In each round of the 2017 National Village Cup Gunn & Moore sponsor an award for the Performance of the Round.
In the Quarter-Finals, the spotlight fell on Reed’s victorious visit to Bledlow Village. Sean Tidey and his big brother Jack both made decisive contributions. Taking the new ball, Jack took 5 for 21 as Bledlow were bowled out for 85 chasing 227. However, the organisers, The Cricketer magazine, chose Sean for Performance of the Round. His special knock of 75 runs off 44 deliveries changed the pace of the Reed innings and let them post the competitive total of 227. He then bowled his 8 overs for 20 runs, taking the crucial wicket of Harry Bartlett who had scored 140 in the previous round. This is what Sean had to say about his performance and Reed’s chances in the Semi-Finals.
“At this stage of the tournament you have to be backing yourself. We have beaten a few good teams on the way to the semi-final. The chance to play at Lord’s again is an additional incentive too. Greavesie (our skipper) pushed me up from number 8 to 5 and gave me instructions to play my shots. I’d like to think the pace of my innings, and partnership with James Heslam put us in control. Later, Jack bowled exceptionally and obviously picking up five wickets in 7 overs put us on top!
Reed always takes the NVC seriously as we know that the chance to get to play at Lord’s is one that doesn’t come very often. We won the Cup in 2012 and playing at Lord’s once just makes you want to go back again!
We have played in the competition since it began 45 years ago and the older members of the club are always quick to tell the stories of “The Team Of ’88″!”
As winner of the Performance of the Round Sean receives a specially engraved Gunn & Moore cricket bat customised to show his performance. Additionally, all the round winners will be invited to the Gunn & Moore factory in Nottingham, when they will see for themselves the GM bat making process.
Every round winner will be in with a chance of being picked for the 2017 Performance of the Season. The winner will receive a Gunn & Moore kitbag, including bat, pads, gloves and helmet.