Harris can see finish line as Tew go clear

Great & Little Tew wicket keeper Ashley Hubbert takes the ball against Cove at Ledwell Road
Great & Little Tew wicket keeper Ashley Hubbert takes the ball against Cove at Ledwell Road

Great & Little Tew skipper Andy Harris knows his side are just three games away from being crowned Home Counties Premier Cricket League champions.

The long-time division two leaders completed the double over Cove with a seven wicket success in Saturday’s fixture at Ledwell Road and this weekend face a trip to Gerrards Cross with an 18-point lead over nearest challengers Amersham.

Harris inserted the visitors and Liam Manley soon picked up a wicket on his return to first team action Ledwell Road following a spell at Banbury.

Manley and Matthew Woods combined to reduce Cove to 44-3 and that soon became 50-5 when Harris caught and bowled James Marsh before dismissing Luke Peterson for a duck.

A sixth-wicket stand of 40 between opener Jordan Finney and Jake Roylance steadied the ship. But when Finney was caught by Robbie Catling off Joe Thomas the tail-enders showed little resistance after Harris and Joe White accounted for Andrew Short, Reagan McLean and Roylance 37 to dismiss the visitors for 123 runs.

Harris finished with 4-25 while the economical Manley 2-24 and White 2-11 picked up a couple of wickets apiece.

In reply, Tew were soon in trouble at 16-2 with White and Jordan Garrett soon heading back to the pavilion. The recalled Harry Smith soon followed but Martin Coetzee turned things around.

Coetzee and Catling took Tew from 50-3 to 124-3 as they got home in the 30th over to pick up maximum points. Coetzee’s 70 off 60 balls included eight fours and four sixes while Catling finished unbeaten on 21 which included a couple of boundaries.