Centuries for Welwyn Garden City’s Shah and Champion in victory

PUBLISHED: 15:16 13 August 2015

Owais Shah of Welwyn

Owais Shah of Welwyn

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Former England man Owais Shah stole the headlines from this terrific win at Bishop’s Stortford, scoring a century and taking four wickets.

On another day, opener Louis Champion, who struck 100 to help WGC’s steam towards the required total, would be taking the full plaudits for a fine performance.

His excellent knock was overshadowed by Shah though, who crafted an unbeaten 120 from 123 balls having already taken 4-68 in a measured WGC bowling effort. A first win in five matches was much needed for James Hewitt’s stuttering side.

As has been the fashion recently for WGC, having won the toss, they inserted the opposition.

There was no exception against visitors BS despite the wicket looking flat and the outfield fast – and paceman Scott Walter unavailable.

Openers Matthew Rodgers (104) and Eddie Ballard (67) put on 124 for the first wicket and even losing the former WGC player to Shah didn’t slow things down, as Rodgers continued with no.3 Wells (53) and put on 100 for the second wicket.

Thankfully for WGC, they got a grip after dismissing Rodgers and Wells and 221-1 turned to 251-5 and eventually with a total of 300+ looking likely, WGC, through Simon Bridgewater and Alex Chalker, were able to limit the scoring and the innings ended on a competitive 278-6.

Hewitt has struggled for runs this season and he again fell cheaply in the third over.

However, from 15-1, Champion and Simon Greenall (22) steadied the ship, putting on 50 for the second wicket until Greenall was dismissed with score on 65.

A partnership of 195 between Shah and Champion took WGC to the brink of victory before Champion was dismissed allowing Aaron Laraman and Andrew Nolan to see the team home by six wickets.

The victory comes just in the nick of time, with North Mymms up next at Home Farm.


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