Harris looking for his players to be more street-wise

Great & Little Tew cricket captain Andy Harris at Ledwell Road
Great & Little Tew cricket captain Andy Harris at Ledwell Road

Great & Little Tew captain Andy Harris knows his players must learn how to grind out results if they are to maintain their progress in the Home Counties Premier Cricket League.

Last year was a memorable one for the Ledwell Road club with a Lord’s appearance in the Davidstow National Village Cup final and Harris says that run helped to build confidence in his young side.

We’ve got to be a bit smarter how we play our cricket.

Captain Andy Harris

Now Harris is looking for his side to establish themselves in the Home Counties Premier League in their third year since joining when they get under way at Finchampstead.

Tew had to produce a late run to climb away from the lower reaches of division two last year and Harris will be looking for his players to show more guile this time.

Harris said: “We’ve got to be a bit smarter how we play our cricket, we didn’t draw many games last season, we either won or lost.

“In those games in which we are struggling we’ve got to be able to grind out a result and get a draw at worse, that should be the difference between a mid-table finish and a top four finish.

“We’re heading in the right direction and if we keep on improving each season we could make a push for promotion next year.

“We’ve got a similar squad to last season plus Martin Coetzee from South Africa and Matt Warner from Kingston Bagpuize.

“Jordan Garrett had a winter away with England under-17s and we’re expecting a lot from him this time. It didn’t quite happen for him in 2014 but now he’s got another year’s experience under his belt.

“Robbie Shurmer bowled very well towards the end of last year and Matt Woods is handy with the new ball. Matt Clarke has started very well with the bat at the top of the order this time and we can always rely on Joe White, Harry Smith and Curtly Slatter to get 400-plus runs between them each year.”