Centurions set up success to send Potters Bar top

Steve Gale in batting action for Potters Bar

Steve Gale in batting action for Potters Bar - Credit: Karyn Haddon

Reece Hussain and Steve Gale hit centuries in a record-breaking stand as Potters Bar beat Radlett to move top of the Saracens Herts Premier League.

Captain Luke Chapman chose to bat but saw James Scott fall to the third ball of the match and Josh Matthews follow in the fourth over to leave them 22-2.

Hussain and Gale batted positively against some fine new-ball bowling and brought their 50-run partnership up in 63 balls.

The pair took advantage of anything off line to bring up Bar's hundred in the 26th over, with Hussain first to his fifty from 77 balls as the 100-run stand came up just before lunch at 122-2.

Hussain hit three boundaries in succession in the second over after the restart and Gale got to his fifty from 97 balls as Bar passed 150.

The 150-run stand came up with just under 13 overs to go and Hussain reached his maiden league hundred off 133 balls, with two boundaries in a Noah Cornwell over.

The club's record third-wicket stand of 203, set just six weeks earlier, was passed soon after, with Gale reaching three figures for the ninth time, off 153 balls, with his 14th boundary.

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Gale fell next ball for a fine 102 to leave Bar 249-3 with 5.2 overs left, but Charlie Scott (22 not out) helped add an unbroken 49 as Bar closed on 298-3, with Hussain unbeaten on 140 from 168 balls, with a six and 20 fours.

The visitors were without their regular openers but made a steady start as Will Wright played some fine off drives to leave them 47-0 after 13 overs.

Captain Chapman struck with his first ball, tralling Aum Patel lbw, but Dave Burnell helped Radlett reach tea at 64-1.

Wright (44) chipped to cover five balls after the restart, but Burnell hit three boundaries in one over only to then pick out deep backward square and fall for 23.

Nathan Smith joined Kabir Toor and made the ground look small as he struck two big sixes as they put on 49 in 40 balls.

A double change put Bar back on top, though, as Jigar Mehta bowled Smith with a wonderful delivery for a 21-ball 30 and Teddy Duke hit the top of off stump 10 balls later to send Toor (23) packing and make it 140-5.

Harvey Booth (14) snicked behind and captain Tom Jenkins was trapped lbw without scoring as Mehta claimed 3-14 in five overs.

Randeep Sanghera skied one to mid-on, where Gale took the catch to seal a fine 96-run win and leave Bar in pole position at the midway stage.

They entertain Harpenden this weekend.