At last the sun came out and Knebworth Park 2nds got their league campaign underway at Welwyn Garden City's Digswell ground. Unfortunately a lost toss proved too much to overcome as Park, put into bat on a damp pitch, found the seam movement from former Northants quickie Gavin Baker (4-12) difficult to cope with as they slumped to 10 for 4. Steve Gregory
(26) was batting well though, and when he was joined by Guy Warman
, a recovery looked on. However when their 47 run partnership was broken by Chris Stainsby (4-46) another mini slump had the Park in further trouble at 62 for 6.
It was then that Guy Warman
took the challenge on, thumping the ball to all parts as went onto a fabulous 76 including 4 sixes. He helped lift the score to 127 while contributions from the bat at the other end totalled only 5 and the loss of 2 more wickets. Soon after his demise, finding a fielder in the deep when he went for another big hit, the Park soon finally succumbed, all out for 148.
Quick wickets were then needed, but with Hertfordshire's Jamie Hewitt in thumping good form, it was quick runs that came. He helped himself to 70 on the drying pitch before holing out to a good catch in the deep for Tom Elliot off Park spin debutant Parth Patel. If only a chance when Hewitt was on 22 was taken, Patel might have made an even bigger impression than he did. As it was he still took four for 37 as Welwyn showed a few jitters in front of a turning ball. Ben Orchard
also bagged Hertfordshire's ex-Park Batsman Louis Champion but Welwyn skipper Alex Chalker eased his side passed the winning total with just the five wickets lost.