Opening derby victory for Knebworth Park

PUBLISHED: 17:28 14 May 2009 | UPDATED: 22:07 26 October 2009

Saracens Herts League Division One Hitchin 142-10 Knebworth Park 145-2 KNEBWORTH Park got their Saracens Herts League campaign off to an impressive start with an emphatic derby victory. The Park recorded a thoroughly comprehensive eight-wicket win agains

Saracens Herts League Division One

Hitchin 142-10 Knebworth Park 145-2

KNEBWORTH Park got their Saracens Herts League campaign off to an impressive start with an emphatic derby victory.

The Park recorded a thoroughly comprehensive eight-wicket win against Hichin on Saturday to open their Division One title assault with maximum bonus points.

Skipper Tony Skeggs won the toss and asked Hitchin to bat first.

His opening attack of Paul Slade and Charlie Randall put Hitchin under immediate pressure.

Slade struck in his second and fifth overs, after which he had conceded runs off just two balls to have figures of 2-5.

At 23-2, visitors Hitchin tried to mount a fightback. Their overseas player, Auckland first-class all-rounder Rob Nicol, and Jim Lewis batted positively against good bowling by Slade, off-spinner Tom Hemingway and new Park all-rounder Rob Large, who has joined the club after many years as captain of Buckingham Town.

Hitchin had recovered to 76-2 when Nicol was brilliantly caught in the deep by Sam McCrow.

He took the swirling skier coming down over his shoulder while running towards the boundary with nonchalant ease - which was quite an effort as he had dropped a sitter earlier on.

Lewis fell leg before for 38 trying one big hit too many off Large and when Will Pugh chipped Large to Skeggs at mid-on, the writing was on the wall for Hitchin.

The visitors were eventually all out for 142 in the 44th over.

Slade bowled beautifully to finish with 4-19 off 11 overs.

Large took 3-37 off 11, Hemingway 2-47 off 10 and McCrow 1-7 off five.

The Park's reply began in composed fashion with Large and the Park's returning Australian player, Jarrod Turner, both looking fluent. Large had made 30 and the pair had taken the Park to 58, when he was caught.

And when Turner flicked to Craig Milwood at square-leg shortly afterwards for 32, the Park were 71-2 and a wobble could have set in.

But Skeggs was joined by wicketkeeper-batsman Louis Champion and the pair calmly took Park on a cruise to victory.

Skeggs finished 42 not out and county U17 left-hander Champion made an unbeaten 34 as the Park reached 145-2 in the 33rd over.


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