Roseberry's knock in vain against Datchworth

PUBLISHED: 18:29 27 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:04 26 October 2009

Saracens Herts League Division Five Knebworth 3rds 151-8 Datchworth 155-4 AN exquisite innings of 74 from Josh Roseberry wasn t enough as Knebworth Park 3rds fell away disastrously to a derby defeat at home to Datchworth. Despite Roseberry s efforts with

Saracens Herts League Division Five

Knebworth 3rds 151-8 Datchworth 155-4

AN exquisite innings of 74 from Josh Roseberry wasn't enough as Knebworth Park 3rds fell away disastrously to a derby defeat at home to Datchworth.

Despite Roseberry's efforts with the bat, Knebworth could only post 151-8 in the Herts League Division Five clash.

Datchworth seem to have put their poor start to the season behind them as they notched up their second successive win with a comfortable six-wicket victory.

Captain John Wells' decision to ask the Park to bat first appeared to backfire as Roseberry punished anything loose and with a more restrained Painter put on 91 for the first wicket.

But when Roseberry was run out for 74 by a fine direct throw from Stroomer, no other batsmen was able to force the pace and the innings fell into decline.

As the pace was taken off the ball, the runs dried up with only Chris Dance (24) contributing a score of any significance and the Park innings closed at 151-8.

At one stage with Nash and Wells bowling in tandem, only 37 runs were scored in 26 overs for the loss of five wickets.

Stroomer then picked up 3-15 as the innings meandered to a conclusion on an even paced wicket, fast outfield and short boundaries and the Park total looked some 70 runs short of a challenging score.

In reply, the Park took to the field looking for an early breakthrough and a glimmer of hope.

Unfortunately, it never came in spite of some probing bowling.

Chris Gordon, promoted from the Datchworth 2nd XI, and Matt Budd gave the visitors a steady start until Budd was bowled for 12 with the score on 44.

After Darren Croucher followed lbw for nine, Steve Stroomer (41) and Gordon (50) looked in command and took the score to 117.

Both succumbed to the leg spin of young Ed Emsley, who showed some promise in an otherwise gloomy outing for the Park.

Nick Webb (24 not out) and Steve Groves then batted sensibly to steer Datchworth home with eight overs to spare.


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