Hewitt and Tate blast WGC to victory

PUBLISHED: 19:16 27 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:04 26 October 2009

James Hewitt batting

James Hewitt batting

Home Counties Premier League Division One Falkland 204-10 Welwyn Garden City 208-3 WGC continued their unbeaten start to life in HCPL Division One with a comfortable seven-wicket victory away to bottom side Falkland. Former Middlesex and Kent all-rounder

Derek Tate batting for WGC

Home Counties Premier League Division One

Falkland 204-10 Welwyn Garden City 208-3

WGC continued their unbeaten start to life in HCPL Division One with a comfortable seven-wicket victory away to bottom side Falkland.

Former Middlesex and Kent all-rounder James Hewitt hit 66, and Australian overseas star Derek Tate continued his superb start for the Digswell Park club with a 62 knock and man-of-the-match award.

In truth, the victory was a determined team performance, with successes throughout the team.

Gavin Baker was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4-45 as he continued his positive start to the season.

The former Potters Bar bowler wasn't far off from bettering his 4-40 haul in the opening game of the season against Henley, as WGC dominated their opponents.

Falkland won the toss and decided to bat. They were soon in trouble as Baker claimed the first wicket in his second over.

The Newbury club were eventually dismissed for 204 with all the seam bowlers cashing in.

Hewitt (1-13), Tate (2-49), Aaron Laraman (1-14) and Simon White (2-41) ably assisted new boy Baker's four-wicket haul.

Top scorer for Falkland was Pakistan right-handed batsman Khalid Zafar, who hit a creditable 60, but it was always going to be difficult to contain the WGC big hitters.

Having bowled Falkland out in 60 overs, WGC had the same number of overs to chase down the modest total.

After losing Dan Blacktopp early on, Tate and Hewitt put on 126 for the second wicket in 28 overs.

Tate was dismissed for 62 to Zafar's spin bowling.

This wasn't the first time Queenslander Tate and Oxfordshire player-coach Hewitt have dominated the batting, with Hewitt making a massive 120 and Tate 62 in WGC's opening HCPL Division One match against Henley.

There was to be no reprieve for Falkland's bowlers with former Middlesex and Somerset all-rounder Laraman next to the crease.

He smashed 38 from only 37 balls and even the dismissal of Hewitt for 66 gave Nick Lamb a good bit of net practice as he and Laraman steered the WGC side home with nearly 20 overs to spare.

Aussie all-rounder Tate scooped the First City Care man of the match for a professional performance, adding a knock of 62 to his two wickets with the ball.

Next week sees the arrival of champions and unbeaten Division One league leaders Oxford, which is bound to be a good test for a confident WGC side.


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