Redbourn remain in touch for promotion after Knebworth win

Josh Arnold had a successful bowling spell against Knebworth Park. Picture: DANNY LOO

Josh Arnold had a successful bowling spell against Knebworth Park. Picture: DANNY LOO - Credit: Archant

Redbourn kept their noses well and truly in the promotion hunt from Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League Division Three A with a five-wicket win over Knebworth Park 2nds.

Having won the toss and elected to bat Knebworth got off to a flyer, with 68 for the opening wicket in less than seven overs.

Realising the need to take pace off the ball, skipper Dan Roe brought in two spinners, Adam Pritchard and Josh Arnold.

These changes proved crucial in Redbourn’s comeback, with Pritchard soon picking up the number two batsmen, Hayden Bartlett-Tasker for 40, followed by Arnold picking up Edward Wright soon after.

Knebworth soon saw a stall in their innings, as Pritchard bowled extremely well, supported by Arnold, meaning that at 37 overs Knebworth were 143-4.

Stubborn innings from Mark Winchester (57*) and Alex Richmond (31) though helped guide Park to a defendable total of 244-8.

Pritchard finished with 2-28 for his 15 overs and five maidens.

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Roe himself came on to clear the lower middle order, finishing on 3-48.

Redbourn’s reply stuttered early on with opener Ed Hales departed for just eight.

Simon Osman and Gary Sandford were able to place a brilliant foundation for Redbourn, with a 71 run partnership, before Osman fell lbw for a marvellous 48.

Redbourn soon faced a worry of a collapse with two wickets falling for 38 runs, including Sandford, who batted patiently for his 48.

However, the Roe brothers’, Dan and Ben, saw Redbourn to victory with seven balls remaining; Ben hitting a stupendous 66 not out, aided by Dan’s 36.

The 2nds couldn’t make it two wins though for the club, suffering a nine-wicket loss to Kings Langley’s second-string.

Redbourn won the toss and elected to bat but got off to a poor start losing three wickets for 45 runs.

Dave Irwin (42) and James Speirs (38) put on a 45 run partnership to ignite some hope but once they went Redbourn collapsed to 192 all out.

The bowling could not halt the visitor’s march to victory with Conor Yorath taking the only wicket.

Tim George scored an unbeaten 107 and Kevin Rolfe 62 not out as Kings Langley remain second in Division Six A.