Potters Bar and Welwyn Garden City serve up tons of fun but Owais Shah helps City to the win
PUBLISHED: 15:30 27 June 2018
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A first home defeat of the season brought gloom to Potters Bar on a red-hot day of runs at The Walk.
Three players hit centuries but it was the one from Owais Shah, Welwyn Garden City’s former England and Middlesex man, that was decisive.
His unbeaten 127 took the visitors to a seven-wicket win, clinched with more than six overs to go.
The teams had been greeted by a flat, hard pitch with a lightning-fast outfield meaning it was likely to be a shoot-out between the batsmen.
And that’s how it proved.
Before Shah let rip the home support had earlier enjoyed watching two Bar batsmen get to triple figures.
A double breakthrough in the sixth over from Connor Emerton had accounted for James Scott and Kamran Younas and left Bar on 11-2.
However, that brought Patrick Scott and Steve Gale together and after the former survived a big shout for a catch behind, the pair hunkered down and got the scoreboard moving with some nice batting.
They put on 92 for the third wicket before Scott was removed for 56.
If that partnership had been vital, the next turned out to be a joy.
Gale, who was on 37 when Scott departed, was joined by Zawar Hussain and after a sedate start the pair cut loose.
Hussain struck six boundaries in 20 balls as the pedal hit the metal and Gale completed his third consecutive 50.
And they relentlessly carried on, smashing over 100 in the final 10 overs.
It brought a club-record stand of 172 for the fourth wicket, eclipsing the 2015 effort between Liam Gough and Don Manuwelge.
Hussain completed his maiden ton before eventually being bowled for 102 by Shah, a knock that included 12 fours and six sixes and came in just 96 balls.
Gale also got to 102, his sixth century for Bar, with his runs now lifting to him to fourth in the all-time club scoring charts and above Tanweer Sikandar’s 2,389.
They finished on an imposing 290-4, but Shah’s incredible innings, backed up by 88 from Dan Blacktopp, meant all efforts with the bat were in vain.
It could be another shootout on Saturday as Bar travel to free-scoring, and second-placed, Totteridge Millhillians on a small ground.