Great Tew go through

Ecb U15 National Club Championship

Great Tew CC have progressed through to the regional finals of the Portman Building Society Under-15 National Club Championship, following a comprehensive seven-wicket victory over Overstone Park at Overstone in Northampton.

Winning the toss, Tew captain Jack Taylor had no hesitation in inviting the hosts to bat first on a damp wicket.

Opening bowlers Jimmy McPhee and Curtly Slatter bowled with discipline reducing the hosts to 26-1 from the first eight overs, with Slatter picking up the crucial wicket of opening bat and main run scorer Cook, for just one run.

Great Tew Under 15s

Great Tew (left to right - back) Arf Smith (coach), Curtly Slatter, Josh Moreton, Sammy Licence, Jimmy McPhee, Harry Blackwell, Jamie Moreton, Robbie Catling, Kevin Taylor (Manager) ( l - r front) Freddie Frithz, Matt Taylor, Jack Taylor, Josh Smith, Kieran Phillips-Tebb

West Oxon district off-spinner Kieran Phillips-Tebb kept up his top form in the competition picking up 4-11 from his allotted overs, Taylor also picking up 2-9.

Backed up by an excellent fielding display Tew reduced Overstone Park to 75 from their 20 overs with wicketkeeper Josh Smith picking up two stumpings, by standing up to the stumps throughout the innings.

In reply, Great Tew lost opener Taylor for five, clean bowled by a fine yorker from Pegley. Smith joined Oxon U12 batsman Slatter and together the pair set about chasing down the total.

Slatter was then run out from a direct hit at the stumps bringing Matt Taylor to the middle who, with Smith, ran the Overstone fielders ragged with an effective tip and run approach.

With the target reduced to single figures Taylor (16) was caught while looking to finish the match in style with another boundary but Tew passed their target for the loss of just three wickets in the 15th over, with Smith finishing unbeaten on 35 and Phillips- Tebb 2*.

Tew now travel to Mosley for the Regional Finals on Monday August 6.