With one game remaining, Great & Little Tew are assured of playing their cricket in the top division of the Home Counties Premier Cricket League next year.
Despite an unbeaten century from Dain Moreton, the visitors lost by seven wickets in Saturday’s ran-affected division one fixture at Tring Park. But Andy Harris’s side are well clear of second from bottom Reading whose game at Banbury was abandoned.
It’s mission accomplished and now we can go into the final game without having to worry about pointsCaptain Andy Harris
Tew started well at Tring Park and reached 63 before they lost Henry Woodward 29 but Harry Smith 60 and Moreton took them on to 139-2. Moreton and Joe White took the score along to 171-3 and Tew made steady progress to finish on 242-6.
Moreton finished on 115, which included 13 fours as Tew set the hosts a tough task.
Tring Park got an early setback in their reply when Benjamin Abbott went with just 19 overs on the board.
Saif Zaib 52 and Charlie MacDonell steadied the ship and took the hosts on to 86-2. But it was the partnership between MacDonell 73 and Michael Payne which turned the game Tring Park’s way as they move the score on to 158-3.
Following a heavy storm, play was delayed but the hosts needed just seven runs off six overs from a revised target on the resumption. Payne 26 and Robin Pritchard 12 saw the hosts past the revised target in the 32nd over.
Harris said: “It’s mission accomplished and now we can go into the final game against Burnham to enjoy our cricket and not worry about points.
“We heard about Reading’s game being abandoned after our innings and we knew we had got enough batting points to stay up.
“Once again we batted well but did not do so well in the field and that’s been the story of our season. We don’t seem to be able to produce both on the same day and that’s something we need to work on for next year.
“Tring Park have got some very good batsmen and it was always going to be difficult when a side comes at you like they did.”