CRICKET: Tew sweating on Hubbert's fitness

Great & LIttle Tew opener Joe White hit an unbeaten 85 in their home clash with Cove, only for the Division 2 match to be abandoned due to bad weather

Great & LIttle Tew opener Joe White hit an unbeaten 85 in their home clash with Cove, only for the Division 2 match to be abandoned due to bad weather

First published in Sport

Great & Little Tew hope to have wicket-keeper batsman Ashley Hubbert fit for their last 16 clash at Somerset champions Ashbrittle in the Davidstow Village Cup on Sunday.

Hubbert suffered a severe gash to his knee during their convincing 121-run victory at Dorset side Parley in the previous round ten days ago.

It was predicted, he could be out for up to three weeks.

But the wound, which needed six stitches, has healed well and Andy Harris remains optimistic.

“We’re monitoring Ashley’s progress each day, but hope that he will be fit to play this weekend,” said Harris.

The skipper, whose side are bottom of Division 2 in the Serious Cricket Home Coun-ties Premier League, said the players had not even begun to think about Ashbrittle yet.

“The league is our main priority and we’ve got a very important game at Dinton on Saturday,” he said.

“Not until that game is over, will we begin to focus on the Village Cup.”

Tew are just three victories away from a Lord’s final. Their next opponents, Ashbrittle, based near Wellington, play in the West Somerset League and beat fancied Welsh side Ynys-tawe in the last round.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, Joe White and Harry Smith were in scintillating form for Tew in their league home game with Cove.

But after building a strong position, the hosts were denied by the weather.

After a delayed start, the match was originally reduced to 76 overs and Tew soon lost Jordan Garrett after choosing to bat.

White and Smith then added 153 in rapid time for the second wicket.

Smith was the dominant partner, striking 86 off 77 balls with three sixes and ten fours.

White was unbeaten on 85, having faced 103 balls and hit 12 fours, when rain led Tew to declare at 185-2 after 34 overs.

Cove were unable to start their reply as the delay meant that the minimum 70 overs could not be bowled.

Great & Little Tew 6pts, Cove 6 Great & Little Tew gave High Wycombe a walk-over in their HCPL Twenty20 quarter-final encounter on Sunday.

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