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CRICKET: Tew hail Matt Finish
12:00pm Monday 10th June 2013 in Sport
A sensational spell from Matt Woods set Great & Little Tew up for a five-wicket win over Farnham Royal in Serious Cricket Home Counties Premier League Division 2 West on Saturday.
The opening bowler returned 5-28 off his ten overs as Tew climbed to second in the Division 2 West table with an emphatic victory.
The decision of Tew skipper Andy Harris to bowl first was vindicated when Woods had Ollie Clayson caught by Ashley Hubbert off the second ball of the second over.
The visitors progressed to 32-1, but then lost their next six wickets for 23 runs as Tew’s bowlers – led by Woods – turned the screw.
They were backed up by some safe hands in the field with nine of the ten wickets to fall coming courtesy of catches.
Hubbert caught George Thurstance for the second wicket, before fellow opening bowler Liam Manley got in on the act by dismissing Sajid Ali, caught by Harris.
Hubbert and Woods combined ago as Darvil Naik fell, before Woods claimed his fourth victim when Javed Khan was snapped-up by Harry Smith.
Harris then bowled Ed Packard, before Woods completed his five-wicket haul when Curtly Slatter caught Steve Shaw.
At 55-7 the visitors rallied briefly and a last-wicket stand of 30 between Murtaza Ghulam, who top-scored with 33, and Naveed Zaigham added a touch of respectibility to the target.
However, Tew were always in control of their reply.
Although Smith fell for three and Ed Gross managed eight, Joe White hit a solid 35 before he was trapped leg before by Khan.
Some steady partnerships meant that despite losing a few wickets, the hosts edged towards their total.
Lloyd Brock finished unbeaten on 25 as Tew secured victory in 34.2 overs.
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