Southgate smashes super century for Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 16:18 09 July 2013 | UPDATED: 16:19 09 July 2013

Jamie Southgate

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JAMIE Southgate cracked an unbeaten century as Welwyan Garden City drew with Tring Park in Home Counties Premier Cricket League Division One on Saturday.

On a hot day and with a flat pitch, WGC skipper Jamie Hewitt won the toss and inserted Tring Park expecting the pitch to get flatter and the sun to get hotter when it was time for WGC to bat.

Both those things happened but in the end a difference of 12 overs between the side batting first and second proved too much.

Tring Park never looked in trouble and with WGC trying six bowlers in an effort to find a way through the only hope was a declaration.

However on such a wicket with a fast outfield Tring were never going to risk giving the home side a sniff and batted their full 66 overs reaching an excellent 315-4.

The wickets were taken by Gavin Baker (2-76 from 18) Liam Mitchell (1-99 from 12) Southgate (1-65) and Paul Barker (1- 51 from 14).

The WGC reply immediately hit the rocks as skipper Hewitt played on first ball and WGC finished on 233-6.

Aaron Laraman scored a fine 46 and Barker and Simon Greenall got 22 and 23 respectively, but the highlight of the innings was a superb unbeaten 114 by Jamie Southgate.

He is coming into form for WGC with both bat and ball at just the right time and will be looking for a strong second half of the season.

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