Leaders see their advantage trimmed in narrow defeat

Amersham batsman Andrew Viney deals with a delivery as Great & Little Tew wicket keeper Ashley Hubbert looks on
Amersham batsman Andrew Viney deals with a delivery as Great & Little Tew wicket keeper Ashley Hubbert looks on

Great & Little Tew skipper Andy Harris will be looking to bounce back against Buckingham Town in Saturday’s Home Counties Premier Cricket League fixture.

The long-time division two leaders saw their advantage reduced to 25 points following a four run defeat against Amersham and Ledwell Road where they entertain Buckingham on Saturday.

In Saturday’s fixture, Harris won the toss and inserting the visitors, that soon paid off when Woods struck in the first over. But Bruce Friedrichs 33 and Andy Viney 23 put on 50 runs for the second wicket as the visitors gradually got into the game.

Miduka Liyanapathiranage scored 62 runs off 83 balls, which included nine fours, as the visitors reached 185-9 at the close of their 58 overs. The excellent Joe Thomas finished with 6-56 while Harris took 2-37.

In reply. Tew were reduced to 45-4 as Matt Clarke, Martin Coetzee and Curtly Slatter all failed to make double figures. But half-centuries from Jordan Garrett and Ashley Hubbert put them back in the contest.

The pair added 75 runs for the fifth wicket before the in-form Garrett, who hit 59 runs, including nine fours, departed, soon followed by Hubbert, who made 53 runs off 90 balls and hit eight fours.

At 120-4, Tew looked set for victory but off-spinner Liyanapathiranage took 5-65 to put the game back in the balance going into the final few overs.

In a tight finish, the hosts needed six runs from the final four balls with two wickets in hand. But Matt Woods was run out and, after Thomas hit a single, Lawrence Brock was bowled off the first ball he faced.