Potters Bar and Welwyn Garden City serve up tons of fun but Owais Shah helps City to the win

PUBLISHED: 15:30 27 June 2018

Potters Bar's Steve Gale faces a delivery from Welwyn Garden City's Connor Emerton in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOO

Potters Bar's Steve Gale faces a delivery from Welwyn Garden City's Connor Emerton in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOO

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A first home defeat of the season brought gloom to Potters Bar on a red-hot day of runs at The Walk.

Welwyn Garden City's Simon Bridgewater bowls in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOOWelwyn Garden City's Simon Bridgewater bowls in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOO

Three players hit centuries but it was the one from Owais Shah, Welwyn Garden City’s former England and Middlesex man, that was decisive.

Potters Bar's Patrick Scott faces a delivery in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOOPotters Bar's Patrick Scott faces a delivery in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOO

His unbeaten 127 took the visitors to a seven-wicket win, clinched with more than six overs to go.

Potters Bar's Patrick Scott faces a delivery in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOOPotters Bar's Patrick Scott faces a delivery in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOO

The teams had been greeted by a flat, hard pitch with a lightning-fast outfield meaning it was likely to be a shoot-out between the batsmen.

Potters Bar's Patrick Scott survives a shout for LBW in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOOPotters Bar's Patrick Scott survives a shout for LBW in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOO

And that’s how it proved.

Potters Bar's Patrick Scott faces a delivery in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOOPotters Bar's Patrick Scott faces a delivery in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOO

Before Shah let rip the home support had earlier enjoyed watching two Bar batsmen get to triple figures.

Potters Bar's Patrick Scott faces a delivery in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOOPotters Bar's Patrick Scott faces a delivery in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOO

A double breakthrough in the sixth over from Connor Emerton had accounted for James Scott and Kamran Younas and left Bar on 11-2.

Potters Bar's Patrick Scott faces a delivery in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOOPotters Bar's Patrick Scott faces a delivery in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOO

However, that brought Patrick Scott and Steve Gale together and after the former survived a big shout for a catch behind, the pair hunkered down and got the scoreboard moving with some nice batting.

Potters Bar's Steve Gale in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOOPotters Bar's Steve Gale in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOO

They put on 92 for the third wicket before Scott was removed for 56.

Potters Bar's Steve Gale faces a delivery in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOOPotters Bar's Steve Gale faces a delivery in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOO

If that partnership had been vital, the next turned out to be a joy.

Potters Bar's Patrick Scott faces a delivery in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOOPotters Bar's Patrick Scott faces a delivery in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOO

Gale, who was on 37 when Scott departed, was joined by Zawar Hussain and after a sedate start the pair cut loose.

Potters Bar's Patrick Scott faces a delivery from Welwyn Garden City's Simon Bridgewater in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOOPotters Bar's Patrick Scott faces a delivery from Welwyn Garden City's Simon Bridgewater in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOO

Hussain struck six boundaries in 20 balls as the pedal hit the metal and Gale completed his third consecutive 50.

Potters Bar's Patrick Scott faces a delivery from Welwyn Garden City's Simon Bridgewater in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOOPotters Bar's Patrick Scott faces a delivery from Welwyn Garden City's Simon Bridgewater in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOO

And they relentlessly carried on, smashing over 100 in the final 10 overs.

Potters Bar's Patrick Scott and Steve Gale have a breather in between overs in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOOPotters Bar's Patrick Scott and Steve Gale have a breather in between overs in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOO

It brought a club-record stand of 172 for the fourth wicket, eclipsing the 2015 effort between Liam Gough and Don Manuwelge.

Welwyn Garden City's Simon Bridgewater in the field in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOOWelwyn Garden City's Simon Bridgewater in the field in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOO

Hussain completed his maiden ton before eventually being bowled for 102 by Shah, a knock that included 12 fours and six sixes and came in just 96 balls.

Potters Bar's Steve Gale faces a delivery from Welwyn Garden City's Simon Bridgewater in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOOPotters Bar's Steve Gale faces a delivery from Welwyn Garden City's Simon Bridgewater in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOO

Gale also got to 102, his sixth century for Bar, with his runs now lifting to him to fourth in the all-time club scoring charts and above Tanweer Sikandar’s 2,389.

Welwyn Garden City's Jamie Southgate bowls in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOOWelwyn Garden City's Jamie Southgate bowls in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOO

They finished on an imposing 290-4, but Shah’s incredible innings, backed up by 88 from Dan Blacktopp, meant all efforts with the bat were in vain.

Welwyn Garden City in the field in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOOWelwyn Garden City in the field in the match between Potters Bar and WGC. Picture: DANNY LOO

It could be another shootout on Saturday as Bar travel to free-scoring, and second-placed, Totteridge Millhillians on a small ground.

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