CRICKET: Tew won’t change anything for historic Lord’s showdown

Ashley Hubbert (right) takes the applause after he and Jordan Garrett (left) steered Great & Little Tew to a nine-wicket victory at Dinton in the semi-final

Ashley Hubbert (right) takes the applause after he and Jordan Garrett (left) steered Great & Little Tew to a nine-wicket victory at Dinton in the semi-final

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DAVIDSTOW VILLAGE CUP FINAL PREVIEW - GREAT & LITTLE TEW V WOODHOUSE GRANGE

ANDY Harris is urging Great & Little Tew to keep it simple as they prepare for the biggest day in the club’s history at Lord’s.

Tew face Yorkshire’s Woodhouse Grange, two-time former winners, in the national village final on Sunday, hoping to become only the second Oxfordshire side to lift the trophy – after Shipton-under-Wychwood.

Playing at the home of cricket in front of an expected four-figure crowd will be a new and potentially daunting experience for the side.

But skipper Harris said: “We are just going to approach it exactly the same as we have done throughout my term of captaincy.

“We are not going to do anything different.

“It’s going to be at Lord’s with a much bigger crowd than we usually have.

“But we are still playing with the same red ball we always have.”

While Tew remain focused, Harris knows this may be a once in a career opportunity.

“It probably won’t sink it until two or three days afterwards,” he said.

Tew have used 16 players during the campaign, but Harris has named the same squad of 12 that beat Dinton in the semi-finals.

Of the remaining four players, Curtly Slatter and Lawrence Brock have become ineligible during the season due to appearances for Oxfordshire and Northants 2nd respectively.

Josh Garrett and Jack Haggett remain on standby and will also travel to Lord’s.

“It is never an easy choice,” said Harris.

“That’s the nasty part of captaincy, to have those tough conversations with guys you are leaving out.

“The whole 16 are going up to Lord’s the night before and will be treated just the same.”

Tew’s players will be put up in a hotel and get new kit for the day.

Their Lord’s appearance follows promotion to the Home Counties Premier League in 2012, both of which were targets when Harris teamed up with coach Phil Slatter in 2011.

“I didn’t expect we would do it so quickly,” said Harris.

“It’s a fantastic achievement from the guys.

“They are a really strong group of players with a great attitude.

“It’s great that 13 of that 16 have come through the ranks at Tew as well, playing at least since under 17 level.”

Great & Little Tew: from White, Smith, Hubbert, Josh Garrett, Jeacock, Darby, Harris (capt), Shurmer, Catling, Lloyd Brock, Thomas, Bryan.

HOW GREAT & LITTLE TEW GOT TO LORD’S

1st round: Beat Horspath by six wickets.

2nd round: Beat Cropredy by six wickets.

3rd round: Beat Shipton-under-Wychwood by three wickets.

Oxfordshire final: Beat Cumnor by nine wickets.

Last 32: Beat Parley (Dorset) by 121 runs.

Last 16: Beat Ashbrittle (Somerset & Avon) by 72 runs.

Quarter-final: Beat Roche (Devon & Cornwall) by 50 runs.

Semi-final: Beat Dinton (Buckinghamshire) by nine wickets.

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