Clark steers Tew to championship

Matt Clark hit an unbeaten century as Great & Little Tew CC beat Shipton-under-Wychwood to clinch the title
Matt Clark hit an unbeaten century as Great & Little Tew CC beat Shipton-under-Wychwood to clinch the title

Great & Little Tew crowned an outstanding season when they duly clinched the Home Counties Premier Cricket League title on Saturday.

Captain Andy Harris guided his side to a six wicket success at Shipton-under-Wychwood in Saturday’s final division two fixture.

Shipton avoided relegation after Cove lost to Amersham but the day belonged to the Ledwell Road club who can now look forward to life in the top division next year.

Harris won the toss on Saturday and elected to field. That soon provided the visitors with the early breakthrough when Liam Manley bowled Calvin Dickinson.

Shipton recovered and a second wicket stand of 96 between Andrew Hemming and captain Simon Hole took them past the three figure mark to 107-1.

But the game swung Tew’s way when Hemming 48 was caught by Ashley Hubbert off Robbie Shurmer, who then trapped Jamie Perkin two balls later.

Hole 46 soon followed as Shipton lost four wickets for only seven runs with Joe Thomas getting a good return.

The visitors kept the pressure on the lower order, Manley took care of Charles Brain and and Jeremy Kirby before Matt Woods caught and bowled Matthew Brown as Shipton were dismissed for 159.

Thomas finished with 3-22 while former Banbury bowler Manley picked up 3-38.

In reply, Tew lost Jordan Garrett early on but fellow opener Joe White 33 and Matt Clark put on 47 runs for the second wicket to calm any nerves.

Shaun Miller bowled White but there was to be no stutter as Harry Smith 15 and Curtly Slatter 17 kept up their end while Clark led the run chase as the visitors moved on to 128-4.

It was left to Clark, who produced five boundaries in his unbeaten 58 runs off 87 balls, and Hubbert to see Tew to victory in the 33rd over and the championship.