Century for Owais Shah and record breaking Pat Lynch cap perfect day for Welwyn Garden City
PUBLISHED: 15:30 27 June 2018
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A wonderful century from Owais Shah and a record-breaking knock from Pat Lynch led the way on a perfect day for Welwyn Garden City.
Former England and Middlesex man Shah hit an unbeaten 127 as the Digswell Park-based cricket club’s first team completed a fine seven-wicket derby win at Potters Bar.
It was one of a clean sweep of victories for WGC and pushes them back into the top four of the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League Premier Division.
And Lynch wrote himself into the club’s record books as an unbeaten 196 became the club’s highest individual score in a league game.
That was made in the fourth team’s game away to Reed 3rds, part of WGC’s 352-3 which was helped by 96 from Joe Bilyard.
It was more than enough to eclipse the hosts 175 and bring the victory.
The first team’s success involved a fantastic run chase.
They had been set a highly competitive 290-4 by the home side who chose to bat first after winning the toss.
Steve Gale (102*) and Zawar Hussain (102) both scored centuries as the garden city bowlers toiled in the heat.
Connor Emerton was the only bowler to get two wickets and his final figures of 2-110 showed how tough conditions in the field had been.
But although WGC lost skipper Andy Nolan and Louis Champion early, the reply was Potters Bar’s turn to feel the pressure.
Dan Blacktopp (88) and Shah started by putting together a partnership of 110 and then the latter teamed with James Southgate (32*) to add an unbeaten stand of 132, enough to see WGC home with seven wickets in hand and over six overs remaining.
The seconds remain hot on the heels on Division Three A leaders Redbourn after a five wicket win at home to Bayford & Hertford.
The visitors were kept to an under-par 213-9, Tony Skeggs (2-41) and Nathan Brown (3-38) again doing the damage and skipper Matt Hill (47), Shay Emerton (41), Dylan van Westhuizen (37) and Elliot Greg (41*) brought the win.
Promotion is still on the cards for the thirds as they beat Old Cholmeleians.
WGC made 275-3, Tom Edwards top scoring with 88, and four wickets from James Sumpter ensured the visitors were never in the hunt.