County Cup semi-final place for Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 17:46 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:07 26 October 2009

James Hewitt made 36 against Welwyn Garden City

James Hewitt made 36 against Welwyn Garden City

Herts County Cup Quarter-Final Welwyn Garden City 309-7 Potters Bar 151-10 BEN Frazer fell an agonising two runs short of a century as WGC beat Potters Bar in the Herts County Cup quarter-final. The big-hitting Frazer took the game by the scruff of the n

Herts County Cup Quarter-Final

Welwyn Garden City 309-7 Potters Bar 151-10

BEN Frazer fell an agonising two runs short of a century as WGC beat Potters Bar in the Herts County Cup quarter-final.

The big-hitting Frazer took the game by the scruff of the neck when WGC batted, and ensured a record County Cup total by the Digswell Park side in Sunday's derby.

With 13 fours and three sixes, Frazer smashed 98 in only 77 balls and put WGC in a very strong position.

Frazer and James Hewitt added 96 for the first wicket in only 14 overs.

Former Middlesex and Kent star Hewitt was first to go, stumped reverse sweeping off Nesan Jeyaratnam for 36.

For once prolific former Middlesex county player Aaron Laraman was found wanting as he scored only one run before being caught by Mike Palmer off Lenny Cooper's bowling.

But Aussie Derek Tate and Frazer then continued the run feast.

They added 57 runs in only 10 overs before Frazer was finally caught just short of a merited century.

Tate followed soon after but Nick Lamb, timing the balls beautifully, and Herts player Simon White put on another 68 runs at seven an over.

Teenager Jamie Southgate (13) and Gavin Baker (16 not out) with two huge sixes helped Lamb, who finished on an unbeaten 62 to get WGC past 300 as the innings was curtailed by two overs.

As Bar opened their batting, Gavin Baker removed former Hatfield batsman Steve Gale for only four to leave the side from The Walk on 19-1 when the heavens opened after only five overs play.

When play could resume, Potters Bar were now required to score an eminently gettable, given Twenty20 experience, 142 more runs for victory in 20 overs.

Jeyaratnam and Sri Lankan Lanka de Silva threatened to win the game by scoring at the required rate before the former chanced Tate's arm for a second run and lost.

A brilliant leg-side stumping by wicketkeeper Dan Blacktopp dismissed de Silva off Simon White's bowling.

The game looked lost for Potters Bar as they needed 96 runs from 12 overs with most of their recognised batsmen out.

However, captain Lenny Cooper launched a furious assault with 46 runs from only 21 balls.

A brilliant piece of fielding from Frazer dismissed Cooper and then WGC's undisputed man of the match dismissed Palmer and Hodge to leave WGC the winners by 10 runs.

The Digswell Park club will now face local rivals North Mymms in the semi-final, with the match due to take place on Sunday, August 24.

It's back to league action on Saturday, as WGC travel to Slough in Division One of the HCPL.

The Berkshire club have lost seven of their 14 games this season, and following the cancellation of their game with Banbury at the weekend, they are third from bottom in the league.

WGC will be looking for a strong end to a frustrating season.

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