Garrett fails to save day for leaders

Great & Little Tew batsman Jordan Garrett hit an unbeaten 78 runs at Aston Rowant
Great & Little Tew batsman Jordan Garrett hit an unbeaten 78 runs at Aston Rowant

Great & Little Tew captain Andy Harris will be looking for his side to complete the double over Cove in Saturday’s Home Counties Premier Cricket League fixture.

The division two leaders saw their advantage trimmed to 16 points following Saturday’s 90 run defeat at lowly Aston Rowant, who boosted their survival hopes.

Harris had warned that Aston Rowant were not the worst side his team had played this year and that played out as a five-wicket spell from spinner from Adam Muttitt proved pivotal.

Harris won the toss and put the hosts in to bat but Aston Rowant were given a good start by Chris Watling, who hit 39 runs off 48 balls, as he and Andrew Tolson put on an opening stand of 70 runs. Dan Matthews then produced an excellent innings, hitting 78 runs from 100 deliveries which included ten fours.

The Tew bowlers began to tie the hosts down but, at 147-4, Matthews shared a fifth-wicket partnership of 85 with Wes Morrick, who hit an unbeaten 72 runs off 75 balls which included nine fours as Rowant finished on 260-5. The wickets for Harris 2-57 and one apiece for Robbie Shurmer, Joe Thomas and Joe White came at great expense.

In reply, the in-form Jordan Garrett gave the visitors an encouraging start before Morrick and Gordon Harris checked their progress, reducing them to 37-3. Garrett and Robbie Catling put on 59 runs for the fourth wicket to put Tew back in the game.

But Catling became the first of five quick wickets for left-arm spinner Muttitt, who took out the visitors’ middle order with six batsmen falling for a meagre 25 runs.

Garrett remained at the crease to produce a measured 78no, which included nine fours but he ran out of partners. Morrick 3-48 returned to polish off the tail as the visitors finished on 170 runs in the 48th over while Muttitt finished with a superb haul of 5-30 from his 11 overs.