Reed back to winning ways

Dunstable 174 all-out Reed 245-4 Reed won by 71 runs

REED got back to winning ways with a convincing 71-run win over previously fourth-placed Dunstable with a great all round performance on Saturday.

James Heslam and Tom Greaves opened for Reed and the pair took the game to Dunstable from the off. Greaves hit his first 50 of the season off only 39 balls in an innings which included 11 4s before being dismissed. This bought Reed vice-captain Chris Jackson in with captain Heslam (80) and both used their maturity and experience to guide the Dunstable attack to all areas of the very large outfield.

Reed wanted to get as many runs as possible considering the Dunstable outfield was so quick, but this meant wickets began to fall from attacking shots rather than good balls.

Jackson went for 28 as did Liam McKecknie after a quick-fire innings.

Tom Fulk (31*) and Phil Frenay (10*) with a strike rate of 250 per cent saw Reed reach an impressive 245-4 in 52 overs.

In reply, Dunstable never really got going and hit only 1 run off the first 4 overs, with young Jack Tidey (1-24) and Graham Wilson (3-52) bowling well.

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Wilson got the first wicket after the Dunstable opener’s eyes lit up after thinking he had a run scoring shot before his stumps were sent tumbling.

Reed continued to attack and the bowlers applied relentless pressure on the Dunstable batsmen.

Greaves and Will Dobson, the new Reed spin partnership, chipped away with Greaves taking 3-12 and Dobson 1-28.

Dunstable batsmen Jon Lodwick frustrated the Reed bowlers, though, with his resolute half century and a victory was beginning to look rather unlikely.

However, a breakthrough from fast bowler Lee Johnson (1-36) with a sharp catch behind the stumps from keeper Simon Jackson finally brought an end to Lodwick’s knock of 92. Dunstable had now lost nine wickets with four overs remaining.

Reed’s innings was started by Heslam and Greaves so it was fitting that it was finished with the two of them as Heslam caught the winning catch off the bowling of Greaves leaving Dunstable 174 all-out.

Skipper Heslam, was delighted with the Reed win and said: “For weeks we have been talking about playing to our potential and finally today we did. Everyone performed today and had an influence on the game with either the bat, the ball or in the field. It was a nice to get the total but to bowl a team out on the Dunstable track was very impressive indeed.”