Welwyn Garden City CC skipper looking to end career on a high in SHCL play-off final showdown
PUBLISHED: 11:11 16 September 2016 | UPDATED: 11:11 16 September 2016
Jamie Hewitt is looking to end his Welwyn Garden City career as he began it back in 2007 - by winning the league title.
The retiring skipper is hanging up his bat after Saturday’s Saracens Herts Cricket Premier League play-off final against defending champions Radlett.
Hewitt played a big part in his side reaching the showdown after topping WGC’s batting chart with a knock of 71 in a re-arranged 23-run play-off semi-final win over Bishop’s Stortford on Sunday.
Heavy rain had washed out any chance of play the previous day but the captain delivered when it mattered although he believes the bowling made the real difference in the end.
Hewitt told Welwyn Hatfield Times: “We started the game late due to the damp conditions and credit to them [Stortford] because they put us under pressure immediately.
“They had a couple of really young bowlers out and they had us 19-2 but we dug in and it was that kind of innings for us.
“Myself and Owais Shah came in and steadied the ship by putting a few runs on the board but then we got ourselves out and the pattern continued.
“We kept losing wickets and couldn’t get going. We felt like we were 30 or 40 runs short at 243 all out but the bowlers really came through for us - in particular Jason Lewis (4-40). He was the difference on the day.
“Eddie [Ballard] was the prize wicket we wanted to get because he’s a big dangerman and he made 69 but we eventually got him and managed to get over the line.
Radlett booked their spot in the final having squeezed past Harpenden by four wickets in the other re-arranged last-four clash.
The Cobden Hill side ruled the roost in the regular season once more, finishing top of the pile but Hewitt feels his team, who will be full-strength for the encounter, can secure championship honours for the first time in nine years.
He continued: “It will be a really tough game.
“We lost to them in our first meeting this season but then we beat them at Digswell so it’s a toss-up for who will win really.
“We’ve got all our big players in the squad so we’re confident so it’ll just come down to who wants it more.”
He added: “It would be massive for the club and as it’s my last season it would be great to go out on a high.
“We should have won the Herts Premier League title at least twice more in my time here so we want to deliver the trophy again.”