Harris hopes Tew can take confidence from their maiden victory

Reading opener Tom Fray plays his shot as Great & Little Tew wicket keeper Ashley Hubbert and slip Harry Smith get set
Reading opener Tom Fray plays his shot as Great & Little Tew wicket keeper Ashley Hubbert and slip Harry Smith get set

Captain Andy Harris will be looking for his newly-promoted Great & Little Tew side to build on their opening Home Counties Premier Cricket League victory when they visit Slough on Saturday.

Tew beat Reading by four wickets in Saturday’s division one fixture at Ledwell Road where Joe Thomas starred with the ball and Joe White with the bat.

Losing Matt Woods was a blow, he will be a big miss this weekend

Captain Andy Harris

But the victory came at a cost with Matt Woods breaking down after four overs with a thigh strain which rules him out of Saturday’s trip to Slough.

Jordan Garrett is also out after the opener received a blow to the head playing for Gloucester II at Glamorgan II in midweek. But Australian overseas player Dain Moreton should return as long as he has got over his back strain.

Harris was delighted to get that first win on the board and said: “It was important to get that victory under our belts early on, if we want to stay up then we have to perform well against sides like Reading.

“But losing Matt Woods was a blow, he’s usually reliable for ten tight overs and a couple of wickets, so he will be a big miss for us this weekend.

“We kept Reading pegged down throughout their innings, in this division teams bat right down the order, not just the top three or four batsmen.

“When you are chasing a total of less than 200 it’s important to start in a positive manner or else you can easily slip behind the run rate. We had some key partnerships at the top of the order and we were always in control.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s game, Harris added: “On their day Slough are capable of getting 300-plus, last year in the Twenty20 we lost by eight wickets there so we know it’s a difficult place to go.

“If we turn up and Slough don’t then we can win the game but you never know what sort of side you are going to face there.”