CRICKET: Woods shines for terrific Tew

Witney Gazette: Great & Little Tew’s Joe White turns quickly looking for a second run in their 55-run home win against Horspath on Saturday Great & Little Tew’s Joe White turns quickly looking for a second run in their 55-run home win against Horspath on Saturday

Great & Little Tew’s bowlers, led by Matt Woods, ripped through Horspath’s batting to secure a 55-run home win in Serious Cricket Home Counties Premier League Division 2 on Saturday.

With the match reduced to 45 overs a side after the start was delayed to give the ground time to dry out, Tew were put in to bat after losing the toss.

Not surprisingly, the hosts found runs hard to come by with Horspath skipper Will Eason conceding 11 runs from his nine overs while picking up the wicket of Jordan Garrett.

But Joe White and Harry Smith put together what proved to be a match-winning partnership of 76 for the second wicket.

Their cause was helped by an 11-ball over littered with wides from Mark Skelton.

Fourteen-year-old left arm spinner Lloyd Belcher ended their stand, having White caught by Robbie Eason at long off for 38 to make it 95-2.

Shahbaz Ali returned for a fiery second spell, bowling in tandem with the youngster and they proceeded to work their way through the Tew order.

Ali bowled Curtly Slatter and then had Smith caught behind by Andy Wynd for an excellent 52 off 68 balls, with three fours and two sixes.

But the lower order offered little resistance as Ali finished with 5-46 and Belcher, showing maturity beyond his years, picked up 4-21 off nine overs as Tew were bowled out for 171.

However, Horspath’s hopes of victory were soon in tatters, thanks to an inspired opening burst by Woods, who took 3-16 from his nine overs.

He pulled off brilliant one-handed caught and bowled dimissals to remove both openers Robbie Eason and Skelton and lay the platform for his side’s success.

With Lloyd Brock (2-17) and Robbie Shurmer (3-25) also also getting in on the act, Horspath faced a mountain to climb after collapsing to 43-7.

Will Eason and Kit Cutter salvaged some respectability for the visitors with a 55-run eighth-wicket partnership.

But there was no way back as Horspath were bowled out for 116 to leave Tew convincing winners.

Gt & L Tew 20 pts, Horspath 6

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