Stuart Smith and Sean Tidey turn the tables on Dunstable

Reed overcame high flying Dunstable in an exciting, low scoring, encounter on The Green. Toby Fynn sent back both the opposition's openers cheaply, but once again skipper, Tom Greaves, turned to spin and Sean Tidey soon rewarded him with a couple of wickets. However a stand of 84 beetween Sam Cherry (65) and Matthew Woodcock (52), who survived some sharp chances in the field, appeared to be taking the game away. After lunch though,Tidey and Greaves (2-82) took control as Dunstable lost their last 6 wickets for 39 and were bowled out for 192 in 51 overs, giving Reed 8 more precious overs to win the game. Tidey kept the match ball, finishing with splendid figures of 17-3-48-6. The home side needed the cushion of those extra overs as the Cherry brothers kept a tight rein on their reply. Only Ed Wharton's customary rapid 41 mastered the early bowling. Indeed Reed slipped to 90-5 after tea, but Stuart Smith had been patiently playing himself in. With a match winning innings he scored an unbeaten 62 over two and a half hours facing 150 balls. The other batsmen all contributed by surviving more than 20 deliveries, many from Reed's previous nemesis, the dangerouus Luke Cherry, who took 4-60 from his 21 overs. Late impetus from Greaves (19) and fittingly, Sean Tidey (28 not out) saw Reed to 193-7 to complete a hard fought victory and with other results going their way, Reed moved up three places to third in the Championship. (However, Richard will be livid that 6 match balls in addition to Sean's trophy were lost with some massive maximums, despite neither side reaching 200 runs!) Match report submitted by Peter Wholley.

Poor all round display by Reed 1sts

Reed 1st XI travelled to bottom of the table Dunstable Town on Saturday and proved that the quality of teams in the Saracens Premier League Championship is very even. Reed won the toss and inserted Dunstable on a very good wicket and large outfield. Dunstable got off to a flying start as the Reed bowlers failed to hit their lengths. After 10 overs, Dunstable were 58 without loss and Captain Tom Greaves was forced to bring himself on far earlier than usual. Greaves (20 overs, 1 maiden, 63 runs and 2 wickets) stemmed the flow of runs, supported by Ian Osborne (12-1-60-3). However opener Matthews could not be budged and batted until he was run out for 122 in the 59th over. Dunstable were finally bowled out for 264 on the last ball of the 60th over. On such a good wicket, given their position high up in the League, Reed could be confident of chasing the score down in their maximum of 55 overs. However, opening bowler Lee Cherry and his brother had other ideas. Bowling an immaculate line and length at brisk pace, Lee took 6 for 61 in 16 overs, supported by off spinning brother S.Cherry, (11.2-5-26-3), to blow Reed's batting away. Only Rob Lankester, (23), Sean Tidey, (29) Ed Wharton, (29 not out), and Ian Osborne, (31), demonstrated any resistance. Reed host top of the table Letchworth this coming weekend and will have to demonstrate much more discipline and fight if they are to prevail. Report submitted by RMR.

Sean took Reed over the line in a game that seemed to be slipping away

Reed edged a tight game against Dunstable by 3 wickets as the match see-sawed backwards and forwards. Dunstable were 131-3 with Essex 2nd XI player Ali (26) and Guy Hill (63) leading the charge, but new skipper, Tom Greaves (8-2-26-5) took 5 wickets for 7 runs and with Alex Mutucumarana taking the last two, they were all out for 143. Reed built their innings steadily with Chris Jackson top scoring on 33, but they too suffered a collapse from 106-3 to 117-7 until Sean Tidey's lusty knock of 20 from 17 balls, supported by Ed Wharton saw them home with 10 overs to spare. Report by Peter Wholley.