CRICKET: Horspath face big test against Reading

Will Eason leads Horspath against Reading

Will Eason leads Horspath against Reading

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Horspath skipper Will Eason has dismissed thoughts that their Serious Cricket Home Counties Premier League Division 2 top-of-the-table clash against Reading at the Recreation Ground tomorrow is a title-decider.

Eason recognises the importance of the clash, with his side holding an 18-point cushion over the Berkshire club in second place.

But he feels, particularly with the change of format to 50 overs-a-side win-lose games, there is a long way to go before any side can lay claim to be champions.

He said: “If we can get a win on Saturday it will stand us in good stead to be top of the pile at the end of the season.

“I don’t see it as a title-decider, but it is a massive game.

“They are not in a great run at the moment, but if they are trying to get out of a run the change of format could be more helpful to them.

“We will carry on as we are. We have great momentum and are playing decent stuff and everyone is contributing.”

Horspath make one change from the side which won at Dinton last week, with Pat Foster replacing Mohson Rana, who is at a wedding.

Great & Little Tew dented Reading’s title ambitions with an emphatic seven-wicket win last week, and they’ll be looking to continue their good run when they visit Amersham.

Skipper Andy Harris said: “It would be nice to get another win this week or next, and make ourselves safe rather than relying on other results going our way.”

Matthew Clark and Ian Bryan come in for Robbie Catling and Robbie Shurmer.

Shipton-under-Wychwood skipper Simon Hole, whose side visit Cove, believes in-form opener Joe Barrett is worth an Oxfordshire call-up.

The Gloucestershire Academy batsman has hit back-to-back centuries.

And Hole said: “He is one of the best young players around and he should be in that side in my eyes. He played two games last year and I know he had one 50.”

Shipton make two changes with Tim Senior and Sasha Barras coming in for Jason Hunt and Shaun Cross.

TOMORROW’S TEAMS

Great & Little Tew (v Amersham, away): White, Hubbert, Jordan Garrett, Smith, Slatter, Clark, Harris (capt), Lloyd Brock, Woods, Thomas, Bryan.

Horspath (v Reading, home): Todd, R Eason, Phillips, Ali, Foster, Skelton, Conradie, W Eason (capt), Faruq, Krol, Belcher.

Shipton-under-Wychwood (v Cove, away): J Barrett, R Barrett, Dickinson, Hole (capt), Wood, Sanklecha, Senior, Seacole, Barras, Brain, Miller.

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