Tidey enough!

Reed First XI, National Village Cup, Round 2. Reed welcomed Division 1 Sawbridgeworth to The Green on Sunday in pursuit of their third Lord’s victory in 7 years in the National Village Cup. Reed Skipper Greaves won the toss and had no hesitation In asking the visitors to bat. Reed’s opening pair Jack Tidey and Toby Fynn bowled solidly to start with Jack picking up an early wicket, trapping R. Sanders bang in front for 8. Each of the opening bowlers bowled tight spells and after 10 over Greaves brought himself and spin twin Sean Tidey into the attack. The introduction of spin then changed the game all together. Both bowled 8 overs straight returning combined figures of 6 for 45 in 16 overs. The opening pair of Jack and Toby came back and wrapped the tail up convincingly and Sawbridgeworth were all out in 29.1 overs for an under par score of 92. After a typically excellent Sunday afternoon tea, Reed’s openers Richard Wharton and Sean Tidey set to work on knocking off the required runs. Sean in particular took a liking to S.Black hitting him for several boundaries, although once he made a very quick fire 32, Black had Tidey bowled going for one shot too many. The wicket brought vice-captain Rob Lankester to the crease and he and Wharton calmly knocked off the remaining runs with ease as Reed cruised home with 9 wickets in hand inside 14 overs. Reed will be welcoming Sharnbrook & Bromham (Bedfordshire) in the next round up at The Green on Sunday 26th of May. Match Report submitted by TDG.