Harris looking for Tew to get back on track

Aston Rowant batsman Tim Morgan plays his shot as Great & Little Tew wicket keeper Ashley Hubbert gets ready
Aston Rowant batsman Tim Morgan plays his shot as Great & Little Tew wicket keeper Ashley Hubbert gets ready

Great & Little Tew captain Andy Harris will be looking for his side to get back on track at basement boys Cove in Saturday’s Home Counties Premier Cricket League fixture.

Harris saw his side slip to their second defeat of the division two campaign on Saturday at Ledwell Road where Aston Rowant belied their lowly position to win by 71 runs.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat. The departure of opener Richard Cook, caught behind by Ashley Hubert off Lawrence Brock, and Andrew Tolson, trapped lbw by Lloyd Brock without scoring, saw Aston Rowant reduced to 37-2.

Tim Morgan, who hit 85 runs off 149 balls, and Joshua Smith put on 134 runs for the third wicket. Morgan’s departure, run out by Joe White, was quickly followed by that of Wesley Morrick.

But Chris Watling 15 and Smith, who made a quick-fire 77 before he was caught by White off Lloyd Brock, took the score on to 244-6 with Daniel Matthews adding 21 crucial runs before they finally finished on 255-8.

Lawrence Brock finished with 2-37 while Lloyd Brock picked up 2-66 but the Tew bowlers were unable to pin down the visitors and runs came all too easily.

In reply, Tew made a poor start and never fully recovered.

Openers White and Matt Clarke both departed with only 35 runs on the board before Martin Coetzee 32 steadied the ship. But when Harry Smith failed to make his mark, Tew were in trouble as they slumped to 67-5.

They rallied to take the score on to 92-6 with Jordan Garrett hitting a patient 19 runs but wickets continued to tumble.

A late flurry from Harris 20 and Joe Thomas, who hit 39 runs off 35 balls, took Tew closer to the 200-mark but they were finally dismissed for 184 runs in the 43rd over as Dominic Whatman finished with 4-44 and Tom Needham took 3-38.