White puts Tew on way to comfortable victory

Gerrards Cross batsman Ali Birkby is caught by Harry Smith during Great & Little Tew's victory at Ledwell Road
Gerrards Cross batsman Ali Birkby is caught by Harry Smith during Great & Little Tew's victory at Ledwell Road

Joe White produced impressive figures as Great & Little Tew beat Gerrards Cross by five wickets to remain top of the Home Counties Premier Cricket League.

The visitors elected to bat in the division two fixture at Ledwell Road but were dismissed for just 134 runs in the 51st over.

Lawrence Brock bowled Sam Westaway and Matt Woods then had Alistair Birkby caught by Harry Smith as the Tew attack soon made inroads. The visitors’ biggest partnership came from Jamie Hoddle 36 and Richard Knudsen 20 who put on 27 runs for the eighth wicket.

But after White bowled Hoddle the off-spinner quickly polished off the tail to end with 3-4 off his 2.4 overs while the consistent Woods returned 3-43 off his 19 overs.

In reply, White was caught by Sam Bracey but fellow opener Jordan Garrett and Martin Coetzee put the hosts back on track with a stand of 52 for the second wicket.

The departure of Coetzee checked Tew’s progress at 61-3 with Curtly Slatter and Harry Smith soon following him back to the pavilion.

When Garrett 40 departed Tew had still only reached 97-5 and the outcome was still in the balance. But Hubbert hit an unbeaten 32 off 27 balls and Harris 13 saw them home in the 19th over.