Reed 1st XI versus Preston 1st XI. Regional Final, (Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Group), National Village Cup, 2019. Reed made short work of the Beds & Herts Regional Final by bowling out Preston for 104 in the 36th over then cracking 105 for 2 within 15 overs. Initially, Preston got off to a good start thanks to some powerful drives by James Stevens (23), but once he was snaffled by a diving Rob Lankester at backward point off Jack Tidey’s bowling, the visitors lost regular wickets although number 4, Morecroft put up some resistance with 27. Toby Fynn and the elder Tidey bowled a good line and length and this combined with some excellent ground fielding, put Preston under pressure. Tom Greaves and Mitchell Copper replaced them and snared 2 wickets each then Sean Tidey contributed another. Meanwhile, Jack Caine came on from the other end and cleaned up the tail taking an excellent 4 for 13. Reed’s openers got the innings off to a flying start with Richard Wharton hitting the first delivery, (which was a No Ball), for a six! Even though he fell soon after, Reed were without mercy as the belligerent Sean Tidey scored an array of shots round the Green in his 65. Rob Lankester was 27 not out when Reed overhauled Preston’s total with 8 wickets in hand. Stoke Green CC won the Buckinghamshire Final and will be Reed’s next opponents in the 5th Round. This will be at Reed on Sunday 23rd June starting at 1300hrs. Match Report submitted by PGB.
1st XI versus (awaits opponents) National Village Cup Round 4 (Regional Final)
After one 1st Round victory and two concessions, Reed found themselves matched against Preston in the Herts & Beds Regional Final of the National Village Cup on Sunday at Reed. Batting first, Preston didn’t cope with Jack Tidey’s aggressive spell of 8 overs in which he rocked the visitors by taking 3 for 16. Opener Morecroft survived to make 24 then later Hill (30), Kenna (24) and Murrell (26) tried to build a defendable total, but with further wickets falling regularly to Karl Ward (2) and Sean Tidey (2), Preston were able only to reach 149 for 8 in their 40 overs. After the interval, William Heslam looked intent on attack and quickly out-scored partner, Richard Wharton, before losing his off stump to Murrell’s spinner. Heslam had made 28 of the 46 opening partnership but the second wicket then added 92 when Rob Lankester came in at number 3. He became one of Walker’s 2 wickets but not before hitting a scintillating 60, of which 44 were in boundaries. All the while, Wharton was compiling a solid half-century of his own and was out for 52 just when the scores were levelled. It required Chris Jackson to knock the winning single accompanied by Stuart Smith who did not need to face a delivery. Reed won comfortably in the 34th over by 7 wickets. In the next round, Reed will represent Herts & Beds against Foxton who won the Cambs & Norfolk Group thanks to a concession by their opponents from Fordham. That match is scheduled for Sunday 25th June starting at 1pm at Foxton. This fixture promises to be a close encounter for local bragging rights in the Village Cup; after all Foxton were beaten [...]
National Village Cup Round 4, Regional Final (Home)
The Saturday Firsts did not score enough runs to prevent Preston winning a friendly at Reed. Phil Lill reached the forties. Meanwhile, ton-up Phil Frenay and Richard Johnson (78) notched-up 203 in partnership at the Freman College Oval in a win over Braughing by 100 runs. Alex Kelly took 4 wickets as Braughing were all-out for 177. Finally, Mitchell Cooper scored 80 and Sean Tidey 75 not out chasing 169 in a friendly at Preston on a cold and damp Sunday. Reed won within 17 overs by 9 wickets. Expect Match Reports in due course. PGB