Promotion assured now Harris can lead his side to title

Great & Little Tew captain Andy Harris
Great & Little Tew captain Andy Harris

Great & Little Tew captain Andy Harris paid tribute to his players after they clinched promotion to the top division of the Home Counties Premier Cricket League.

And now he wants the Ledwell Road club to sign off with the title in their final division two fixture at Shipton-under-Wychwood on Saturday.

Now we can look forward to testing ourselves against the likes of Henley, High Wycombe and Banbury at the top level

Captain Andy Harris

Tew sealed promotion without a ball being bowled after Dinton forfeited Saturday’s fixture at Ledwell Road, the relegated Buckinghamshire outfit were unable to raise a side for the penultimate fixture.

That meant Tew picked up 20 points and, with their two main rivals Gerrards Cross and Amersham both losing, gained promotion in only their third season since winning the Cherwell League.

It’s been progression every year since Harris took over the captaincy and promotion has come 12 months after last year’s Davidstow National Village Cup Final at Lord’s.

The long-time leaders now need just three points at Shipton in their final game but Harris knows it won’t be easy. Any slip up could yet see them pipped by Finchampstead for the title.

Harris said: “Shipton could still go down so they have a lot to play for because it’s so tight at the bottom.

“But we want to go there relaxed and play the type of cricket we have been playing all year. The players have worked so hard all year to keep us at the top.

“We’ve got a full squad for the game with Jordan Garrett and Matt Woods available so it will be nice to do it with the majority of players who have been with us throughout the season.

“It was disappointing Dinton couldn’t raise a side, you always want to play to earn the 20 points. But we’ll take it nonetheless although it was hard on the teams chasing us for promotion.

“But now we can look forward to testing ourselves against the likes of Henley, High Wycombe and Banbury at the top level.”