[lead]SAM Powell of Hatherley & Reddings smashed a career-best unbeaten 222 … which was only one run short of being the best innings throughout England and Wales last weekend![/lead]
The 28-year-old teacher followed up 110 the previous week against Cam 2nds by hammering 28 fours and 12 sixes in the knock of a lifetime for his club’s 3rds against Bourton Vale 2nds in Division Seven of the Gloucestershire County League.
The next highest scorer was skipper Robin Smith on 24 as Hatherley & Reddings piled up 316-8 from their 45 overs.
And there were a few tense moments before the home side closed out a 28-run win as Bourton Vale made a brave attempt at their mammoth target, Adam Tarrant leading the charge with 99 before he was run out.
Sam helped stem the visitors’ flow of runs by sending down five late overs of seam for 25 runs despite “nothing being left in the tank”.
Reflecting on the highest innings of his career, he said: “I went out to bat in something like the 12th over and managed to go all the way through.
“Technically, I thought my hundred against Cam looked nicer, I played more shots along the floor, but the boundaries at our South Park ground are relatively small and I managed to take advantage.”
Sam filled the No 2 slot in this week’s National Batting Honours Board while there was a second Gloucestershire representative in Nikit ‘Ravi’ Patel, of Bristol Gujarati, who filled the No 6 slot with an unbeaten 208 off 131 balls.
The 35-year-old opener walloped 16 fours and 16 sixes in his club’s first-ever fixture in Division Three of the North Somerset League, paving the way for a 180-run victory.