Reed’s Sunday Seconds put in yet another solid performance on their home turf to defeat Aston. Marcus J.E. Baker won the toss and elected to bat first backing his confidence in his sides batting ability to set a strong target.
Peter Baker and Rhodri Hughes started cautiously in making just 34 from the first 10 overs. However, with both batsmen now settled and comfortable at the crease a more aggressive second quarter saw Reed reach three figures by drinks. With the score on 119 the first wicket fell with Hughes being caught behind just one shy of a much deserved half century. Baker followed soon after for a well constructed 67.
With two new batsmen at the crease Aston had an opening to exert some pressure. However, this was not to be the case as Lloyd Bowman and Matt Naeem resisted their attack adding 55 together. In fact Naeem, usually an accumulator, went on an all out assault and began to hit over the top in making 35. Bowman too continued his season long good form in contributing 19. M.J.E. Baker (14) then had the opportunity to bat alongside his brother James (22) as the Baker boys knocked the ball around taking Reed’s total past 200. In the final few overs Ben Moody (5*) ran well in support of the devastating Sean Tidey (27*) who hit 26 from the last over to see Reed to 253 for 6.
In response Aston recovered from an early loss to form a threatening second wicket partnership. This momentum ended when spin twins Matt Naeem (6-1-19-2) and Sean Tidey (5-0-20-2) ripped through the middle order. Tidey and Naeem’s wickets were all bowled and left the visitors at 80 for 5. Jack Childs who had earlier taken the first wicket thanks to great catch from James Baker returned for a second spell but had no further luck. Owen Hughes (6-2-15-1) began a superb spell bowling down the hill and did not concede a run until the sixth ball of his third over. His wonderful line and length were finally rewarded with a catch from Lloyd Bowman. Joe Graves had also bowled well in both his spells despite not taking a scalp, regardless he returned good figures of 8 overs 3 maidens , 0 for 29.
Aston reached 40 overs on 183 but with only two wickets intact, Rhodri Hughes and M.J.E. Baker chipping in with a wicket each. Despite not taking all ten wickets it was a real team victory with contributions from everyone.