Harris ready for three crucial games

Captain Andy Harris says the next three games will be key to Great & Little Tew’s Home Counties Premier Cricket League title aspirations.

The division two leaders entertain second-placed Shipton-under-Wychwood on Saturday and Harris knows they will present a big challenge to his side. After that, Tew entertain Finchampstead before travelling to Datchet.

The next three games will have a big bearing ion whether we can stay on top

Captain Andy Harris

Despite being unable to take maximum points at Dinton, Great & Little Tew remain top. Having posted an impressive 254-9, the leaders restricted the hosts to 233-7 after they recovered from 58-5 which looked to have set the Ledwell Road club up for victory at that stage.

After being asked to bat, openers Joe White and Jordan Garrett took the visitors on to 129 for the first wicket.

White hit 80 runs off 94 balls, with eight fours and a six, while Garrett hit 61 runs off 76 balls, which included 11 fours. But when those two departed, Tew lost wickets at regular intervals before Robbie Shurmer 43 and Ashley Hubbert 31 put on 63 runs for the seventh wicket, helping the visitors close on 254-9.

In reply, Lawrence Brock bowled Henry Woodward for a duck as the visitors got off to a great start.

Dinton rallied before three quick wickets fell with the score on 49 as Brock and Joe Thomas took care of the middle order. When Thomas claimed his third wicket with Dinton struggling on 58, Harris sensed victory but an 87 run partnership between Nheem Amin and Kelvin Burrows 50 for sixth wicket rescued Dinton.

Amin 86no and Tim Brooker 38 then put on 76 runs for the seventh wicket and Dinton batted out the remaining overs as the visitors toiled without further reward in the field.

Looking back on Saturday’s draw, Harris said: “There wasn’t a lot in the pitch for the bowlers, the spinners got a bit out of it, but it was very difficult to get wickets.

“We started well with the new ball but once Dinton had lost five wickets they shut up shop.

“We’ve picked up 14 points at a difficult venue and we’re still top of the table but the next three games will have a big bearing on whether we can stay on top.

“Shipton have signed a couple of decent players from Oxford – Stuart Hole and Jamie Perkin – and have a good overseas player in Anupam Sanklecha.”