Gallery: Frazer shines with bat and ball in WGC win over Reading
PUBLISHED: 18:07 26 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:19 26 October 2009
Home Counties Premier League Division One Welwyn Garden City 249-9 Reading 110-10 BEN Frazer put in a man-of-the-match performance to guide WGC to a 139-run victory over Reading. Herts all-rounder Frazer excelled on Saturday. He smashed a half-century a
Home Counties Premier League Division One
Welwyn Garden City 249-9 Reading 110-10
BEN Frazer put in a man-of-the-match performance to guide WGC to a 139-run victory over Reading.
Herts all-rounder Frazer excelled on Saturday.
He smashed a half-century and also claimed four wickets, including a hat-trick.
It gave the Digswell Park club a much-needed home victory, and provided some light relief to a season where the side have drawn far too many games.
The win also keeps alive WGC's admittedly faint hopes of being crowned league champions in a season when one of seven clubs could still claim the honour.
Reading are not one of them and they look likely to be relegated along with either Slough or Falkland.
Visiting skipper David Barnes won the toss and elected to field first at Digswell Park.
Dan Blacktopp, fresh from his hundred for Herts against Suffolk, and the prolific James Hewitt were not their usual fluent selves.
Blacktopp, surviving a slip chance, hit a few boundaries and was caught behind in the ninth over with the score on 30, 20 of which were credited to him.
Hewitt was also struggling to turn the ball and was out driving loosely to left-arm spinner Luke Beaven after scoring 21 in an hour at the crease.
Beaven soon had Jamie Southgate stumped for a duck and at 69-3 with 24 overs gone the situation was far from comfortable for the home side.
But the WGC batting order has real strength in depth - every one of the 11 has a big hundred to his name.
Ben Frazer crashed his first ball for four and Gavin Baker, up the order at number three, added 64 runs for the fourth wicket to give the foundations for a good score.
Spinner Beaven, who finished with 6-82 from 27 overs, trapped Baker lbw for 45 and this started a shaky spell for WGC.
Four wickets went down for only 42 runs.
Frazer was out for a 63-ball 60, Nick Lamb for six and Aaron Laraman for one.
But Aussie Derek Tate with 46, and Simon White with an unbeaten 27, put on 70 runs in 12 overs to give Reading a 250 target to chase.
A typically accurate and mean spell from Laraman, who took 2-14 from 12 overs, meant that the win target looked a long way off.
Baker at the other end took wickets in his second, fourth and seventh overs and Reading were on the ropes at 34-4.
With Laraman claiming another one and one for Southgate, this meant that six wickets were down before 60 was on the board.
David Barr held firm with an unbeaten 38 but the rest of the match belonged to Ben Frazer.
His hat-trick in his fifth over sent the score from 71-6 to 71-9.
The last wicket put on 39 runs to give the visitors a batting point but Frazer had the final word with his fourth victim.
He finished with figures of 4-14 from nine overs as the visitors ended 139 runs adrift.
The win gave WGC 25 points and saw them close the gap to five points behind fifth-placed Radlett.
Next up is a trip to take on third-placed Banbury on Saturday. Banbury will be looking to bounce back after losing to High Wycombe.