Tewin won the toss and elected to bat, and there was the fall of an early wicket with Hughes taking a catch off Yates’s bowling. Wickets continued to fall and Tewin stood at 112 for 6 after 27 overs, with wickets falling to Hughes (6-1-23-2), Haslam (8-1-26-2) and Emes (8-1-40-1). However, some general sloppiness in the field in the last 10 overs was costly, allowing Tewin to reach 183 for 9 off their 40 overs. The final wickets falling to Johnson (8-2-28-1), Adam (2-0-23-1) and the returning Yates (8-1-36-2). Three of the middle order for Tewin reaching 30 or above but falling before reaching their 50’s. Yates and Garrott almost colliding, as Garrott took a catch to dismiss Taylor on 46.

Reed also lost an early wicket, with Johnson being bowled off his pads for only a single. Bill Mansfield (10) then hit some lusty blows before holing out to mid-on. Then Ben Mansfield (4) and Matt Yates (0) followed in quick succession. Lloyd Bowman (15) alongside Paul Garrott then got their heads down to advance the score to 123, in a stand of 80, before Bowman was bowled in the 30th over. This stand almost rescued the game, but runs now conceded in the last 10 overs of the Tewin innings came to bear as Reed lost by 16 runs finishing on 167 for 7. The latter batsmen tried their best, but the youngsters didn’t quite have the fire power, with Jack Wilkerson (9) and Jonny Adam (5) and Toby Emes (3 no), all registering scores. Garrott (76) remained undefeated at the end, having held the innings together and scored almost half of the runs.

A competitive game, with a slightly disappointing outcome for Reed, to leave them 4th in the league table. Many thanks to Lloyd for his captaincy this season, with his ability to get a team on the field on all but one Saturday being a notable achievement, he is not available for the final game. Also to Jerry Yates, who has been our very able scorer in many games this season.

Report submitted by Steve Hughes.