Hewitt smashes century as Welwyn Garden City draw

PUBLISHED: 14:01 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:27 26 October 2009

James Hewitt hit a ton for WGC on Saturday

James Hewitt hit a ton for WGC on Saturday

Home Counties Premier League Division One WGC 329-4 Slough 240-4 JAMES Hewitt smashed a century against Slough on Saturday as WGC drew for the eighth time this season. The Digswell Park Club are rapidly becoming draw specialists in Division One of the H

Home Counties Premier League Division One

WGC 329-4 Slough 240-4

JAMES Hewitt smashed a century against Slough on Saturday as WGC drew for the eighth time this season.

The Digswell Park Club are rapidly becoming draw specialists in Division One of the HCPL as they failed to beat one of the sides they really must defeat if the league championship is to become a reality.

Jamie Southgate also shone with the bat, as he made a knock of 82, and Gavin Baker catching the eye with 52.

Put into bat by Slough on a very flat wicket WGC rattled up a big total - far too big to tempt the home side into a run chase and the game petered out into a bore draw.

For once openers Dan Blacktopp and James Hewitt did not race away in the early overs and Blacktopp was caught behind in the 10th over with only 26 on the board.

Then came two big stands which laid the foundations of WGC's large total.

Gavin Baker, who completing a half century after being promoted up the order to number three, added over 100 runs with Hewitt for the second wicket.

He was out immediately after the lunch break but then Hewitt and Jamie Southgate put on 150 runs in 24 overs - a run a ball striking rate.

But then Southgate was caught after scoring 82 runs in a 90 minute stay at the wicket.

Hewitt, after scoring another league century - this time 107 - was out almost immediately after and then Aussie Derek Tate and Aaron Laraman punished the tiring Slough fielders to add 41 runs in the last six overs.

To chase 330 for a win was probably not what Slough skipper Bobby Scher had in mind when he put WGC into bat but he could not be blamed entirely for the draw.

WGC might have declared earlier but lacking the bowling expertise and experience of Ben Frazer and Simon White this day, they opted for caution.

The bowlers used never really looked like breaking through.

Aaron Laraman bowled 10 overs for only 12 runs.

But Baker and Southgate after their batting heroics were expensive and wicketless conceding 133 runs between them in their 24 overs.

Only Derek Tate bowling slow spin got a decent reward with 3-66 from 17 overs realising that his usual brisk medium pace had no more use on the track.

The game ended with the home side 90 runs away from a win and WGC about as far away with only four wickets taken.

WGC still have a chance in Division One of the HCPL to be champions. They must beat two of the sides above them; Banbury and High Wycombe and also take a good haul of points from the struggling Reading side at Digswell Park on Saturday.

WGC's cup semi final against North Mymms at Home Farm has been rescheduled for Sunday, August 31, at 12.30pm.

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