Levy's knock in vain as Welwyn Garden City's title hopes hit for six

PUBLISHED: 17:13 31 July 2012

Shaun Levy

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SHAUN Levy's knock of 119 not out proved to be in vain as his WGC side fell to a six-wicket defeat at Henley on Saturday.

The loss dented WGC’s chances of staying in the running for the HCPL title.

With captain Aaron Laraman winning the toss and electing to bat, opening batsman Martin James and Jamie Hewitt negated the early pace and movement from left arm seamer Dieter Klein.

However, with them looking set, and the score on 36, Hewitt fell to Klein, before James was bowled by Afridi. At this stage WGC were 40-2.

Having scored a hundred against Henley in the home fixture, Levy came to the crease, and took an immediate liking to the bowling attack, as he and Jamie Southgate steadied the WGC innings, taking them to lunch three down.

Southgate fell for 21 with the score on 83 shortly after the interval.

Levy continued to power on, and brought up his 50 in the process.

Wickets continued to fall at the other end, as five wickets fell for 74.

Levy was still unbeaten on 65 as Liam Mitchell came to the crease with the score on 157-8.

With WGC struggling to post a competitive total, Mitchell and Levy knuckled down, Mitchell providing resistance as Levy took the attack to Henley.

Levy finished 119 not out, supported by Mitchell who made 18. WGC finishing on 231 from their 66 overs.

In response, Henley got off to a flyer, taking the score to 68 before the first wicket fell as Barker removed Barnes, who was caught by Hewitt.

Henley continued to pile on the pressure, moving to 127 before Barker struck again, bowling Roberts for 71.

Things never improved for WGC as Afridi and Davidson moved the score forward, aware of the required run rate, and milking the runs on offer.

Davidson was however Barker’s third victim, lbw for 41, but with only 20 runs needed, it was down to Allway and skipper Mordt to secure the win.

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