century to finish on 105 not out.

Wynne-Jones was unbeaten on 87 as Old Finchleians beat Knebworth Park by nine wickets with nine overs to spare.

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