DATCHET have suffered a first defeat in four matches in Division Two of the Home Counties League after a 147-run loss at Great & Little Tew on Saturday.

Datchet had been revelling in a three-match winning streak but were undone at The Gordon Taylor Oval, though they remain in second position in the league table.

Great & Little Tew won the toss and elected to bat first, the home side reaching 187-8 off 58 overs.

Number five Tom Price carried his bat through for an unbeaten 73 runs from 126 balls for his first career half-century.

Price put on 65 runs with Curtly Slatter (25) for the sixth wicket as the hosts recovered from 79-5 to reach 144-6.

Opening batsman Harrison Smith (20) and Robbie Catling (32) added 56 runs for the first wicket.

Oliver Birts was the best of the three Datchet bowlers used with figures of 6-91 from 22 overs.

His first five-wicket-haul of the season included the taking of Smith and Thomas Bradbeer for a third-ball duck.

Chris Peploe claimed Catling and Slatter in his 2-53, while Tom Lambert finished with figures of 0-41 from eight overs.

Datchet managed just 40 runs all out off 21 overs in response and for a fourth defeat in 13 league matches this season.

Number seven Max Stevenson finished unbeaten on six runs as not a single batsman reached double figures.

Lawrence Brock was the chief destroyer for Great & Little Tew with figures of 5-26 from 10 overs.

His second five-wicket-haul this summer included the wickets of opener Anthony Moorthoti (2) and captain Steven Naylor (4).

Joe Thomas claimed Birts (5) and James Morris (3) in his 3-10 from 10 overs, while the other wickets fell to Price (2-3).

Datchet are now 42 points behind Buckingham Town ahead of a visit to The Wally Gage Memorial Ground from the league leaders this Saturday (11.30am start).

Datchet 2s have dropped to places to sixth position in Division 3B of the Thames Valley League after a home draw with Tring 2s on Saturday.

Bayley Hall (39*) and Calum Taylor (33) helped Datchet reach 207-9 in reponse to the target of 277-7 declared set by the visitors.

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