Herts Cricket League: Comfortable win for Welwyn Garden City over Potters Bar alters play-off picture
PUBLISHED: 11:59 28 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:02 28 August 2018
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There was to be no repeat of the previous week’s last-ball drama – but for Welwyn Garden City the victory over Potters Bar was just as sweet.
The two teams went into the game at Digswell Park lying third and fourth in the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League Premier Division.
But the 85-run home success means Welwyn have now leapt ahead of Bar with one game to go.
Both sides have already secured their place in the end-of-season play-offs so this was all about the final position and subsequent semi-final draw.
City won the toss and opted to bat first this week, a decision which seemed to be the right one with Alex Chalker and Louis Champion (31) putting on their highest opening partnership of the season.
It ended on 75 when Chalker fell to a good catch on the boundary by Patrick Scott off the bowling of Luke Chapman for 41.
And the wicket breathed new life into the Bar attack with another two falling for the addition of just 11 runs.
WGC needed a stand of 85 between Owais Shah and James Southgate to repair some of the damage inflicted by Bar.
Southgate went for 42, quickly followed by Shah for 51, but 42 from James Hewitt (32) and Andy Nolan (18) got the hosts to 251-7.
Chapman finished with two scalps, with Jigar Mehta, Kamran Younas and James Scott also among the wickets.
Bar got off to a solid enough start but never really hit their stride fully.
That was in part down to the home bowling, who opted for spin.
Chalker got James Scott to run past one for just eight and 11 balls later Harrison Palmer chipped a dolly straight back to the opening bat for his second.
That reduced them to 33-2 and when Younas and Pat Scott departed the writing was on the wall.
Steve Gale passed 700 league runs on his way to 47 but his wicket, trapped lbw by Southgate, finished off any chance Bar had and they were all out for 166.
Southgate finished on 4-39 with Matthew Grant taking 2-23 and Chalker 2-19.
City know a win over West Herts on Saturday will confirm third place.
For Potters Bar an away semi-final is also certain and should they lose at home to Totteridge Millhillians on Saturday, the north London side will be their last four destination.