CRICKET: Tew make Lord's, but staying up is priority

Great & Little Tew’s players show their delight after their victory against Dinton which set up a trip to Lord’s in the final on September 7 Picture: Steve Wheeler

Great & Little Tew’s players show their delight after their victory against Dinton which set up a trip to Lord’s in the final on September 7 Picture: Steve Wheeler

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Andy Harris says he would sacrifice Great & Little Tew’s Lord’s final if it meant they avoid relegation.

Tew captain Harris was delighted to lead his side to the Davidstow Village Cup final with a nine-wicket victory at Dinton on Sunday.

But with Tew lying one place off the bottom, he stressed their priority rem-ained staying up in Serious Cricket Home Counties Premier League Division 2.

“Reaching the final won’t affect us at all,” said Harris.

“For the next five weeks, we have some big league games.

“We are perilously close to the bottom of the table, but with the talent we have got, we know that if we perform to our potential we will get the points we need to stay up.

“I would give up this final to stay up.

“The final is the icing on the cake.”

Tew now play twice-winners York-shire’s Woodhouse Grange at the home of cricket on Sunday, September 7 after they beat Milford Hall (Staffordshire).

It’s the first time since 2010 that a West Oxfordshire side has appeared at Lord’s when two-time winners Shipton-under-Wychwood lost to Yorkshire side Sessay.

And because the teams will report to Lord’s the previous afternoon, Tew must now rearrange their final league game against Dinton, which was scheduled for September 6.

Reflecting on their semi-final success, Harris said: “We set out with a plan to bowl and field very tightly and that really came off.

“I gave Lloyd Brock the new ball and he did brilliantly and the others bowlers were great too.

“In this competition, we have usually got to 20 overs without losing more than one wicket. It was great to be able to do that again.”

Harris added that Tew’s chairman Dave Freeman may have forseen their victory.

“I think the chairman had a dream a couple of weeks ago that we were going to bowl them out for 60.

“He didn’t know if we won that one because he woke up!”

Having rotated his squad in the competition, Harris knows he faces some difficult selection decisions for Lord’s.

“Everyone is now available.” he said.

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