Terrific recovery comes without reward as Knebworth Park fall to Chorleywood

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:29 19 July 2018

Matt Hutchinson got two wickets but Knebworth Park fell to defeat at home to Chorleywood. Picture: DANNY LOO

Matt Hutchinson got two wickets but Knebworth Park fell to defeat at home to Chorleywood. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Knebworth Park hauled themselves to within touching distance of victory before falling to a narrow loss at home to Chorleywood.

The visitors had raced ahead in their innings before posting 225-9 in the Herts Cricket League Division One match.

And Park were in position for a late assault before coming up 43 runs short.

Chorleywood blasted out of the blocks and were on their way to a potentially impregnable total at 162-2 off 28 overs.

But Knebworth reeled that in taking seven more wickets for just 92 runs.

The tide turned with the run-out of Ryan Evans (77) who had been in full cry until being restricted by the medium pace of Lewis Hutchinson.

Partner Ed Lye (34) fell soon after to Hutchinson, who turned in a crucial spell of 2-41, before Mason Tewkesbury pulled off an amazing catch to further apply the brakes to Chorleywood’s run chase.

Lewis’s brother Matt finished with 2-23 although a last-wicket stand of 31 frustrated Park and eventually proved to be a factor in the defeat.

Guy Warman promoted himself to open the batting and while he was at the crease Knebworth looked in good shape as he hit a quick-fire 50.

David Steadman (42) and Charlie Randall (43) then put together a stand of 86 for the fifth wicket, steadily putting Park in a position to make a late assault for victory.

But both were undone by the late introduction to the attack of Guy Manson-Bishop whose 4-32 snuffed out their ambitions as they wilted to 214 all out.

A below-par performance with the bat cost the seconds dear at Chipperfield Clarendon with an eight-wicket loss.

They posted 204 all out, mainly thanks to a sparkling half-century from in-form skipper Jono Evetts.

The Park could have powered on but they failed to build enough partnerships to pose a commanding total.

An excellent 68 from Bobbi Orlandi wasn’t enough for the thirds as they also lost by eight wickets to fellow strugglers Pirton.

But a brilliant partnership of 132 between Phil Wheeler, hitting a career best 78, and Matt Inman’s 92 not out on his first appearance of the season, sent the fourths to a 72-run win over Hitchin.

Catherine Cirkel returned figures of 4-12 with the ball while dad Jonathan took 2-42.

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