CRICKET: Tew skipper hails quick-fire Smith

Great & Little Tew’s Harry Smith smashed a superb 79 as they beat Roche to move closer to a Lord’s final

Great & Little Tew’s Harry Smith smashed a superb 79 as they beat Roche to move closer to a Lord’s final

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Great & Little Tew skipper Andy Harris praised batsman Harry Smith for his spectacular innings which blasted them to within a win of a Lord’s final.

Smith hammered 79 off just 43 balls as Tew triumphed by 50 runs in the Davidstow Village Cup quarter-final clash at Cornish champions Roche.

“Harry’s innings was brilliant,” said Harris. “He really turned the game on its head.

“We had got off to a good start, but then we lost a couple of wickets.

“Harry came in and then pushed us on.

“When you post 200 runs and above then you know you are in with a good shout.”

Standing between Tew and a dream day at cricket’s HQ on Sunday, September 7 are either Reed (Hertfordshire) or Dinton (Bucks).

The teams meet again at Dinton on Sunday for the right to face Tew in the semi-finals on August 3 after Sunday’s tie was ended by a thunderstorm.

Choosing to bat first, Tew made a steady start, Ashley Hubbert leading the way with a half-century.

Following the dismissals of Joe White and Markus Jeacock, Hubbert shared a third-wicket stand of 105 with Smith before falling for 58 made off 103 balls.

The acceleration came from Smith, who hit five sixes and seven fours in a superb innings, which help Tew amass 99 from their last ten overs.

Tew’s total of 232-8 from 40 overs always looked a tough one.

But the hosts made a bright start, with 50 coming off the first ten overs.

Harris and Lloyd Brock slowed the momentum, so that when Ian Bryan came on, Roche needed more than seven runs per over.

The spinner took 4-31 in nine overs to confirm Tew’s place in the last four.

Harris added: “They (Roche) got their innings off to a flier, but we always knew we had the depth in our bowling to cope.

“We were very pleased to win. It was a real team effort.

“We don’t mind who we face in the next round, but we know we will face stiff opposition.”

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