Great & Little Tew’s poor Home Counties Premier Cricket League run continued as they lost by eight wickets against basement boys Tring Park.
Having elected to bat in Saturday’s division one fixture at Ledwell Road, captain Harry Smith saw his side lose wickets at regular intervals throughout their innings. Smith 18 and fellow opener Joe White 16 failed to get the innings off to a solid start and the incoming batsmen followed suit.
No two batsman could form a worthwhile partnership as Tew slumped to 78-5 before Curtly Slatter and Jancan Adams took Tew from 28 runs for the sixth wicket. But when Slatter, who hit 23 runs off as many balls including four fours, departed, wickets continued to fall as the hosts were dismissed for 128 runs in the 48th over.
Adams hit 29 runs off 68 balls including three fours but he and Slatter were the only two batsmen to seriously trouble the scorers. Michael Payne, who took 4-25, and Simon Stanway, who took 3-33, were the chief wicket takers.
Tew made the early breakthrough in Tring Park’s reply, getting the wicket of Andrew Dixon with just two runs on the board. But fellow opener Alexander Woodland and Charlie Macdonell showed the Tew batsmen how it should be done, putting on 125 runs for the second wicket.
Macdonell was finally caught by Smith off Robbie Shurmer for 83 runs off 75 balls, which included 14 fours. But Woodland remained at the crease to see the visitors to victory in the 30th over, as he finished unbeaten on 41 runs of 93 balls, which included six fours.