Change in format but no change in result as the WGC juggernaut marches onwards

PUBLISHED: 12:09 15 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:09 15 June 2017

Owais Shah hit an unbeaten 88 as Welwyn Garden City defeated Totteridge Millhillians in SHCL Premier Division. Picture: MELISSA PAGE

Owais Shah hit an unbeaten 88 as Welwyn Garden City defeated Totteridge Millhillians in SHCL Premier Division. Picture: MELISSA PAGE

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The change in format from limited overs to timed matches may have brought a change in clothing but it didn’t bring a change of fortunes for Welwyn Garden City Cricket Club – as they cruised to a five-wicket win over Totteridge Millhillians in Saracens Herts Cricket League Premier Division.

The teams had been playing in coloured clothing and with a pink ball for the opening five weeks, a period which has saw WGC win all their games bar one when rain intervened.

This was always going to be a tough ask, away to the side directly below the Digswell Park club in the table.

Winning the toss, skipper Andrew Nolan invited the home side to bat first hoping for some early nip in the pitch.

But Millhillians’ openers Ben Howgego and Chris Mason managed to blunt the new ball attack of Julian Chinn (4-70) and debutant Shay Emerton.

And despite losing skipper and number three Shaun O’Brien lbw to Chinn for three, all the top order got good starts.

However, they were all pegged back and WGC picked up crucial wickets through good bowling, or on two occasions excellent fielding, as both Nolan and Emerton affected run outs and after 60 overs the Totteridge innings finished on 260.

In reply WGC lost James Southgate early for four but all the WGC batsmen got good runs.

Louis Champion (36), Adil Arif (22) and Nolan (21) perhaps should have gone on to clinch the match for the visitors but it was the third-wicket stand of 120 between Daniel Blacktopp and Owais Shah which broke the back of the chase and allowed WGC to win with two overs to spare.

Blacktopp finished on 68 while Shah remained unbeaten on 88.

The 2nds lost by five wickets to Bushey but the 3rds won by two wickets against Cockfosters 2nds.

The 4ths drew with West Herts 3rds despite making 233-7 in their innings.

It was the Woolley and Little show for the 5ths against Datchworth 4ths as James Woolley (80) and Nicki Little (57) put on over 100 for the first wicket.

It meant the team ended up on 202 in their 40 overs, a score which was always going to be a tough ask for the visitors.

And so it proved, although good spells from Paul Howes (3-15) and Woolley (3-7) meant Datchworth were all out for 72.

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