Hutchinson’s six of the best helps Knebworth Park past Hitchin
PUBLISHED: 17:00 31 August 2017
Knebworth Park earned the bragging rights over Hitchin in a Saracens Herts League Division Two A derby at Lucas Lane to maintain a 14-point lead over Ickleford at the top of the table.
And a fifth successive win this weekend, over local rivals St Albans, will see promoted Park go up as champions.
Captain Guy Warman chose to bat after winning the toss but saw Josh Roseberry fall without any score and Sam Sergeant follow to leave Park 13-2.
Rana Arslan hit out to reach 65, before he was third man out with the total on 89, and Ryan Skeggs (36) also chipped in.
But Park fell from 154-4 to 194 all out, with Jarrod Turner (41) one of five victims for Saad Waqas (5-45).
Samuel McCrow (2-27) made the early inroads for Park in Hitchin’s reply, before Matt Hutchinson dismissed opener and home captain Shaftab Khalid for 46.
That prompted a Hitchin collapse from 62-2 to 65-6, as Hutchinson picked up two more scaps and Ross Courtney also got in on the act.
And the writing was on the wall for the hosts after that, with Courtney (2-26) striking again to make it 80-7 and Hutchinson nabbing two more victims to complete his five-wicket haul and leave Hitchin 93-9.
Tailenders Haseeb Bajwa and Rishi Chandarana produced the second-best stand of the innings, but their 32-run partnership was ended by Hutchinson, who had figures of 6-37 as Park wrapped up a 69-run victory.
After hosting St Albans on Saturday, Park face Broxbourne in the final of the Readers Herts County Cup on Sunday (12pm).
The seconds grabbed their third win of the season against promotion hopefuls Letchworth.
Captain Gareth Jones ripped through the top order on his way to a 6-23 haul, with Geoff Bagshaw helping to reduce Letchwortth to 16-3.
Dave Albon then dominated the strike to score 125 out of his side’s 193, before Karl Padalia mopped up the tail with three wickets.
Park’s chase got off to a shaky start as Richard Winchester fell early, but Jono Evetts rebuilt the innings alongside Ollie Pitts, who was making his first appearance of the season.
Evetts fell for 28, but Alex Richmond hit an unbeaten 71 to see Park to victory, after Craig Padalia, Mark Winchester and captain Jones all chipped in at the other end.