Whirlwind White hits a century

Great & Little Tew batsman Matt Clark gets set to play his shot as Datchet wicket keeper Adam Jones looks on
Great & Little Tew batsman Matt Clark gets set to play his shot as Datchet wicket keeper Adam Jones looks on

Joe White completed an unbeaten century as Great & Little Tew made it back-to-wins in the Home Counties Premier Cricket League.

Tew just edged out Datchet by five runs in Saturday’s exciting division two fixture at Ledwell Road where White and Matt Clark broke the club’s opening partnership record for the second week running.

The visitors inserted the hosts but that backfired somewhat as White and fellow opener Clark put on 160 runs before they lost a wicket. The pair had set a new club record in the league in the opening game at Finchampstead and beat that on Saturday.

Clark hit 61 runs off 105 balls before he was bowled by Harry Stephens who then trapped Harry Smith lbw but Martin Coetzee 27 put on 45 runs with White before he was caught by Jones off Naylor.

Curtly Slatter was run out but White remained to hit 130 runs off 148 balls which included 14 fours and a six as the hosts finished on 266-4.

In reply, skipper Andy Harris made the early breakthrough when he dismissed Thomas Lambert but Stephens 52 took the visitors on to 83-2 before a 72 run partnership between Tim Alldis and Gareth Harte raised Datchet’s hopes. Both were out in quick succession before Naylor’s rapid 40 off just 22 balls put the visitors back in contention.

Joe Thomas accounted for Naylor before a gutsy 38 runs off 30 balls from Adam Jones almost won it for Datchet. But he ran out of partners with Sam Finn and Oliver Smithson both run out as Datchet chased the runs, with the visitors finishing just short in the final over.