CRICKET: Harris joy as Tew reach last eight

Harry Smith hit a century for Great and Little Tew in their 75-run win against

Harry Smith hit a century for Great and Little Tew in their 75-run win against

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Great & Little Tew skipper Andy Harris saluted the efforts of his side as they beat Ashbrittle to reach the national quarter-finals of the Davidstow Village Cup.

Harry Smith hit a century as Tew won by 75 runs at Somerset champions Ashbr-ittle to set up a trip to Cornish side Roche on Sunday, July 20.

“It’s a great result for the boys,” said Harris.

“It’s always difficult playing against a side you know little about.

“It was a good batting performance that set up the win.”

Regular wicket-keeper Ash-ley Hubbert, who was a doubt after injuring a knee in the last round at Parley, was cleared to play though Robbie Catling took over behind the stumps.

In Sunday’s game, Smith hammered a destructive 109 to take Tew to 241-6 off their 40 overs after they won the toss and elected to bat at the Somerset venue, which was situated on top of a hill.

The Oxfordshire champions had been in trouble early on after being reduced to 17-2, before Smith was joined by Marcus Jeacock (30) in a 149-run third-wicket stand which set them on the way to a formidable total.

Smith’s dominant innings included 12 fours and three sixes.

Tew’s accurate attack, led by Lawrence Brock (3-19) and Harris (3-31), then ensured Ashbrittle were always behind the run rate.

Despite conceding a whopping 43 extras, Tew held their opponents to 166-9.

Harris believes his side will face an even tougher examination when they travel to Cornwall, the conquerors of Hampshire side Hambledon, in two week’s time.

He said: “It’s a four-and-a-half hour trip which makes it tough anyway.

“Although we don’t know much about them, they beat Hambleton, who are a fairly reasonable Southern League side, so we will have to be wary of them.”

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