Great & Little Tew entertain Amersham this weekend with captain Andy Harris looking for his side to consolidate top spot in the Home Counties Premier Cricket League.
Despite having to settle for a draw at Datchet in Saturday’s division two fixture, the long-time leaders are still well clear of second-placed Gerrards Cross.
Datchet inserted the visitors and made the early breakthrough when Joe White was bowled by Gareth Harte. Fellow opener Jordan Garrett 34 and Matt Clark steadied the ship and pushed the score on to 53-2.
Clark 35 and Martin Coetzee, who hit 40 runs off 41 balls, put on 54 runs for the third wicket but wickets continued to fall at regular intervals as Sam Finn, Harte and Harry Stephens found the track to their liking.
Harris 28 helped take the score along towards the 200-mark but Tew only reached 185 when the final wicket fell. Finn finished with 4-28 while Harte picked up 3-53 to give the hosts every chance of getting the required runs in their reply.
Tew needed another good day in the field and they produced one. Robbie Shurmer made the early breakthrough when he had Stephens caught by Matt Woods and that signalled a run of wickets which saw fellow opener Vishal Aeri 26 depart as the hosts were reduced to 51-5.
Shurmer continued to enjoy success with the ball and, at 102-8, the visitors looked set for another victory.
But a gutsy response from the lower order, in particular Adam Jones 21 and Tom Jones 47no, helped take Datchet on to 126-9 at the close with the visitors unable to find that elusive final wicket, despite the efforts of Shurmer who finished with 4-34 and Woods who claimed 3-56.
Tew still hold a 46-point lead over Gerrards Cross who entertain basement boys Dinton on Saturday so Tew will need the bulk of the points against Amersham.