No need for leaders to panic – just yet

Jordan Garrett led the way for Great & Little Tew during Saturday's defeat at Gerrards Cross
Jordan Garrett led the way for Great & Little Tew during Saturday's defeat at Gerrards Cross

Great & Little Tew captain Andy Harris will be telling his players not to push the panic button as they go into their final two games of the Home Counties Premier Cricket League campaign.

Despite losing by six wickets at fellow promotion challengers Gerrards Cross, who closed the gap to 14 points on the leaders, the Ledwell Road club are still in control of the division two title race ahead of Saturday’s home fixture with strugglers Cove.

Harris will be hoping his side can get the job done at Ledwell Road before the final day trip to neighbours Shipton-under-Wychwood.

The visitors had the opportunity to seal promotion had they won Saturday’s fixture but, after being into bat, they were were dismissed for 150 runs.

After being reduced to 34-2, the in-form Jordan Garrett led the way with 34 runs and Martin Coetzee produced a quick 28 off 30 deliveries to steady the ship. But Tew lost four quick wickets with just 24 runs going on the board and were in real trouble at 79-6.

Robbie Shurmer and Harris put on 38 runs for the seventh wicket. But when Shurmer departed, Tew were shot out for 150 runs as Daniel Hampton picked up 3-35.

The visitors knew they needed a good bowling and fielding dispaly to get anything out of the game and they soon had Jamie Hoddle heading back to the pavilion. But it was only a brief glimmer of hope as Gerrards Cross soon took control of the game.

Hampton and Sam Westaway put on 63 runs for the second wicket. Ashley Hubbert stumped Hampton and Joe Thomas picked up two quick wickets, those of James Crosthwaite and Matthew Watson, but Westaway and Alexander Woodland still had enough time and wickets in hand to see Gerrards Cross home.